Other names: Sidney
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury,DorsetEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Sidney Hawkins was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3 Feb 1887 and baptised on 18 Feb 1887 the son of William Edward and Georgina Hawkins. Sidney enlisted in the Territorial Volunteer Reserve of the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment on 1 Apr 1908 (Service No. 5236) and attended the usual annual training camps. He married Mabel Rose Gray at St. John, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 26 Jun 1913. They went on to have two children. Sidney was called from reserve and embodied on 4 Aug 1914 as a Private and served in the UK until he was discharged on 31 Mar 1916 having completed the terms of his engagement. It is evident that he re-joined at some time as he has records showing him with the 2nd Garrison Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. 53455) and being discharged on 18 Nov 1919 due to being unfit by virtue of suffering from malaria. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he is shown living at 35 Bimport, Shaftesbury, working as a Carpenter. He died locally in 1959.