Born: 1870, Earl Stonham, Suffolk.

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

Rank: Fireman

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


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.


In 1890, Tendring, Essex, Samule married Annie Elizabeth Norman, born 1868, Stowmarket, Suffolk. They had 1 son:

Percy Hawkins, born 1893, Boston, Lincolnshire.

Samuel is also remembered on St. Matthews church memorial

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.

S.S. ‘Batoum’ (Swansea).


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