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- Andrew Arnold Hawkins -

Unknown person
Name : Andrew Arnold Hawkins.

Son of James Hawkins and Mary Hawkins (née Attrill), of Porchfield, Isle of Wight.

Born : 4 Jan 1865, Newtown, Isle of Wight.

Baptised : 18 June 1865, Porchfield, Isle of Wight.

Married : 29 April 1891, Emma Jane Hiller, at St Michael and All Angels' Church, Shalfleet, Isle of Wight.

Children : Amy Annie (1892), Ernest James Hillier (1892), Harold John Andrew (1905), Ida Ellen Mary (1906).

Died 1944(?). (A death is registered at Chanctonbury, Sussex of Andrew A Hawkins, aged 81 - this would agree with his giving his age as 2 years older on his Army records).
  Census Information :

1871 : James and Mary Hawkins, with their children including Andrew aged 6, are at Lambsleaze Farm, Calbourne. James Hawkins is a Farmer of 100 acres.

1881 : James and Mary Hawkins, with their children including Andrew aged 16, are at Lambsleaze Farm, Calbourne. James Hawkins is a Farmer of 243 acres; Andrew is working on the farm.

1891 : Andrew Hawkins, Sergt, R.A. is recorded as a Visitor at the farm owned by his future parents-in-law at Colemans Farm, Porchfield, where his future wife is also living. (The Census was taken on the night of 5 April; they married on the 29 April).

1901 : Andrew and Emma Hawkins, with their 2 children, are at the Barracks in Sandown. Andrew Hawkins is a C.S.M., Royal Artillery.

1911 : Andrew and Emma Hawkins, with 3 of their children, are at Head Down, Niton. Andrew Hawkins is a Farmer.
  Service details :

B.S.M. 34484 Andrew Arnold Hawkins, Royal Field Artillery.

Andrew Hawkins initially attested for Army service at Fort Rowner, Gosport, on 8 August 1882, giving his age as 19 years and 4 months. (He was actually 17 years and 7 months). He was 5 ft 8¾ in tall, with a florid complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.
He extended his service several times, being discharged as a C.S.M., with a record of exemplary conduct on 28 Feb 1907. His address at that time was given as Head Down, Niton.
He then became a part time soldier with the 7th Res. Bde (T.F.) R.A., on 30 April 1908.
During the Great War he was allocated regimental numbers as B.S.M. 500 and WO II 855024, and entered overseas service on 10 Sep 1915. On discharge on 23 August 1917, he was awarded also the Silver War Badge to denote a serviceman who had been invalided out of the Army.
(Service records available on Ancestry)
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Niton Parish Hall Roll of Honour
  Documents :


Saturday, August 25, 1917 Page 8

Battery-Sergt.-Major Andrew Arnold Hawkins, R.F.A., whose home is now at Niton, has this week been discharged from the Army as physically unfit owing to ague and fever after campaigning in Mesopotamia with the Island Howitzers, with whom he went to the Persian Gulf in 1915. He had the distinction of being mentioned in despatches for his services in Mesopotamia generally. He has put in 35 years' service in the Artillery. He was the second instructor appointed to the Howitzers at Ventnor. He won the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the South African War, has served in Burma and has the Queen's and long service medals. He will be remembered as for some years the recruiting sergeant of the old Artillery Militia at Newport.

  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research.
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