Cecil Gordon Hawkes

Name

Cecil Gordon Hawkes

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

21/04/1918
22

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
42544
Essex Regiment
11th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

RAMPARTS CEMETERY, LILLE GATE
J.9.
Belgium

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

Cecil was the son of George & Rosanna Hawkes of 15 Homlesdale Terrace, Stevenage.

Wartime Service

He was performing one of the most dangerous front line tasks, that of company runner. This involved the carrying of messages to and from forward positions, often across open ground, in order to keep commanders updated on the current state of any action. The Battalion were in position at Zillebeke Lake in the Ypres sector, which was part of the Dolls House line. The Germans attacked the sector with a barrage of gas shells which resulted in 10 casualties, one of whom died. This was Cecil Hawkes and he is buried in the Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson