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Hawkins, Dennis Seymour (1923-1944)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.

 

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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

 

Details: Dennis Seymour Hawkins (1923-1944), born 3 November 1923, son of Major-General George Ledsam Seymour Hawkins, C.B., M.C., and Katharine Mariam Hawkins, of 'Thysldo', Southbourne, 37 Overcliff Drive, Boscombe, Hampshire.

 

Attended Sandle Manor School, Fordingbridge, Hampshire.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) September 1937-March 1942; scholar; upper 6th; School Prefect; Head of House; 1st XI cricket (1940, 1941); 1st XV rugby football (1941); Hockey (1941, 1942); CSM in JTC; PT Instructor with badge; member of Duffers.

 

WW2, Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, attached to 5 Field Company, Royal Bombay Sappers and Miners. Died on active service at Imphal, Burma, on 15 August 1944, aged 20.

 

Commemorated at:

Imphal War Cemetery, India, 2. A. 8. Inscription on his headstone: ‘GIVEN UNTO THE FUTURE’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2674666/hawkins,-denn...

 

Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'D.S. Hawkins, whose death from typhus in Burma was announced in August 1944, had an outstanding career in Sherborne. He was Head of his House, in the XV, Cricket XI, and Hockey XI. No one at Sherborne could help loving him for his vigorous sense of humour, his sturdy forthrightness, and his loyalty. He was a great Head of his House and an unselfish Shirburnian. He was a most faithful correspondent after he left and only a few weeks before his death he had written asking for news of Sherborne, and saying how happy he was to be at last able to do some fighting. He is a great loss to his many Sherborne friends.'

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