Topic: Albert Thomas Hawkins

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A soldier of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902)

He also served in the ninth contingent No: 7786 in the South Island Regiment - D Squadron
Rank: Sergeant, Contingent: Ninth, Ship: Kent 12 March 1902, Occupation: miner, Address: Waddington, Canterbury, Next of Kin: Hawkins mr Thomas, Next of Kin Address: same, Relationship to Soldier: father

SERGEANT HAWKINS'S DIARY
[The South African (Boer) War Diary of Albert Hawkins of Springfield, March-July 1902. The spelling and grammar are as in the original]
Sat. March 29 R.S.M. Sutherland reverted to the ranks this morning. Walsh courtmartialled this afternoon, sentence not known. Firing exercises this afternoon, some good shooting done.
Sun. 30
Alarm sounded to stand by the rafts at 12.45 all hands turned out smartly. D Squadron mess room placed first again today for tidiness. Not very well tonight touch of fever.
Mon. 31
In hospital today a touch of Malarial fever temperature 104.1 A rather queer hospital as the patients are fed like fighting cocks. Young Hann in here through getting a knock with something a bit harder than his head. Tues. April 1
Still in hospital, A bit better today temperature 99.6 Some great fun aboard this morning, one man sent a Corporal to the adjutant with a note saying please send the fool further on. Manual & firing exercises every morning and afternoon from this date.
Wed. 2
Not out of hospital yet, expect to get out tomorrow. Met a man in here who used to work for Beecham [?] Kowai Bush. Have to get my leg lanced tomorrow owing to a kick I got on Sunday. G. Easton not very well.
Thurs. 3
Birthday Q.S.M. Booth. A Squadron. Got my leg lanced this morning, doctor would not let me out at first but when the sick parade had been examined I had to go to make room for others. My horse a bit cronk tonight. I hope he does not pass out.
Fri. 4
Reveille 5.45 this morning Coffee & Biscuits (before stables) for the men on account of the bad smell among the horses between decks. My horse a little better tonight. Easton & Hughes admitted to hospital. Had a good sleep this afternoon and feel all the better for it.SERGEANT HAWKINS'S DIARY
[The South African (Boer) War Diary of Albert Hawkins of Springfield, March-July 1902. The spelling and grammar are as in the original]
Sat. March 29 R.S.M. Sutherland reverted to the ranks this morning. Walsh courtmartialled this afternoon, sentence not known. Firing exercises this afternoon, some good shooting done.
Sun. 30
Alarm sounded to stand by the rafts at 12.45 all hands turned out smartly. D Squadron mess room placed first again today for tidiness. Not very well tonight touch of fever.
Mon. 31
In hospital today a touch of Malarial fever temperature 104.1 A rather queer hospital as the patients are fed like fighting cocks. Young Hann in here through getting a knock with something a bit harder than his head. Tues. April 1
Still in hospital, A bit better today temperature 99.6 Some great fun aboard this morning, one man sent a Corporal to the adjutant with a note saying please send the fool further on. Manual & firing exercises every morning and afternoon from this date.
Wed. 2
Not out of hospital yet, expect to get out tomorrow. Met a man in here who used to work for Beecham [?] Kowai Bush. Have to get my leg lanced tomorrow owing to a kick I got on Sunday. G. Easton not very well.
Thurs. 3
Birthday Q.S.M. Booth. A Squadron. Got my leg lanced this morning, doctor would not let me out at first but when the sick parade had been examined I had to go to make room for others. My horse a bit cronk tonight. I hope he does not pass out.
Fri. 4
Reveille 5.45 this morning Coffee & Biscuits (before stables) for the men on account of the bad smell among the horses between decks. My horse a little better tonight. Easton & Hughes admitted to hospital. Had a good sleep this afternoon and feel all the better for it.

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Albert Thomas Hawkins


First Names:Albert Thomas
Last Name:Hawkins
Date of Birth:1877
Place of Birth:New Zealand
Date of Death:1947
Place of Death:New Zealand
Age at death:70
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Collier or miner
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Thomas and Eliza Anne Hawkins, Waddington
Service Number:2604 and 7786
Embarkation:31 March 1900
Transport:Maori