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Albert HAWKER

Regimental number2717
Place of birthHenley in Arden, England
SchoolCounty Council School
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMrs E Hawker, Tiddington, Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, England
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 September 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death26
Place of burialNew Irish Farm Cemetery (Plot XXXV, Row A, Grave No. 12), St. Jean-Les-Ypres, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
164
Medals

Military Medal

'At BEAUMETZ on the morning of 24th March, 1917, during an attack by the enemy on our position, Private HAWKER showed great gallantry in the face of the enemy. He was in charge of a Lewis gun. When his platoon was driven out of their position and had to retire he showed great coolness in covering the retirement with his gun, killing a number of the advancing enemy, and afterwards bringing his gun back to the rallying position. He advanced again in a counter attack and was the first to bring fire to bear on the retreating enemy from the recaptured position. His coolness and initiative steadied the men of the party at a most critical time and in a great measure was responsible for the small number of casualties in the retirement. His conduct throughout was of the highest order and is worthy of distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

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