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Richard Hawkins


BiRD

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Hello, I'm quite new here and I just want to learn stuff about WW1 and all the veterans that lived for over 100 years to tell the story. If I don't anything wrong please tell me...

 

 

So, I'm here because I watched a WW1 documentary dating back to 1998. 

 

There was one person there which I wanted to know about more, his name was Richard Hawkins.

 

 

I only got small pieces of information about him but very little, I didn't get his date of birth/date of death, when he joined the army, what rank he was and so on.

 

 

So, I just want to hear you guys and hear your knowledge about this lovely chap.

 

 

 

Thanks, it will definitely help.

 

🙏🙏🙏

 

 

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The extra information will come in due course - someone here will almost certainly be able to build on it.

 

The picture seems to me to be of a Royal Fusilier officer.

 

Craig

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I’m sure he figured in one of Richard van Endems books

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Michelle 

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Just got home and checked, he figures quite a bit in Britain's Last Tommies book by Richard. 

Michelle 

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Woah okay. Yeah, that's actually coming together now. We even have his full name.

 

 

Here's what I got so far for my work

 

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Name: Richard Maurice Hawkins

 

Born: 1895

 

Died: ?

 

Enlisted: 16 September 1914

 

Last Commissioned:

26 September 1914

 

Rank: Royal Fusiliers

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Were almost done. I got all of that to put into my document I made about him.

 

The only thing I'm missing now is when he died, I couldn't find that at all.

 

I assume he died in the very early 2000's

 

Like 2000, or 2001. I don't know. Someone will let me know.

 

 

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Okay, I'm pretty sure I found it.

 

This says Richard Maurice Hawkins was born on 8 March 1895.

 

He died on 26 November 1994, aged 99.

 

 

Let me know if it's right or not.

 

 

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=7q2gCgAAQBAJ&pg=PT33&lpg=PT33&dq=Richard Maurice+Hawkins+1895&source=bl&ots=16qKgJQ2we&sig=ACfU3U2GoWOvKg-ErkxBD5390B_CskxOJQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjO18CXmo7oAhXRxzgGHeiADlwQ6AEwAHoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=Richard Maurice Hawkins 1895&f=false

 

 

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13 minutes ago, BiRD said:

Enlisted: 16 September 1914

 

Last Commissioned:

26 September 1914

 

Rank: Royal Fusiliers

Enlisted: = 16 September 1914 - wow, not sure he had any previous service and 10 days does seem extremely quick to get through officer training! ... so ???, perhaps needs must ???  [His service record at the TNA may assist - as Craig also indicated above in post #6]

 

Commissioned: 26 September 1914 (as a 2nd Lieutenant)

 

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant / Lieutenant / Captain - appears to have later risen to acting Captain with the Training Reserve - eventually reverting to Lieutenant 9 Jan 1918 (with seniority of his Lieutenancy from 1 July 1915) https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30637/page/4705 [Based on Name and regiment - note it seems he has a Military Cross, which seems corroborated by the later LG entry below with his full name]

 

Served with: Royal Fusiliers, King's Royal Rifle Corps and Training Reserve

 

Campaign medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D1794217 [MIC also available via Ancestry]

 

Theatre(s) of war: Not specified or dated on his MIC [but must have first been between 23 November 1914 and 31 December 1915]

 

Awards:  Military Cross - 1 January 1917 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinburgh/issue/13033/page/35 - as a Lieutenant with R. Fus. 

 

Address: 29.9.1921 [when he returned his form EF9 to request his medals - see rear of his MIC] - 105 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex

 

Died:  Q4/1994 - death registered in Amber Valley [which seems to be in Derbyshire]

 

Does this match/help???

:-) M

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Richard Hawkins was featured in a series called 'Lost Heroes of WW1' shown on Channel 5 a good few years ago.

He was captioned as being 11th Royal Fusiliers.

 

BillyH.

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