Private Cecil Hector Lionel Hawkins

Service number 2607
Final Rank Private
Unit 13th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Cecil Hector Lionel Hawkins was born in Bristol, England, around 1896. He was the son of James and Ada Hawkins. The 20-year-old clerk enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 13 June 1915 and embarked from Sydney with the 8th reinforcements to the 13th Battalion aboard HMAT Runic that August. He joined his battalion on Gallipoli on 23 October 1915 and served there until December, when he was evacuated with illnessto Cairo. Hawkins rejoined his unit in April 1916 and arrived with it in France in June 1916. He also played the oboe with the 13th Battalion Band. Hawkins visted Rouen while on leave during 1917, and in 1919 visited Brussells. Hawkins was assigned to Quota 40 to return to Australia along with other members of the AIF who had enlisted during 1916, but instead was demobilised in England on 20 May 1919.



Date of enlistment 13 June 1915
Date of embarkation 09 August 1915
Date of discharge 20 May 1919