George Thomas Hawkins

Name

George Thomas Hawkins

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

21/03/1918
36

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Bombardier
88364
Royal Garrison Artillery
156th Heavy Bty.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

RED CROSS CORNER CEMETERY, BEUGNY
I. K. 5.
France

UK Memorials

Not on the Stanstead Abbotts memorials

Pre War

Born on 5th January 1882, in Stanstead Abbotts, to parents Richard and Emily, he had three brothers and four sisters. In 1891 they were living in High Oak Road, Ware, and his father was a working foreman for a maltster. By 1901 George was a boarder living in Dunmow Road, Bishop’s Stortford and was employed as a maltster. He married Catherine Eliza Stokes in 1907 and in the 1911 census they are living at 43 Castle Road, Isleworth, with their two-year-old daughter Ivy. They later went on to have two sons George and John, before he joined the army. On date of attestation he states that he had been a member of the Hertfordshire Volunteers for three years.

Wartime Service

Joined the Army on 29th May 1916, in Whitehall, was posted to France on 30th September 1916 and was assigned to 156 Heavy (Siege) Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, who were part of 14th (Light) Division. He was killed in action on the day that the German Army began its spring offensive, Operation Michael, on that day the Division lost all its guns and suffered 259 casualties.

Acknowledgments

Terry Collins