Died: 13th June 1944; age: 34; MPK.
Rank: Lieutenant Commander.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Boadicea’
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William J. & Flora M. Hawkins; husband of Winifred Hawkins, of Freston, Suffolk.
Frederick serving as an officer in the merchant navy on square rigged ships.
Frederick and his son home on leave.
As a captain Frederick was able to take photos in between commands as the convoys came under air attack.
13th June 1944
H.M.S. ‘Boadicea’ was a B class Destroyer. Built by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.). Ordered 4th March 1929, laid down 11th July 1929, launched 23rd September 1930 and commissioned 7th April 1931. In 1944, H.M.S. ‘Boadicea’ was in the English Channel preparing to support the Normandy landings in ‘Operation Neptune.’ On the 6th June H.M.S. ‘Boadicea’ escorted 31 tank landing ships of the 8th Armoured Brigade. Arriving on the 7th in the Western Tank Force area. She was returning on the 13th June to Milford Haven for more escorting duties, when she was attacked by a single German Junker 88 aircraft, 12 nautical miles south-west of Portland Bill, Dorset. She was hit in the forward magazine causing an explosion. H.M.S. ‘Boadicea’ went down in 3 minutes. 170 crew lost their lives 12 were rescued and given vast quantities of rum.
Extra information on H.M.S. ‘Boadicea’ courtesy of John Hawkins son of Lieutenant Commander Frederick William Hawkins, RN.