James Frederick Hawes

Rank Private
Service No 11073
Date of Death 16/09/1916
Age 27
Regiment/Service Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 7th Battalion
Cemetery Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs, 16 kilometers north-east of Albert, France


James Frederick Hawes was born in New Barnet in 1889 to James Hawes, a gardener, and his wife Maria (nee Randall), both of whom were born in 1863. He had three sisters, Eleanor (b. 1886), Susannah (b.1887) and Ethel (b.1897). In the early 1890s, the Hawes family moved from New Barnet to the appropriately named Gardeners’ Cottage, Regents Park Road, Finchley. James followed his father into the gardening profession. When James’ great-uncle, who was completely blind, came to reside with them, they moved to 16 Lichfield Grove. Susannah was to die in 1910, aged just 23. 

James was killed in the Battle of the Sommme, during an attack in front of Lesboeufs from Serpentine Trench.

The St Luke’s Finchley monthly magazine of December 1916, records that ‘James was the only son of Mr Charles Hawes of 18, Lichfield Road, and enlisted early in the war.’