Name: James Hawkins

 

Birth Date: 1892 Where: Dunolly, Victoria
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill, Western Australia Age: 23
Serial Number: 1945 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death:Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

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 Service Details:

 

 

26 June, 1915

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

17 October

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

26 August

1916                      To Hospital

3 March

1917                      Returned to Unit

28 April

1917                      To Hospital

16 June

1917                      Rejoined Unit

16 August

1917                      To Hospital

14 September

1917                      Rjoined Unit

18 September

1917                      Ypres

October

1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

26 October

1917                      Battle of Passchendale (Ypres)

1 December

1917                      To Hospital

16 February

1918                      Rejoined Battalion

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre

May

1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

8 April

1919                      Returned to Australia

6 July

1919                      Discharged

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

James Hawkins was part of the 3rd Reinforcement of the 28th Battalion. He was born in Dunolly Victoria in 1892 to George and Agnes Hawkins. He had a younger brother, George.
At some stage the family moved to Fremantle Western Australia where in June 1915 James enlisted.  Until then he had been employed as a labourer.
James’s military experiences included service in Gallipoli and most of the major battles in France and Belgium. While serving he was hospitalised on four occasions and charged with being Absent Without Leave on another four occasions, one of which resulted in a General Field Court Martial (GFCM). 
James took part in the June Trench Raid as a member of Sgt Brown’s Right Blocking Party. At the end of special leave in London, given for being part of the Trench Raid, James was AWL for two days. At the GFCM Captain Foss was called to confirm that he had explained to the raiding party that they had only 7 days leave, Boulogne to Boulogne.  The Court also noted that in the 12 months since his enlistment James had been disciplined for being AWL on three occasions and Insubordinate once.
James was found guilty at the GFCM and given 42 days Field Punishment No. 2. Soon afterwards he was hospitalised for 47 days with Syphilis, probably also a legacy of his special leave.
James was a competent soldier. He was promoted twice but reverted back to Private each time – on the second occasion for being AWL.
In November 1918 James was given leave in Paris.  He rejoined his Battalion just two days before Armistice was declared. Unusually, it appears that, apart from his London leave in 1916, James remained in Europe until he returned to Australia.
James returned to Australia in April 1919. In 1923 he married Catherina McLoughlin. It is not known if they had children children. James died in 1966.

In 1967 James’s wife applied for the ANZAC Commemorative Medallion awarded to surviving