The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J Hawkins


Private Joseph HAWKINS, G/19654, 6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 28th August 1918.

Born Hadley, Middlesex, son of Joseph & Elizabeth Hawkins.

25th December 1904, Barnes, married Beatrice Ellen Pratchett, spinster.

Children - Annie Elizabeth Hawkins, born 1st February 1905, Barnet; Francis Ellen? Hawkins, born 2nd October 1906, Barnet; Vera Winifrid Hawkins, born 13th November 1909, Barnet; Horace William Hawkins, born 7th December 1914, Barnet.

1911 Census - 61 Puller Road, High Barnet - Joseph Hawkins, head, age 29, married, gardener, born Hadley; B Ellen Hawkins, wife, age 29, married 6 years, 4 children, 3 still alive, born Finsbury Park; Annie Hawkins, daughter, age 6, born Barnet; Francis Hawkins, daughter, age 4, born Barnet; Vera Hawkins, daughter, age 1, born Barnet.

Enlisted Watford, Hertfordshire, age 34 years & 9 months, height 5ft 3½ inches, weight 128lbs.  Resided 31a Fergusson Road, East Barnet, Hertfordshire. Formerly labourer.

Home 31st March 1917 to 27th June 1917; BEF 28th June 1917 to 16th December 1917, Home 17th December 1917 to 11th August 1918; Bef 12th August 1918 to 28th August 1918.

24th June 1916, deemed to have enlisted; 31st March 1917, called up for Service; 3rd April 1917, posted Suffolk Regiment, Service No.45328; 25th May 1917, Cliff Military Hospital, Felixstowe, Ophthalmic Centre, glasses ordered; 28th June 1917, Folkestone, embarked; 1st July 1917 joined 15th Depot, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment & posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment;   23rd July 1917, joined Battalion in the Field; 9th December 1917, wounded in action; 12th December 1917, Rouen, 9 (Lakeside USA) General Hospital, wounded left hand; 17th December 1917 to 16th March 1918, Duchess of Connaught, Canadian Red Cross Hospital, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, wounded back of left hand from bayonet, accidental; 16th March 1918 to 26th March 1918, Furlough granted from Hospital; 6th April 1918 to 15th July 1918, Eastern Command Depot, Tunbridge Wells; 16th July 1918, 4th Reserve Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st August 1918, Tunbridge Wells, overstaying draft leave from midnight until 8.10pm 5th August 1918, 4 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 4 days pay; 12th August 1918, posted BEF; 13th August 1918, Etaples, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th August 1918, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 25th August 1918, joined Battalion, In the Field.

6th April 1919, date when Separation Allowance of 35/6 a week will cease.

7th April 1919, pension of 33/9 a week awarded to widow & four children.

26th March 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Beatrice Ellen Hawkins, 31a Fergusson Road, East Barnet; Children - Annie Elizabeth, c/o Mrs Henderson, Hadley Wood; Francis Ellen? Vera & Horace, at home with mother; Father, Joseph Hawkins, dead; Mother, Elizabeth Hawkins, Quakers Lane, Potters Bar; Brother - William, age 41, Taylors Lane, Hanley? High Stone?; Sister - Elizabeth Green?, age 40, East Barnet Terrace, East Barnet.

Commemorated at Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Panel 7., France.

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