A Collection of Medals to the Hampshire Regiment

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £2,800

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

A Great War D.S.O., M.C. group of six awarded to Acting Lieutenant-Colonel C. F. Hawkins, Tanks Corps, late Hampshire Regiment and Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, complete with top bar; Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed; Africa General Service 1902-56, 2 clasps, Somaliland 1902-04, Jidballi (Lieut., Hamp. Regt.); 1914-15 Star (Capt., Can. M.M.G. Bde.); British War and Victory Medals (A. Lt. Col.) mounted court style as worn, good very fine (6) £2000-2500


D.S.O. London Gazette 3 June 1918.

M.C. London Gazette 1 January 1917.

M.I.D. London Gazette 25 May 1918.

Charles Francis Hawkins was born in Winchester, Hampshire on 1 May 1881. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Hampshire Regiment on 5 January 1901, he was advanced to Lieutenant on 14 February 1903. With the Hampshire Regiment he served in Somaliland and took part in the engagement at Jidballi, 10 January 1904. He was removed from the roll of officers on 22 December 1905, being absent without leave. Later employed in the tobacco industry in Canada, he enlisted at Ottawa on 2 September 1914 and he attested for service with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in January 1915. Serving as a Captain in the Canadian Machine Gun Brigade he entered France in August 1915. In November 1916 he was transferred from the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) and transferred to the Tank Corps in December 1917. For his services in the Machine Gun Corps he was awarded the M.C. and awarded the D.S.O. for his services in the Tank Corps. Hawkins was discharged as a Major on 28 March 1919, having served as an Acting Lieutenant-Colonel, 1 November 1918-13 March 1919.

With copied (Canadian) service papers and other research.