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William Beattie Hawkins
Male 1888 - 1918


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  • Birth  12 May 1888  Hawick, Roxburghshire Co., Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Military  WW1  [1
    • Hawkins, William Private. He enlisted at Hespeler, December 8, 1915 with the 111th Battalion. He was born in Scotland and his next of kin is Mrs. Annie Hawkins, Hespeler, Ontario.

      Hawkins, William: Grace Schmidt Room Digital Collection. (2016). Vitacollections.ca. Retrieved 23 May 2016, from http://vitacollections.ca/kpl-gsr/2837195/data?n=1
    Hawkins, William Private.
    Hawkins, William Private.
    He enlisted at Hespeler, December 8, 1915 with the 111th Battalion. He was born in Scotland and his next of kin is Mrs. Annie Hawkins, Hespeler, Ontario.

    Hawkins, William: Grace Schmidt Room Digital Collection. (2016). Vitacollections.ca. Retrieved 23 May 2016, from http://vitacollections.ca/kpl-gsr/2837195/data?n=1
    Military  WW1 
    Immigration  1912  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hawkins,WilliamBeattie-BorderCrossingCard.jpg
    Hawkins,WilliamBeattie-BorderCrossingCard.jpg
    Occupation  1915  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    laborer 
    Misfortune  1918 
    killed in WW1 
    • Tattooed labourer William Hawkins left his wife Annie in Hespeler (now Cambridge) to enlist in 1915. Shot in the shoulder, the Scottish-born soldier recovered.

      Crossing 'no man's land' at Amiens, Hawkins and his comrades threw themselves into shell holes to dodge hidden German machine guns firing at them from nearby woods.

      A grenade fired from an enemy rifle exploded in the hole. Badly wounded, Hawkins lived long enough for his comrades to dress his wounds. Under heavy fire, they could not carry him from the battlefield. He perished in the shell hole, dead at 30.

      Outhit, J. (2018). At last, the end of the war was in sight. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8805694-at-last-the-end-of-the-war-was-in-sight/
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-179573 
    Died  8 Aug 1918  , France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, , Picardie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I179573  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

    Family  Ann,   b. 24 Sep 1888, Harwich, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1971, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F258698  Group Sheet

  • Notes 

  • Sources 
    1. [S157] Military - Canada - World War I - Attestation papers.
      William Hawkins Birth Date: 12 May 1888 Birth Location: Hawich, Scotland Residence: Hespeler Relative: Annie Hawkins Relationship: Wife Regiment Number: 730173

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 12 May 1888 - Hawick, Roxburghshire Co., Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1912 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - laborer - 1915 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Aug 1918 - , France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, , Picardie, France Link to Google Earth
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