Richard Henry Hawke

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Private

Service No:           201342

Unit:                     1st/4th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment

 Richard was born in St George in 1895.  He was the 5rd child of Robert & Selina Hawke.  A 6 year old schoolboy in 1901 he was living with his family at 1 Gouty Lane (now Furber Road); his father was a carpenter from Truro Cornwall.   By the time of the 1911 census we find him living with his parents & siblings at Pear Tree Lane, the census records his occupation as Laying on printing.

The 1/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion was a territorial force based at Queens Road Clifton. In August 1914 they moved to Swindon & then Maldon in Essex for training prior to going to the Western Front. They embarked and landed at Boulogne on 15th May 1915.  The regiment was part of the 48th Midland Division that occupied Pozieres during July 1916.

 Richard entered the “Theatre of War” on 9th October 1915; he died on 26th August 1916 as a result of wounds received in battle.

Richard is buried & remembered with honour in the Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle. Grave Reference IV.A.14.

Image by kind permission of CWGC.

Richard was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.