Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

George Thomas HAWKINS

Bombardier 88364

156th Heavy (Siege) Battery Royal Garrison Artillery

Killed in Action 21st March 1918 aged 36

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 working as a working foreman for a local maltster.  By 1901 George was a boarder living in Dunmow Road, Bishops Stortford and was also employed as a maltster.  He married Catherine Elizabeth Stokes in 1907 and in the 1911 census they are shown to be living at 43 Castle Road, Isleworth with their two year old daughter Ivy.  They went on to have two sons George and Thomas both born before their father joined the Army.

George enlisted on 29th May 1916 in Whitehall and was posted to France on 30th September 1916, but on his attestation papers he states that he had been a member of the Hertfordshire Volunteers for three years, this unit was the forerunner of the Hertfordshire regiment.  He was posted to number 156thHeavy (Siege) Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, part of the 14th Light Division.  On the first day the German Spring Offensive, 21st March 1918,the Division lost all its guns and suffered 259 casualties of which George was one.

He is buried in Red Cross Corner Cemetery at Beugny.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal