Topic: James Stephen Hawkins

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A soldier of the Great War killed in action.

Rifleman James Stephen Hawkins - 51838           Hawkins, James Stephen 

James was born at Christchurch on 22nd February 1888, son of Stephen and Lily Hawkins. At the time of enlisting he was working as a Grocer's Assistant  for C. M. Suckling at Tai Tapu. He was 5ft 4in tall with a ruddy complexion, grey eyes and black hair.                                 

He enlisted at Christchurch on 14th March 1917 and was assigned to the New Zealand Rifle Brigade Reinforcements J Company. Whilst at Trentham in May 1917 he had the misfortune to become infested with lice and hospitalised. He embarked on 12th June 1917 and arrived in Devonport, England on16th August 1917. He marched into camp at Tidworth on same day. He left for France from the Rifle Brigade Reserve Depot at Brocton on 23th October 1917 and marched into base depot at Etaples on 26th. October. He joined the 4th Battalion, 3rd Rifle Brigade in the field on 3rd November and was posted to C Company.  A few short months later he was killed in action on 15th February, aged 34. The Brigade had returned to the line on 1st February. He was initially buried near where he fell and a letter in 1920 informed the family that his body was retrieved from “an isolated grave” and buried Oxford Road Cemetery, plot III. L. 3.In New Zealand James is remembered on the Tai Tapu War Memorial.  

 Photo family photo courtesy of Cenotaph and family

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James Stephen Hawkins

First Names:James Stephen
Last Name:Hawkins
Date of Birth:22 February 1888
Place of Birth:Christchurch
Date of Death:15 February 1918
Place of Death:Ypres Salient, Belgium
Memorial or Cemetery:Oxford Road Cemetery
Age at death:34
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Grocer's assistant at Tai Tapu
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Rifle Brigade
Enlistment details:14 March 1917
Parents or Next of Kin:son of Stephen and Lily Hawkins
Service Number:51838
Rank last held:Rifleman
Embarkation:12 June 1917
Place of Embarkation:Wellington, New Zealand
Theatres of War:Western Front
Cause of Death:Killed in action