1. Memorial:Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-BecourtI. V. 28.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.124
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour46A GQS

Awards & Titles:

Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Order of the Osmanieh 4th Class

Family :

Order of the Osmanieh (4th Class). Son of James Taylor Hawksley and Emily Julia Hawksley, of Caldy Island, Pembrokeshire.

Education & Career :

He went to Shrewsbury School, being in School House and left in 1894.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 110th Brigade Royal Field Artillery 

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916 

The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

He went up to Woolwich, received his first commission in 1897, and saw service in the South African War, 1899-1902, taking part in the defence of Ladysmith and various operations in Natal, the Transvaal, the Orange River Colony, and Cape Colony.

He was mentioned in dispatches, and received the Queen’s Medal with five clasps, and the King’s Medal with two clasps. For seven years from 1905 he was attached to the Egyptian Army, and for his services during the operations in Southern Kordofan in 1910 he received the Soudan Medal with clasp and the Order of Osmanieh (4th Class). For his services in WW1 he had been mentioned in dispatches and made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.

Served in the South African and Sudan Campaigns (South Kordofan, 1910).
Captain, Khartoum, Egypt (1906).

Detail :

John Plunkett Verney Hawksley, DSO, MID, Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Field Artillery. John was the Son of James Taylor Hawksley and Emily Julia Hawksley, of Caldy Island. He was a career soldier, and had served in the South African and Sudan Campaigns (South Kordofan, 1910), before being awarded the temporary rank of Major at the outbreak of the Great War. After seeing action with the 32nd Brigade RFA from Mons to the Marne in 1914, John fought through 1915, and in March 1916 was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in command of 110th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, attached to 25th Division. John had a distinguished career, gaining him the Distinguished Service Order, was three times Mentioned in Despatches and was the holder of the Order of the Osmanieh (4th Class) (awarded while attached to the Egyptian Army), but was sadly killed in action on the Somme on the 8th August 1916. He was 38 years old and is buried at Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France. Remembered on the Tenby War Memorial

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Khartoum No. 2877 E.C.Egypt

6th December 1906
4th April 1907
2nd May 1907

"Killed in Action Nov'r 1916"

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