Hawkes,Reuben Ernest


War Service:
Able Seaman REUBEN ERNEST HAWKES died on 1 November 1914 while serving on HMS Good Hope. On 1 November 1914 the West Indies Squadron under Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock gave battle to a superior German force under Vice Admiral von Spee at Coronel off the coast of Chile. There was a high proportion of Naval reservists among the crews of the squadron. The cruisers HMS Monmouth and HMS Good Hope were lost with all hands.

He was lost at sea and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the memorial at the church of St James, Hatcham.

He was the son of George and Amelia Hawkes, of 57, Woodpecker Road, New Cross.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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