HAWKE, Samuel John
(Service number 7/2264)

Aliases Known as Jack
First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank Lance Corporal


Date 26 November 1889 Place of Birth Makikihi, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 6 November 1915 Age 25 years
Address at Enlistment Shaw Street, Salt Water, Timaru
Occupation Cartage contractor
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Robert HAWKE (father), Hunter, Canterbury
Religion Anglican
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, C Squadron
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations


Date 17 May 1988 Age 98 years
Place of Death Lower Hutt
Memorial or Cemetery Karori Crematorium, Wellington; ashes interred Porirua Cemetery
Memorial Reference Porirua - Row R, Plot 11
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Samuel John Hawke, known as Jack, was born on 26 November 1889 at Makikihi, South Canterbury, the second son of Robert and Mary Ann (née Payne) Hawke. When he enlisted, he was a cartage contractor and residing in Sgaw Street, Salt Water, Timaru. He named his father as next-of-kin – Robert Hawke, Hybter, Canterbury. Lance Corporal S. J. Hawke embarked with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles of the 10th Reinforcements, departing from Wellington on 144 March 1916 for Suez, Egypt.

S. J. Hawke, 7/2264, Hunter, returned home from Egypt in April 1919 on the troopship Kaikoura (Daft 230), which was due on 17 April 1919. Samuel John Hawke married Delicia Isabel Greer on 13 May 1925 at the Tawa Flat Methodist Church. The wedding reception was held at the Private Hotel, Porirua. They had two children. Delicia died in 1957 and was buried in the Porirua Cemetery. Samuel died on 17 May 1988 at Lower Hutt, aged 98. He was cremated at Karori Crematorium, Wellington, and his ashes were interred with Delicia.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 October 2021]; Timaru Herald, 2 April 1919, NZ Times, 17 June 1925 (Papers Past) [12 October 2021; 01 November 2021]; Porirua Cemetery headstone image (Find A Grave) [01 November 2021]; Karori Crematorium record (Wellington City Council) [31 October 2021]

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