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Owen Centenous HAWKES

Regimental number3716
Place of birthSt Peters, South Australia
SchoolEast Adelaide State and later Prince Alfred College, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationBarman
AddressRenmark, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Hawkes, 56 Third Avenue, St Peters, South Australia
Enlistment date25 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas acting Corporal when killed. A Sydney cousin a little later foundthat his comrades regarded him as a quiet but good and courageous soldier. He evidently filled out to the full his last words to his father "I am the only unmaned one in the family, and I feel its my duty to go. If I go under - well - I've done my duty"
FateDied of wounds 27 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death28
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XXV, Row D, Grave No. 14A), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
178
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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