Rifleman Hookings embarked from NZ for Egypt with C Company, 11th Platoon 1st Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade (7th Reinforcements, NZEF). He was killed in action at Bir Shold in Egypt on 23rd January 1916 and is buried at Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery which is near Alexandria, Egypt. He was one of the first casualties of the NZRB.

[Refer Austin, W.S.  Official History of NZ Rifle Brigade p48 for photo of grave]