image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1895, Ipswich.

Died: 10th November 1916; age 21; Died from a Gun Shot Wound to the head – 36th Casualty Clearing Station.

Residence: 12, Newry Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.

Enlistment Location: Ouyen, Victoria, Australia; Date: 9th February 1915; Age: 19 years & 1 month; Occupation: Turner & Fitter; Religion: Congregational. Signed up for the Duration of the War & 4 months thereafter. Next of Kin: brother – William Hawkins, of 499, Warncliffe Gardens, St. John’s Wood, London, N.W.

Offences: 22nd August 1916 – Armadale – Absent from Parade – fined 10/-

8th September 1916 – Armadale – Disobedience of orders & obsence language to C.O. – 10 days detention.

20th November 1915 – Anzac – Charged 2/6d cost of replacing gas helmet.


Embarked Melbourne 8th May 1915 – H.M.A.T.’Euripidas’ – Egypt. 19th November 1915 – admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, Anzac – sick – rejoined unit 25th November from hospital. Reported missing 29th November 1915, Anzac – Admitted Hospital Ship ‘Dongola’ – abrasions to head & face – 30th November 1915. Admitted 5th December 1915 to Bombay Presidency General Hospital, Alexandria – wounded head. Admitted 19th January 1916 – Heliopolis – Enteric Fever. 31st January 1916 disability due to Enteric Fever – invalided to Australia – sailed from Suez – H.M.A.T.’Nestor’ 9th February 1915 disembarked Melbourne – for three months change.

Returned to duty 3rd M.D.

Re-embarked 19th July 1916 – Melbourne with 13th Rifles, 23rd Battalion – H.M.A.T. A26 ‘Armadale’ March in to 6th Tring Battalion – Rollastone from Australia – 28th October 1916 – marched out to join unit Etaples. Re-attested owing to loss of original papers – 8th May 1916.

Wounded in Action – 9th November 1916 – Gun Shot Wound to the head.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 358

Regiment: Australian Imperial Force, Australian Infantry, 23rd Battalion, ‘B’ Coy.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War & the 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Heilly Station Cemetery,







1901   Court next to 121, Fore Street, Ipswich.


Thomas was 5 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Mary Ann Hawkins (nee Stollery), 47, a Charwomen, born Ipswich.

Florence Agnes M. Hawkins, 20, a Laundry Maid – own account, born Ipswich.

Walter Barnes Hawkins, 17, a Shoe/Boot Maker, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Mary B. Hawkins, 14, born Ipswich.

Arthur Barnes Hawkins, 10, born Ipswich.


1911   137, Bishops Hill, Ipswich.


Thomas was 15 years old, a Tool Fitter. He was living with his siblings & nephew.

Florence, 30, at a Laundry.

Elizabeth, 23, at a Laundry.

Arthur, 21, a Shop Assistant.

Edward Ashford Hawkins, 3, born Ipswich.


Thomas was a prominent member of the 5th Ipswich Company of the Boys’ Brigade.


Joined the Essex and Suffolk R.G.A. in 1913.




On the 19th March 1914, 18 year old, Thomas Hawkins departed from the Port of London, travelling via The Cape, on the S.S. ‘Beltana’ of the P & O Branch, to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He wanted to be a Farmer.

Thomas arrived at the Port of Melbourne on the 4th May 1914 – Master: W. G. Lingham.


Thomas’s mother Mary Ann Hawkins died, 1909, Ipswich.


William Hawkins received his late brother’s personal effects:

Disc, scissors, 3 coins, badges, matchbox holder, bank book no. 73955, notebook, pocket wallet, necklace (damaged), letters, photos & cards.


William received Thomas’s 1915 Star, Victory & British War medals + ‘Where the Australian’s Rest’ pamphlet. The Memorial Scroll was sent to William on the 11th May 1922 & the Memorial Plaque on the 8th May 1922.


Thomas Hawkins, of the Australian Infantry has been killed in France. He was wounded and succumbed to his injuries at the Clearing Station. As a young lad he may be remembered as earning the Royal Humane Society’s certificate for saving a lad from Ipswich Dock. He was a prominent member of the 5th Ipswich Company of the Boys’ Brigade, and subsequently joined the Essex and Suffolk R.G.A. in 1913. Early in 1914 he emigrated to Australia, joining the Overseas Contingent upon the outbreak of war.

He saw active service in Gallipoli, and was wounded, being sent to Egypt until convalescent, when after recovering from an attack of fever he returned to Australia. With a further contigent he returned to England early in October this year, and after a few weeks in England returned to action in France.


Thomas is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Congregational Church, Holy Trinity church Ipswich and is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.

Force, Australian Infantry, 23rd Battalion, ‘B’ Coy:


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