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Stanley Norman HAWKINGS

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Forename(s): Stanley Norman

Place of Birth: Liverpool, Lancashire

Service No: 28548

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 21st (Service) Battalion. (Wool Textile Pioneers)

Division: 4th Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1917-05-06

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. J. 3.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: DENT, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Stanley Norman Hawkings was the son of Stanley and Emma Hawkings, née Carter. Stanley, senior, was born at Bristol, Gloucestershire and Emma at Dent, Yorkshire. Stanley died in 1899. Emma married William Moorby in 1911.

1901 Dent, Yorkshire Census: Main Street - Stanley Norman Hawkings, aged 6 years, born Liverpool, Lancashire, son of Emma Hawkings, widow.

1911 Liverpool, Lancashire Census: 7, Clevedon Building, Clevedon Street - Norman Hawkings, aged 16 years, born Liverpool. Cow boy. [Norman was employed by Mary Alice Bentham, Cowkeeper, who was born at Dent, Yorkshire.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Stanley N. Hawkings, 28548, West Yorkshire Regiment.

A short biography of Stanley is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HAWKINS, Norman, son of Mrs. W. Moorby, [Dent], killed in action May 5, 1917.


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Private Stanley Norman HAWKINGS

Private Stanley Norman HAWKINGS

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Forename(s): Stanley Norman

Born: Liverpool


Enlisted: Kendal

Number: 28548

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 21st Battalion


Died Date: 06/05/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly R.F.A. 117095

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Forename(s): S N

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 28548

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 21st Bn.

Age: 22


Died Date: 06/05/1917

Additional Information: Son of Emma Moorby (formerly Hawkings), of Main St., Dent, Sedbergh, Yorks. Born at Liverpool. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: IN LOVING MEMORY)


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'The Westmorland Gazette' (26 May 1917)

'The Westmorland Gazette' (26 May 1917)

Private Stanley Norman Hawkings

St. Nicolas British Cemetery

St. Nicolas British Cemetery

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25 February 1916

DENT – Soldier Sues for Wages

At the Kirkby Lonsdale County Court last week, before Judge Gawan Taylor, Norman Stanley Hawkins, of Main Street, Dent, farm servant, now a private in the R.F.A. stationed at Brighton, sued Robert Braithwaite, of Fellside, Middleton, farmer, for £6 2s 8d wages for services rendered to the defendant from November 25th, 1916, to January 12th, 1916. Mr. Hague, of Messrs. Robinson and Hague, of Sedbergh, appeared for the plaintiff, and defendant conducted his own case. Mr. Hague said that plaintiff had talked of enlisting under Lord Derby’s scheme, and finding that most of his friends were enlisting direct he did the same. He saw defendant in Sedbergh and asked for his wages up to the time that he had enlisted, but defendant said he would get nothing from him.

John Harold Hawkins, plaintiff’s brother, of Sedbergh, butcher’s assistant, said his brother hired at Martinmas to the defendant for six months at £19 wage, as an all-round man. His brother was 20 years of age, and he stayed with defendant seven weeks. On the 12th January plaintiff, with witness, met the defendant in Sedbergh. His brother asked for his wages up to that date, and said he was going to enlist direct, in order to get into the regiment he wanted to join. The defendant said he would not give him any money he was to go back to the farm and work. Plaintiff said he was going to enlist and would have to see a solicitor as to his wages. Defendant said he could please himself what he did, and then went into the White Hart Hotel. Plaintiff saw a solicitor and went to Kendal next day to enlist in the R.F.A.

The defendant, in evidence, said he had never refused to pay the wages. Plaintiff was his man until he enlisted, and when he asked for his wages he did not know whether he had enlisted or not. He had since written to Captain Long at Kendal to find out where the plaintiff was in order to pay him. His Honour: “There seems to be some mistake. I am quite sure no one would say in defence that they would not pay the wages of a man who has enlisted.” Defendant: “I never refused to pay. I am quite willing to pay but don’t want to pay any expense. There has been nothing taken off for insurance, for which 2s. 4d. is due to me. I wanted to pay his wages.” His Honour: – “Do you owe £4 19s. 11d., wages due less insurance?” Defendant: “I do.” His Honour then gave judgment for the plaintiff for £4 19s. 11d. and costs.

