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Who was Major Hawkins, RAOC?


johntaylor

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Hi, I'm hoping someone can help to identify the gentleman shown, who is identified only as "Major Hawkins RAOC".  He appears in a photograph showing officers from the Tank Driving and Maintenance School at Bovington in 1922 - despite the date I hope this won't be ruled off-topic, as he has a fine crop of medals indicating he served in the Great War.

 

Postings to the School appear in the London Gazette, but despite this I have been unable to find him.  Unfortunately I don't have a better quality scan and it's hard to make out the medal ribbons.  Despite this I hope there is enough information to allow someone smarter than me to identify him.

 

Many thanks, John

 

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How about Major James William Hawkins RAOC

 

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ARMY ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT.
Assistant Commissary of Ordnance and
Honorary Lieutenant James W. Hawkins is
placed on retired pay. Dated 6th December,
1912.

 

LG 13 Dec 1912

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Died 1935 aged 73 "of Houslow" . Left £11,000

 

This in the Times

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And the Times report, which does give him as a Retired Major in RAOC, leads to probate

 

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I think you should have enough now to finish the job :-)

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His wife was Mary Collins, and they married in Scotland in 1895. The son was born in Gibraltar circa 1897

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Hi Corisande, many thanks for this - I think you've cracked it!  I'm going to Kew in the next few days and will pull his service file to see if it refers to his service with the Tank Driving and Maintenance School.  I've found a lot of the names in the London Gazette but haven't turned him up so far - however I'll have another look using the information you've supplied.

 

Great work - many thanks for your help!

 

All the best, John 

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