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Private Thomas Leslie Hawkins

Service No.:
2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance
(2nd Light Horse Brigade)
Tree No.:
Planted by:
Miss Hawkins (possibly a niece)
Image of plaque on tree N121 for Thomas Hawkins
Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

Thomas was born in Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1887 to Samuel Lewis Hawkins and Elizabeth Newport(1).

Thomas was a Stock and Station Agent as well as a farmer when he enlisted in the AIF, Army Medical Corps, Special Medical Reinforcements on the 21st of July 1915, aged 26.

To the Editor of the Express.
Dear Sir, - I desire to thank, through you, Cr. James Watson, J.P., and my many friends, who so willingly and unexpectedly joined together in taking off my crop.
Pte. T. L. HAWKINS, A.M.C.,
Royal Park.

Source: A Soldier's Letter

Thomas was the best man(3) at the wedding of Duncan Ross in February before he embarked aboard the HMAT A61 Kanowna in April 1916, disembarking in Egypt in May and spending three weeks in hospital with a cough, sputum, loss of weight, pain in chest and rheumatism. He transferred to the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance in July. While in the desert he was not well - family history of TB, aggravated by service - and he embarked from Suez aboard the Euripides in January 1917, arriving back in Australia in February. On the 21st of July A PUBLIC WELCOME will be tendered(2) at the Mechanics' Institute, Bacchus Marsh which he would have attended. He was discharged from the AIF in May.

Thomas died at Horsham, VIC in 1965, aged 77.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and the Roll of Honour for pupils of Parwan State School, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour held by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bacchus Marsh.


  1. Bacchus Marsh Express of 13 Jan 1917
  2. The Bacchus Marsh Express 21 July 1917
  3. The Bacchus Marsh Express 19 February 1916

Location of Tree Number N121

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