Defendant: “I don’t think I ought to pay any costs, as I have done my duty. I had no objection to his enlisting, in fact, I asked him many a time to do so.” His Honour: “I am very pleased to hear that.”

25 May 1917

HAWKINGS – May 5th 1917, killed in action in France, Pte. Norman Hawkings, son of Mrs. W. Moorby, of Dent.

25 May 1917


Mrs. W. Moorby, of Dent, has just received official notice that her eldest son, Pte. Norman Hawkings, was killed in action in France on May 5th.

Pte. G. Raw, of Dent, writing home, says:– “You will have heard the sad news by now of poor Norman getting killed. We were on the road up to the trenches when he was killed by a shell. I was only a few yards in front of him. I don’t know how I escaped it. I was at his funeral yesterday afternoon. He and four more were buried together. He had a very nice funeral; two verses of ‘Abide with Me’ were sung, but there were not many who could sing. He had a parcel just before we set off, so we both had tea out of it. I got your letter just as we were setting off, and was going to let Norman read it, but he said, “Never mind till we come back”, but poor fellow, he never got to read it.”

01 June 1917


A memorial service in memory of the local soldiers who have recently fallen in the war was held in St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday. The soldiers lost include Pte. N. Hawkings, West Yorks.; Pte. R. Powley [Pooley], R.A.M.C.; Pte. B. Pinch, R.F.A., who have been killed in action; Pte. W. Bentham, Duke of Wellington’s, who has been missing since October last; Pte. W. Brunskill, London Civil Service Rifles, who has been missing since last September; Pte. P. Dixon, who has been missing since July last and is now considered killed in action. There was a very large congregation, and the service opened with the voluntary ‘O Rest in the Lord,’ and included special lessons, part of the Committal service for the Burial of the Dead, a sermon by the Vicar from the text, ‘Unto God will I commit my cause’ (Job v. 8), and concluded with the hymn, ‘Now the labourer’s task is o’er,’ and the voluntary ‘Crossing the Bar.’

A memorial service was held in the Primitive Chapel, Deepdale, on Sunday afternoon in memory of Pte. B. Pinch, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Pinch, of Deepdale. The service was conducted by the Rev. P.H. Powell, of Dent, and there were a good number of sympathetic friends and relations present.

03 May 1918

HAWKINGS – In loving remembrance of Stanley Norman Hawkings, who was killed in France May 5th, 1917, aged 23 years.

When last we saw his smiling face
He looked so strong and brave;
We little thought how soon he’d be
Laid in a soldier’s grave.

From his Mother and Family, Dent.

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18 May 1917


THE WAR – Information has come to hand that the following men, who have spent the whole or a considerable portion of their lives in Dent, have sacrificed their lives for King and country:–- Rainforth Powley, son of Mr. George Powley, formerly of Tub Hall, Dent, Norman S. Hawkings, son of Mrs. Moorby, Main Street, Dent, A. Conder [survived], son of Mr. J.D. Conder, formerly of Olmonds, Gawthorpe, Dent, Bertie Pinch, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Pinch, Deepdale, Dent, who leaves a widow and one child to mourn their loss.

01 June 1917


MEMORIAL SERVICE – On Sunday evening last the Vicar conducted a service in the Parish Church to the memory of those Dent men who have recently fallen in the war, namely, N. Hawkins, R, Pooley, B. Pinch, W. Bentham, W. Brunskill, and J. [P.] Dixon (the last three reported as missing some time ago, but now believed to have been killed). A portion of the burial service was read by the Vicar, who afterwards preached an impressive sermon from Job. v. 8. – In the afternoon Rev. P.H. Powell (circuit minister) conducted a service in Deepdale Primitive Methodist Chapel to the memory of Pte. B. Pinch. There was a good attendance.

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