Charles Henry Wigmore (Charlie) HAWKES


HAWKES, Charles Henry Wigmore

Service Number: 2122
Enlisted: 19 February 1916, 1st Reinforcements
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia, February 1895
Home Town: Warrandyte, Manningham, Victoria
Schooling: No. 1 State School, Warrandyte, Victoria
Occupation: Horse Driver
Died: Died of wounds, Poperinge Belgium, 26 October 1917
Cemetery: Nine Elms British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2122, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, 1st Reinforcements
6 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2122, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '5' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Wandilla embarkation_ship_number: A62 public_note: ''
26 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2122, 6th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Passchendaele , 6th Battalion died of Gunshot Wound to Head. Battalion objectives Ypres-Roules railway at Decline Copse.
26 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2122, 6th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Hannelly (

This story was submitted by fellow student of university of Tasmania for her Families at War assignment. Eileen Slabon had no WW1 relative so selected one from her local historical society memorial at Warrandyte Victoria.

I happened to see a post on the university groups’ facebook page and recognised the name and contacted Eileen offering to put her in touch with a cousin who happened to have photos and letters from her “adopted” soldier.

She met with my cousin Jim Cranfield and he has given her permission to use the letters etc and Eileen in turn has given me and the local historical society permission to share Charles story as she submitted it. I sincerely thank Eileen for her compassionate professional treatment of Charlies story and letting it be told here for future ‘Hawkes’ relatives.