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Watkin Walter HAWKE

Regimental number2260
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStorekeeper
Address2 Sydney Road, Manly, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, R Hawke, 2 Sydney Road, Manly, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 1 November 1917
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot LVII, Row B, Grave No. 18), Passchendaele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
40
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Russell and Mary HAWKE, 8 Berkley Road, Manly, New South Wales
Medals

Military Medal

'For his courage and skill in handling his Lewis Machine Gun on the morning of 2nd March, 1917 north-east of LE BARQUE, when our advanced posts were attacked by strong hostile parties. Cpl. HAWKE handled his Lewis Gun with great dash and boldness, and it was largely due to his enterprise that the enemy was dispersed, and numbers of them killed. This N.C.O. has consistently displayed great courage in the use of his Lewis gun, and has at all times set a fine example to the men under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

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