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William Christopher Loftus HAWKINS

Regimental number5087
Place of birthLimerick, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinMrs Deacon, Askine Farney Clonroche, Wexford, Ireland
Previous military service3 months training, RNA
Enlistment date2 November 1914
Place of enlistmentArarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameLight Horse Brigade Train 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/100/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal RollAnzac Mounted Division Signals
FateReturned to Australia 9 July 1919
Discharge date20 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 27 November 1915 (mumps); transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 29 December 1915; discharged to unit, 29 December 1915; moved out to entrain at Helmeih Siding, 26 February 1916. Transferred to Australian Mounted Division, Romani, 28 March 1916; rank reverts to Sapper at own request, 27 June 1917; promoted to rank of Lance Corporal, 1 October 1917moved out to Cadet School, 17 October 1918; moved out to Jaffa Agricultural College, 18 December 1918; to be 2nd Corporal, 21 January 1919; rejoined unit from detachment, 2 February 1919; to be acting Corporal, 12 February 1919; moved out to Moascar, 5 March 1919; rank reverts to 2nd Corporal, 5 March 1919; marched into Details Camp, Moascar, 6 March 1919.

Embarked Port Said on HT ‘Malwa’ and proceeded to the United Kingdom, 27 March 1919; taken on strength of Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, 11 April 1919; granted leave, 12 April 1919; marched into RBAA Camp, Heytesbury, 12 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on HT ‘Prinz Ludwig’, 9 July 1919.

Admitted to hospital at sea, 21 July 1919 (malaria); discharged to duty, 26 July 1919.

Admitted to hospital at sea, 19 August 1919 (malaria; disembarked Melbourne, 5 September 1919; discharged Melbourne, 20 December 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 September 1946
Place of burialLismore Cemetery, Victoria

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