Longest-lived member of the
8th Battalion and one of the longest-lived Canadian combat infantryman of the First World War.
Frederick Hawkes, born in England on 15 April 1892, was admitted to Canada in 1901, along with his sister, as one of the British Home Children. He was sent to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba where he lived with local farm families.
Private Hawkes served in France with the 8th Battalion in the First World War, and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Following demobilization, Frederick received a soldier’s land grant and farmed near Portage la Prairie. He then went on to serve in the Second World War.
Frederick Hawkes never married. He died, aged 106 years and 136 days, on 18 August 1998 in Portage la Prairie and was interred in Hillside Cemetery.
Frederick Hawkes is the longest-lived member of the 8th Battalion and one of the longest-lived Canadian combat infantryman of the First World War.
The above information was derived from Holding Their Bit - Remembering the 8th Canadian Battalion (90th Winnipeg Rifles) 1914-1918 The Little Black Devils, a book edited by Ian Stewart and published by The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Museum & Archives in 2018.