Waldemar Robert HAWKES

HAWKES, Waldemar Robert

Service Number: 550
Enlisted: 27 October 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 21st Machine Gun Company
Born: Koonoona, South Australia, 18 November 1894
Home Town: Burra (SA), Goyder, South Australia
Schooling: North Adelaide Queens School, South Australia
Occupation: Station overseer
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 29 October 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burra Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin "Hawkes" Memorial Window, Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Farrell Flat Memorial Hall, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), North Adelaide Christ Church Roll of Honour, North Adelaide Christ Church Honour Board, North Adelaide Queens School Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

27 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 550, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 550, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Karroo embarkation_ship_number: A10 public_note: ''
11 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 550, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
29 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 21st Machine Gun Company , 2nd Passchendaele , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 21st Australian Machine Gun Company awm_rank: Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1917-10-29


Bob's memorial at his ancestral home town is incorrect on this site - it consists of a 500 yr old font with the wooden board on a wall nearby (as shown on this site) - both in their family Church St Michael's Bishops Stortford Herts. UK. - dedicated & provided by his forebears in nearby Sawbridgeworth - the seat of
the Hawkes family. Bob visited the home during his periods of post hospital leave.

Please remove from the site St James High Wych and blueboard.

The beautiful windows in St Mary's Church at Burra were designed and made in England and dedicated by his parents in his memory and of the others from the Burra area who lost their lives in WW1.

Many thanks
Jenny Steele Scott - his great niece in Adelaide


Memorial Window

Regarding Waldemar Robert Hawkes (SN 550).
On the west wall, at the rear of nave, in St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Burra, SA, is a memorial window to W. R. Hawkes and others who gave their lives, 1914–1918: 'The people offered themselves willingly. Bless ye the Lord.' Judges v [vv 2 and 9.] For the unveiling and dedication of this and other memorial windows in St. Mary's: see Burra Record, 15 March 1922, p. 4 :
A large memorial window is built in there, perhaps the largest and finest of its kind in the State, having an area of over 150 sq. ft. and of very beautiful workmanship.

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Biography contributed by Cheryl Hutchins

29 Jun 1922 "Despite an exhaustive search by the Graves Services, no trace of your son's remains can be obtained, and failing their recovery and identification it is proposed to suitably commemorate his sacrifice by the inclusion of his full regimental description and date of death on one of the memorials to be erected to the missing."