Born: 1870, Earl Stonham, Suffolk.

Died: 18th July 1915; age 45; Died as a result of an enemy submarine.

Residence: 15, Castle Street, Ipswich.


Rank: Fireman

Regiment: Mercantile Marine, S.S. ‘Batoum’ (Swansea).


Medals Awarded: Mercantile Marine Medal & British War.


Laid to rest 29th July 1915.


Grave Reference:


All Saint’s Churchyard,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick & Emma Hawkins, of Great Oakley, Essex; husband of Annie Elizabeth Hawkins (nee Norman), of 15, Castle Street, Ipswich.




1871   Earl Stonham, Suffolk.


Samuel was 2 years old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal uncle.

Frederick Hawkins, 24, an Agricultural Labourer, born Earl Stonham, Suffolk.

Emma (nee Diaper) Hawkins, 27, born Stowupland, Suffolk.

Frederick William Diaper, 6, born Stowupland.

Harriet E. Hawkins, 4, born Earl Stonham.

Henry Charles Hawkins, 3, born Earl Stonham.

Eliza Hawkins, 9 months, born Earl Stonham.

Arthur Hawkins, 22, an Agricultural Labourer, born Earl Stonham.


1881   Great Oakley, Essex.


Samuel was 12 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick, 34, an Agricultural Labourer.

Emma, 37.

Eliza, 10.

George Prentice Hawkins, 9, born Earl Stonham.

Ernest Edward Hawkins, 7, born Earl Stonham.

Hansard Walter Hawkins, 5, born Earl Stonham.

Mercy Sophia Hawkins, 3, born Earl Stonham.

Florence Agnes M. Hawkins, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   15, Parkham Street, Battersea, London.


Samuel was 32 years old, a Bricklayer’s Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Annie, 33.

Percy, 8.


On the 9th October 1890, at All Saint’s Church, Great Oakley, Essex, 21 year old, Samuel married 25, year old, Annie Elizabeth Norman, born 1868, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

They had 1 son:

Percy Hawkins, born 1893, Boston, Lincolnshire.


On the 22nd December 1914, Samuel, of the S.S. ‘Batoum,’ had a money note, value £4, stolen. William Richard Golding, a seaman, also of S.S. ‘Batoum’ was charged in Harwich court, in January 1915, with stealing Samuel’s money note, and a contribution card, value £1, the property of Charles Antliff, secretary of the National Sailors’ and Firemen’s Union.

Samuel had discovered the theft when he sent a note to the shipowners in London, and should have received the note for the £4 after a few days. He never received the note.

The prisoner said he was guilty, and was sorry to say drink was the cause of it.  William Richard Golding was sentenced to hard labour.


Samuel’s medals were issued to Annie Hawkins, of 15, Castle Street, Ipswich, in March 1922.


Samuel is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Matthews Church, Ipswich.


S.S.’BATOUM’ 18th July 1915

The large steamer S.S. Batoum was topedoed at about 8am on 18th July 1915, 2 .5 miles S x E Southwold Lighthouse by UB 17. The S.S. BATOUM was loaded with fuel oil for Associated Oil Carriers. She had a crew of 33, six of whom were killed by the explosion.The ship was eventually refloated and towed into Sheerness, accompanied by a naval escort.


Merchant Navy / Mercantile Marine. Both services suffered heavy losses from German u-boat attacks, enemy ships and under water mines. U-boats sank 7,759,090 tons, with the loss of 14,660+ merchant seafarers 2,479 British merchant vessels and 675 British fishing vessels were lost. The sea trade was important to the war effort supplying food and materials as well as arms around the globe. The Mercantile Marine War Medal was instituted by the Board of Trade and approved by the King George V.


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