19th Infantry Battalion Trio
1914-15 Star (406544 PTE. W. HAWKINS. 19/CAN:INF:); and British War and Victory Medals (406544 PTE. H. HAWKINS. 19-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed on all three. Near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Will. Footnote: William Thomas Charlton Hawkins was born on June 18, 1895 in Berkshire, England. He signed his Attestation Paper on April 14, 1915 in Hamilton, Ontario, with the 36th Infantry Battalion, stating that he was not married, that he had had previous military service with the 44th Welland Regiment and that his trade was that of Plumber. The Battalion sailed June 19, 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel E.C. Ashton with a strength of 39 officers and 1,004 other ranks, including Hawkins, arriving in England on June 28. He was transferred to the 19th Battalion in early December 1915. On July 30, 1916, he was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the knee, along with being treated for gonorrhea and was discharged October 2. He returned to the 36th Battalion on March 11, 1917, later being absorbed into the 3rd Reserve Battalion on April 24, 1917. He was transferred to the 19th Battalion on November 24, 1917. Hawkins found himself in the field with the 19th on March 2, 1918 and after a couple of stops at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camps in July and August, again saw himself with the 19th Battalion in the field on August 12. Hawkins was Killed in Action on August 27, 1918 at the age of 23 and is buried in the Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. In his will, he left all his property to his mother, Mrs. F. Ball of Poprt Colbourne, Ontario.