Memorial: Bitton - St Mary's Church
Regiment: Royal Marine Artillery
Rank and number: Gunner (Service No.13029)
Parents: George and Alice (Nee Hamblin) Hawkins
Marital status: Single
Home address: Home Address: Kings Square, Bitton Lived: 1901 Census, the family lived 31 Kingsmead Street, Bath
Pre-war occupation: Papermaker prior to joining the Royal Marines
Date of birth: 27/02/1895
Place of birth: Upton Cheyney
Date of death: 24/08/1918
Buried/Commemorated at: Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery
Gilbert joined the Royal Marine Artillery in August 1912. He served on HMS Hercules (Battleship) from 1913 to October 1917. He then served on SS Gothic which was a DAMS (Defensively Armed Merchant Ship) and was accidentally killed whilst in service.
Gilbert was born 27/02/1895 Upton Cheyney (Baptised St Mary’s Church, Bitton 31/03/1895).
On the 1911 Census, Gilberts father George was a widower and lived in New King Street, Bath with his son Percy and daughter Alice. Gilbert was not at home. When Gilbert enlisted in 1912, they had moved to Kings Square Bitton and were still there by the end of the war.
Gilbert is commemorated on the Upton Cheyney United Reform church memorial and the Bitton, St Mary’s Church memorial.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Findmypast (Soldiers Died during the Great War, 1901 & 1911 Census etc), Volunteer Researcher John Davis.