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  • Photograph was published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 2nd June 1915 and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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Sneinton Nottingham
He was the son of John and Rebecca Hawkins, who, according to the census had in 1911 been married for seventeen years and by that time had had 16 children of whom only five were still living. John was born in Stafford, and Rebecca in Ripley, Derbyshire. Their son, John Henry, was born in Sneinton, Nottingham (abt 1895), but by 1901 his parents had moved to Wright Street, Derby, which appears to have been a common lodging house. There were five children recorded in the family; George T Yates (11, b. Sheepbridge), Florrie/Florence (7, b. Nottingham), John Henry (6), Mary E (3, b. Derby) and Caroline (6m. b. Derby). In 1911 they were living at 4 Wright Street, Derby, another common lodging house run by a 'deputy' Eliza Frances and by an 'assistant deputy' Laura Goodchild, who was the deputy's cousin. John Hawkins was working as a farm labourer. There were four children with them; John Henry, Florence (16, weaver), Emily (13, b. Derby) and Albert (12, b. Derby). The obituary notice in 1915 gives John Henry's home as Thorneywood, Nottingham. His mother, Rebecca, was named as his legatee.
In 1911 he was a silk mill winder.
10 Mar 1915
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585955 - CWGC Website
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His residence was given as Derby when he enlisted.
Private
2nd Bn Leicestershire Regiment
He enlisted at Leicester and arrived in France 12/12/1914. He was wounded and died in No.19 Field Hospital and is buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Ouchez (grave ref. XVll.C.31). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged), 2 June 1915: ‘Private JH Hawkins, Leicester Regiment, of Thorneywood Rise, Nottingham, and in Derby for some years, killed in action March 10th aged 19.’ There is a discrepancy in his father's age on the two census records: in 1901 his age is given as 32 (Rebecca is 31), and in 1911 as 51 (Rebecca 41). Research Rachel Farrand
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  • Photograph was published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 2nd June 1915 and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
    John Henry Hawkins - Photograph was published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 2nd June 1915 and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.