Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet
NameLance Corporal William John Hawkins
Birth1873, Llanelli CMN
Death21 Jun 1916, Iraq
BurialAmara War Cemetery
Spouses
Birth18 Jul 1874, Burslem STS
Death7 Aug 1944, Llanelli CMN
BurialLlanelli CMN Box Cemetery
FatherThomas Roberts (1833-1904)
MotherJane Wells (1834-1874)
Marriage1904, Llanelli CMN
ChildrenAnnie Gwendoline (1905-1988)
Notes for Lance Corporal William John Hawkins
William John Hawkins, Lance Corporal, 38185, Welsh Regiment. William was the son of William and Emma Hawkins. He had married by 1905, and lived with his wife, Emma Hawkins (nee Roberts), and their daughter Annie, at 1, Laburnum Cottage, Swansea Road, Llanelli. William had served during the Boer War of 1899-1902. He enlisted at Llanelli into the 8th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, the Pioneer battalion to the 13th (Western) Division. On 13 June 1915 the Division sailed for Alexandria, and landed at Gallipoli during July 1915, relieving the 29th Division. On 8 January 1916, the Division was evacuated from Helles, and by 31 January was concentrated at Port Said, where they held forward posts in the Suez Canal defences. On 12 February, 1916 the Division began to move to Mesopotamia, to strengthen the force being assembled for the relief of the besieged garrison at Kut al Amara. By 27 March, the Division had assembled near Sheikh Saad and came under orders of the Tigris Corps, and then took part in the attempts to relieve Kut. William took ill in Mesopotamia, and died on 21 June 1916, aged 36. He is buried at Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.
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