The 19th of April will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Arthur Hawkins who was killed in action on 19th April 1916.
Arthur was 26 years old when he died and used to live at 2 Letchmore Cottages, he left the village on September 1914 to fight in France and Belgium never to return.
Arthur was the eldest son of Hanna and Henry William Hawkins, Henry was the son of “old” Henry and Mary Hawkins who lived at 3 Letchmore Cottages. When Henry and Hanna married in 1890 they moved into 3 Hill Cottages, where Arthur was born, but tragically somewhere between April and June 1897 Henry died at the age of 31 years (Arthur was only 7 at the time) Hanna subsequently moved into 2 Letchmore Cottages with Arthur and both his younger and baby brother, Hanna became a laundress working from home.
Arthur was born in 1890 and enlisted with the 8th Battalion of the Bedford Regiment at the start of WW1. Arthur’s battalion suffered heavy losses during a massed bombardment and raids on their lines during April 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial in Ieper, West-Viaanderen, Belgium. There is also a stone memorial plaque set into the house wall of 2 Letchmore Cottages.
There are a further 4 of these plaques in the village commemorating those from the Village that were lost;
Arthur Burnell Bernadine, The Green,
Ted Camp Landor Cottages, Back Lane.
Stanley Beal Camp Landor Cottages, Back Lane.
Harry Walton Keen The Old Bakery, Grange Lane.