Date of Birth: 1890.
Place of Birth: Street.Somerset.
Date of Marraige: 1912.
Place of Marraige: Southampton
Service Number: 152575
Regiment: Royal Garrison / Army
Company: 87th Company.
Death Location: Hong Kong.
Life Before the War.
Harry was the son of William Britton Hawkins and Emily Hawkins (nee Dyer). His mother Emily was born in 1856 in Chippenham Wiltshire. His father was born in 1857 in Street. Wiltshire they were married in April 1879 in Wells Somerset.
His mother Emily’s parents were Frank Dyer b1829 and Eliza Dyer b1832. who were both from Somerset. Her father was a boot maker and her mother a boot binder. Emily had 6 sisters. By 1911 her father was living in Southampton with her sister Frances and husband who was a baker at 64 St.Mary Street.Southampton.
In the census of 1881 William and Emily were living at 25 High Street. Somerset, Emily sister Eliza b(1860) was also registered at the address. William was working as a clicker and Emily and her sister were working as boot shoe machinist.
In the census of 1891 Harry was living at 23 High Street.Street Village.Somerset with his mother and his father. William was a clicker in the shoe trade.
In 1901 census Harry was living at 80 New Road.St.Mary’s Southampton. His mother Mary was working as a boot machinist she was now a widow as his father died in 1893 in Clutton Somerset.
1911 census Emily was living with Harry who was a collector gramophone company and was single, living at 69 Orchard Lane Southampton in 5 rooms, also living at the address was Harold Peppercorn who worked as a gramophone mechanic registered as a visitor and Frank Cox who was a boarder and a baker journeyman.
Harry married Elleene Cattrall in January 1912 in Southampton. They had 2 daughters Vera Phyllis (b1912 – d2002) and Gladys Ellene (b1914 – d1951)
Ellene was born in Southampton in 1893 her parents were John and Jane, her father was a boiler makers rivetter and was born in Liverpool, her mother was born in Southampton.
In 1901 they were registered at 12 Union Road.St.Mary’s Southampton. Ellene had 3 sisters and 3 brothers.
On Harry’s death Ellene was living at 19 High Road.Swaythling. Southampton.
In September 1930 Ellene remarried Mr George J Hobbs in Southampton, they had a daughter Jean who was born in 1931. Jean has been involved with bringing this story of Harry alive.
Ellene died 9th May 1966, on her death she was still living at 19 High Road, Swaythling. Southampton.
Probate was on 20th September 1966 in Winchester to Ernest Anthony Oram legal executive and Vera Phyllis Pascoe “a married woman” to the sum of £5,678. Vera Phyllis was her daughter.
George died in 1963 in Southampton.
Harry joined the Royal Garrison Army and served as a gunner , he was sent overseas to France on 6th May 1916 and served in France and Flanders.
He also saw service in a Garrison stationed in Tsingtao. Following the Siege of Tsingtao which began in 1914 the allies took possesion of the colony on 16th November 1914, there were German, British and Japanese troops involved in patrolling the area. Due to technical questions, troops were not repatriated after the war until after 1920.
He is remembered in grave 3.8318 in Happy Valley Cemetary. HongKong.
Armistice was on 11th November 1918, Harry was killed on 27th November 1918.
In November 1914, the German leased territory of Tsingtao in north-east China was captured by the Japanese, supported by a small contingent of Commonwealth forces on land and sea. Military hospitals in Kowloon and Hong Kong received the sick and wounded from this fighting and later, from German prison camps.
Throughout the First World War, Hong Kong was garrisoned by local defence and Commonwealth forces.
Researched by Brenda White May 2014 with appreciation given to Jean Featherstone who, on behalf of Harry’s family as shown her interest in verifying his story.Her mother was married to Harry.