James William Hawkins

Jul 3, 1882

Born in London, England


May 4, 1912

Embarked the SS Teutonic in Liverpool with his wife Margaret and son Joseph


May 13, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec


Nov 23, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59441 (temporary number 1087)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. James (Margaret) Hawkins, wife, 4 Bay, Battlefield, England

o       This is also noted as being 4 Bay, Barriefield, Ontario

o       I could not determine which is correct as I could not locate either address through an internet search.  His wife’s address is later noted as being in Kingston, Ontario and I suspect the original address should read 4 Bay St, Kingston

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 10 years in the 3rd Battalion in Surrey, England

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 29, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 1, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 3 days pay for his absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 14, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Constipation.  He was transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station operated by the No. 5 CFA at Godewaersvelde, France


Jan 17, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s advance on the sugar refinery near Courcelette, Private Hawkins was killed and his body was never recovered from the battlefield.  As such, he is now honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy Ridge, France, for those who were killed in France and have no known grave.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Margaret Kennedy (she had remarried), 108-10th St., New Westminster, British Columbia 

A second Memorial Cross (shown below) was sent to his mother, Mrs. Ellen Hawkins, 7 Eckett St., Dockhead, Bermondsey, England



Private Hawkins is honoured in Kingston, Ontario on both the Memorial Wall (top) and on the City Hall plaque (below)

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