Brigade Surgeon Exham Long Hiffernan was born at the Vicarage, Aglish, County Kerry on 7 September 1830. He qualified LRCSI in 1854 and entered the Army Medical Department as an Assistant Surgeon on 16 June 1854.
He served with the 19th Regiment in the Eastern Campaign of 1854–1856 and was present at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman and the Siege and fall of Sebastopol.
He received the Crimea Medal with three clasps and the Turkish Medal.
Service Record — Exham Long Hiffernan
16 June 1854 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot on the resignation of Assistant Surgeon John Peile 19th Foot on 15 June 1854.
8 Sept 1863 Exchanged with Assistant Surgeon Peter Davidson 1st/5th (Northumberland Fusiliers).
10 July 1866 Staff Surgeon.
14 Sept 1866 Promoted Surgeon 2nd/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot vice Surgeon William Tydd Harding who moved to Staff. He served as their medical officer until April 1877 when he moved to the Staff at Gosport and Fort Elson.
16 June 1874 Surgeon Major.
1878–1880 On duty at Fort Elson.
Feb 1880 Promoted Brigade Surgeon under the provision of the Royal Warrant of 27 November 1879.