Samuel Stephen HAWKE


HAWKE, Samuel Stephen

Service Number: 83
Enlisted: 4 January 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Adelaide, South Australia, 21 September 1894
Home Town: Torrensville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Boat Builder
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 August 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Bowden Way Memorial Methodist Church Honour Roll, Hindmarsh Star of Freedom Tent No 4 IOOR WW1 Roll of Honor, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 83, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, SN 83, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
5 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Mrs. C. Hawke of 24, Northcote-street, Torrensville, has been notified by the military authorities that her son, Second-Lieutenant S. S. Hawke, of the 48th Battalion, was killed in action on August 7. He was 22 years of age. He left with the 27th Battalion as company sergeant-major, and was promoted to regimental sergeant-major in October, 1915. He received his promotion to lieutenant shortly before his death. He was highly respected by all who knew him, and was well known as a homing pigeon fancier. He won the first South Australian Derby race." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 02 Sep 1916 (


Biography contributed by Christos Tsemtsidis

Samuel Stephen Hawke was born in Port Adelaide, South Australia on the 21st on September 1894. However, his home town was Torrensville, South Australia. He lived with his mother Mrs S.P Hawke at 74 Clifford Street. He went to Brompton Public School, South Australia. His religion was Methodist.

Samuel was a boat builder before he decided to serve in WWI. He continued to pursue this until he enlisted in 1915 and he was 20 years old at this time. He eventually enlisted on the 31st of May 1915. He was assigned to to serve with the 27th Infantry Battalion on the Western Front at Pozières. He embarked at Glenelg, Adelaide.

After enlisting, he was promoted to Regimental Sergeant – Major on October 1915. He was sent to fight on the Western Front on the 5ht of August 1916. At this time he was serving with the 48th Infantry Battalion.  He was promoted to lieutenant shortly before his death during battle. He was a very well liked person and was in fact the first man to win the South Australian Derby Race. His memorial is in the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux. His known memorial is on plate number 146.