Hawkins, Frederick Albert


War Service:
Private Frederick Albert Hawkins, 11th Battalion, Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry), was killed in action on the 23rd October 1918, aged 18.

Frederick Hawkins was on his way to the front, and had not been in the trenches when he was killed. His chaplain wrote: "It occurred on Tuesday night, October 22. We had just been moving up, and a number of the troops had been billeted in the barn of a farm. There were 19 of them. A shell came and killed 9, wounded nine, and only one escaped".

He is buried and remembered in Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension, Belgium.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorials at St Andrew's Church, Catford

He was the son of James and Mary Ann Hawkins of 92 Sandhurst Road, Catford. He was educated at the Sandhurst Road School, and prior to joining the army, he was employed in the printing works of the Catford Journal and Bellingham Weekly News. His brother George Alexander died in the Arras Sector in 1917.


Contributed By: Kevin Loughnane

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