Gordon Gray Carruthers HAWKINS


HAWKINS, Gordon Gray Carruthers

Service Number: 496
Enlisted: 18 August 1914, Essendon, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Portland near Hamilton, Victoria, 1887
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: State School, Victoria
Occupation: Electrical Engineer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 25 April 1915
Cemetery: No.2 Outpost Cemetery
Special Memorial 23, No 2 Outpost Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Portland WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 496, 7th Infantry Battalion, Essendon, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 496, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
19 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 496, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 496, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Gordon Gray Caruthers was born in 1887 in Portland near Hamilton, Victoria

His parents were Samuel Proudfoot HAWKINS and Isabella GRAY

He had previous service of 1 year & 9 months in the Naval Reserve before he enlisted for WW1 on 18th August, 1914 & embarked from Melbourne with the 7th Infantry Battalion on the ship Hororata on 19th October, 1914

Gordon was with those who landed early in the morning of 25th April, 1915 and was shot dead in the boat - he is buried in No. 2 Outpost Cemetery


He saw service in Egypt and Gallipoli and his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial - he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal.


His brother Victor James HAWKINS also served in WW1 (SN8756) , 2nd Field Ambulance and returned to Australia in 1916.