Memorable Manitobans: Charles James Hawkins (1888-1951)
Born at Tavistock, Devonshire, England on 6 February 1888, he came to Canada and was working as a labourer when, in 1914, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the outbreak of the First World War. He served overseas with the 44th and 52nd regiments. Returning to Winnipeg after the war, in 1922 he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Knowles Home for Boys. Nine years later, he became its Superintendent, serving in the position until his death. On 10 August 1932, he married Edith Winnifred “Winnie” Moss (?-?) at East Kildonan. They had two children. An avid gardener, he was President of the Gladiolus Society for three years, and was a member of the Elmwood branch of the Canadian Legion. He died at the St. Joseph’s Hospital on 10 April 1951 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. He is commemorated by Charles Hawkins Bay in Winnipeg.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1951, page 28.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 September 2016
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