Owen Centennius HAWKES


HAWKES, Owen Centennius

Service Number: 3716
Enlisted: 25 August 1915
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 13th Machine Gun Company
Born: Maylands, South Australia, Australia, 26 January 1888
Home Town: Renmark, Renmark Paringa, South Australia
Schooling: East Adelaide State and later Prince Alfred College, South Australia
Occupation: Barman
Died: Gunshot Wound to Abdomen, 3rd Canadian Clearing Station Hospital, Belgium, 27 September 1917, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Poperinghe New Military Cemetery
GRAVE XXV.D. 14A, Lijssenthoek cemetery. correction to middle name provided to AWM by father. Died a Temporary Corporal.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Men from Renmark and District Roll of Honor Boards (4), St Peters Heroes War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3716, 12th Infantry Battalion
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3716, 12th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: RMS Malwa embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
23 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, Machine Gun Companies and Battalions, Tel-el-Kebir
12 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3716, 13th Machine Gun Company, Embarked at Alexandria, Disembarked “Ivernia” at Marseilles 12/6/1916 to join BEF
25 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 13th Machine Gun Company, Trainee Corporal promotion
27 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3716, 13th Machine Gun Company, 1st Passchendaele, Wounded in action and taken to 3 Australian Field Ambulance. Gunshot Wound to Abdomen. Belgium.
28 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3716, 13th Machine Gun Company, 1st Passchendaele, Transferred to 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, died from wounds, Buried 29/9/1917 in Poperinge, West Flanders Belgium Grave 14A plot XXV.D. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Mother, Mrs R Hawkes, 56 Third Avenue, St Peters, South Australia

Biography contributed by Elizabeth Hannelly

The Chronicle (Adelaide, SA) p38 Sat 20/10/1917

... reported on the death of Owen Centennius Hawkes saying.... he was born in St Peters ...and educated at East Adelaide State School and Prince Alfred College and became an expert orchardist in partnership laid out a large garden in Inglewood. 

With ill health he moved to Renmark from where he enlisted in 12th battalion AIF ... until he transferred in Egypt to a machine gun company (13th) fighting for nearly 2 years along the Belgium and French fronts continually mentioning meeting old acquaintances in his letters home...