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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Hawkes (1892-1998)

Farmer, soldier.

Born at Redon, England on 15 April 1892 to unnamed parents, in 1901 he and his sister were brought to Canada as British Home Children. He was sent to Portage la Prairie where he lived and worked with local farm families. During the First World War, he was conscripted into the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1918. By November 1918, he was serving in France with the 8th Battalion (90th Winnipeg Rifles / Royal Winnipeg Rifles) and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Following demobilization, he received a soldier’s land grant and farmed near Portage la Prairie. He also served in the Second World War. He died unmarried at Portage la Prairie on 18 August 1998, aged 106 years and 136 days, and was interred in the Hillside Cemetery. He was the longest-lived member of the 8th Battalion and the longest-lived Canadian combat infantry soldier from the First World War.

Sources:

Collected papers, military medals and militaria (Frederick Hawkes), Royal Winnipeg Rifles Museum & Archives.

Regimental documents (Frederick Hawkes #2381262), Library and Archives Canada.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 8 October 2017

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