Date of death: 27.9.1917
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Service number: 132005
He enlisted in the 253rd Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers. He was killed in action on 27th September 1917 age 27. He is remembered with honour at the Mendinghem Military Cemetery.
The Wakefield Express of 27.10.1917 reported in its Roll of Honour:
In loving memory of our loving and affectionate brother Sapper Herbert Hawkins Royal Engineers, of Crofton who was killed September 27th 1917 somewhere in France.
Fondly we loved him
He is dear to us still
But in our grief we must bend
To God’s holy will
From his Sister and Brother in law Hannah and Jim Ackworth
In loving memory of a dear son and brother Sapper Herbert Hawkins Royal Engineers, Crofton who was killed in action 27th September 1917 somewhere in France
Sleep on dear son in a soldier’s grave
Your life for your country you nobly gave
I did not stand by you to say goodbye
But safe in God’s keeping now you lie
From brother in France and Sweetheart in Crofton
Wakefield Express 28.9.1918
ROLL OF HONOUR
In loving memory of our dear son Sapper Herbert Hawkins who was killed in France 27th September 1917.
From Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers
In loving memory of Sapper Herbert Hawkins Royal Engineers who was killed somewhere in France September 27th 1917
By his Brother and Sister in law, Joe and Florence