In memory of


Walter James Hawkes MC MM

who died on 5 Sep 1918

Service details
  Conflict WWI
  Service Army
  Unit 43rd Battalion, Manitoba Regiment
  Rank Lieutenant
  Service number 859440
  Date of death 19180905
  Cause of death died of wounds
  Decorations Military Cross
Military Medal
Narrative history
  Lieutenant (43rd Battalion, Manitoba Regiment) Walter James Hawkes MC MM (b.1891) of Balgonie died 19180905 of his wounds and is buried at Terlincthun British cemetery near Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France. He was the son of James B. and Marion Hawkes who homesteaded SE22-18-16-W2 northeast of Balgonie. Walter was born at Balgonie and was farming when he enlisted as a private (859440) at Winnipeg, Manitoba, late in 1915, leaving a wife Elizabeth Ann.

Military Medal awarded 19170917:
On the morning of the 28th June after the attack on AVION TRENCH when the situation on the Battn. frontage was vague and patchy, owing to lack of communication he, with one other Scout proceeded over land in daylight under shell fire determined the connection with the Bn. on the right flank, and returned with important information regarding the situation and the disposition of our forces in the captured trench.
On the evening of the 28th he accompanied a fighting patrol which moved out from AVION TRENCH towards the village of AVION, until the patrol was stopped by M.G. and rifle fire.
He in company with another scout pushed out ahead under heavy fire for distance of about 150 yards, reconnoitred the enemy position and secured valuable information as to the enemy's defences and disposition.

Military Cross awarded 19190111:
He was in charge of a platoon during an attack. In the thickness of the fog his platoon was separated from the remainder of the company, and came under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire. He displayed the greatest coolness and courage in leading his men forward, and succeeded in putting out of action the enemy's machine guns and infantry. Later on his platoon came under direct fire of an enemy battery. This he silenced, capturing three officers and thirty seven men. His conduct materially helped in the success of the operation.
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Memorial information
  Saskatchewan rural municipality for commemoration 157 - South Qu'appelle
  Cemetery or memorial location Terlincthun British cemetery, Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France    

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Personal information
  Date of birth 18910426
  Place of birth Balgonie    (Please click here for map.)
  Date of enlistment 19151202
  Place of enlistment Winnipeg, Manitoba    (Please click here for map.)
  Residence on enlistment Balgonie    (Please click here for map.)
  Occupation farmer
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