John Howard Hawke



Mar 25, 1896

Born at St Catharines Ontario


Nov 11, 1915

Attested into the 81st Battalion at St Catharines Ontario 

Ø      Number 159597

Ø      Next of kin given as John Hawke Sr (father) of 12 Junkin St., St Catharines Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


May 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


May 12, 1916

Transferred to Brigade Machine Gun Section at West Sandling Camp


Jun 23, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 86th Battalion at Shorncliffe


Aug 25, 1916

Arrived at Canadian Base Depot at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 15/17, 1916

Reported killed in action during attack on the Sugar Factory during the battle of the Somme

Courcelette British Cemetery
Somme France


May 26, 1920

Beginning on this date, and on various dates after, the following medals were sent to the family at 12 Junkin St., St Catharines Ontario 

Ø      British War Medal

Ø      Victory Medal

Ø      Plaque and Scroll

Ø      Memorial Cross


Above is the memorial plaque at the front of the St Catharines ON City Hall


For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of John Hawke being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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