Joseph Hawkins

Feb 2, 1889

Born in Montreal, Quebec


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59442 (temporary number 376)

Ø      Next of kin given as Josephine Duffany, cousin, Seattle, Washington, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø      Previous military experience given as 6 years in the USA Coastal Artillery

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” 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


Feb 1, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Pioneer Corporal


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


Jun 18, 1915

Returned to regular duty in “B” Company as a Private


Jun 23, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martins Plain Military Hospital, Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jun 29, 1915

Transferred to the 1st Northern General Hospital Workhouse in Newcastle-on-Tyne and the diagnosis was changed to read VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Aug 9, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 25, 1915

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) Mining Section for duty


Oct 25, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and transferred the same day to the 2nd Division Rest Station at the No. 4 CFA, Locre, France to recover


Oct 30, 1915

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Nov 30, 1915

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA again with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and transferred the same day to the 2nd Division Rest Station at Locre, France to recover


Dec 8, 1915

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Dec 17, 1915

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis and transferred division rest station at Locre


Dec 24, 1915

Transferred to the No. 10 North Midland CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Dec 29, 1915

Discharged to Base Details from the CCS


Jan 12, 1916

Rejoined the mining section from hospital


Jan 23, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the mining section


Mar 2, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA with a shrapnel wound to his face and nose


Mar 3, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 CFA at Mont des Cats


Mar 6, 1916

Transferred to the Mont des Cats Hospital then discharged to duty


Apr 12, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a sprained left ankle and transferred the same day to the No. 4 CFA


Apr 14, 1916

Transferred to the No. 17 CCS and then transported that evening via the No. 24 AT (Ambulance Train)


Apr 16, 1916

Admitted to the No. 24 General Hospital in Etaples for treatment where the injury was discovered to be more serious than first thought.


Apr 27, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Colchester General Military Hospital 

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 5, 1916

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom to continue his recovery


Jul 27, 1916

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 1st CCD for 6 weeks of physical training and therapy in Folkestone


Nov 5, 1916

Posted to the CCTB (Canadian Corps Training Battalion) and attached to the convalescent depot in Bath


Nov 16, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Dec 11, 1916

Declared by a Court of Inquiry to be illegally absent and to have deficiencies in his kit to the amount of £6.3.8 ¾.  This was later amended to read £1.3.8 

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the CCTB and forfeited 21 days pay and placed under pay stoppage of £6.3.8 ¾.


Dec 28, 1916

Arrested and posted to the EORD while in custody


Jan 24, 1917

Attached to the CCTB


Feb 9, 1917

TOS CCAC and attached to the 2nd CCD (Canadian Command Depot)


Mar 10, 1917



Apr 10, 1917

Ceased to be attached and shown in detention in the Gosport Barracks


Apr 23, 1917

TOS CCAC and attached to the 2nd CCD


Jun 1, 1917

Sentenced to by District Court Martial to 18 months detention in the Gosport Detention Barracks for his absence 

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion while in detention


Jun 19, 1917

Released from detention in order to proceed to France 

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jul 8, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Aug 21, 1917

Left the entrenching battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in Billets in Villers au Bois


Jan 3, 1918

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #1 for stealing from a comrade


Apr 28, 1918

Reported to be AWL


May 3, 1918

Arrested and taken into custody to await Court Martial


May 6, 1918

TOS the CIBD and under arrest for being AWL


Jun 12, 1918

Left the CIBD under escort to rejoin the unit


Jun 25, 1918

Tried by FGCM (Field General Court Martial) for desertion 

Found not guilty of desertion, but guilty of being AWL and sentenced to 2 years IHL (In Hard Labour) 

Forfeited 6 days pay for his absence


Jul 23, 1918

Released from detention under the Suspension of Sentences Act.  The sentence was to be reviewed on October 15, 1918


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River near Vis-en-Artois, Private Hawkins was instantly killed by an enemy artillery shell and later buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, France.   Note that this is a double grave and Private Hawkins is shown on the bottom

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal were sent to his cousin, Miss Josephine Duffany, at 3820-36th Ave., Seattle, Washington, USA 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, A. Duffany, at the same address 

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. A Duffany, at the same address


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