Capt. John Bawtree Hawkins JP CA, a local hero
From a prominent Colchester family, who moved to Ballast Quay House and made a name for himself locally but died on 30th August 1916 from pneumonia whilst running a Supply Depot at the Front
By Doug Rowe
In this pdf document, (see below or click on the link at the foot of this page), Doug Rowe provides a detailed account of the life, and death of Capt. John Hawkins, who was a prominent citizen both here in Wivenhoe as well as in Colchester. His father had been a Borough Councillor for 45 years and was four-times Mayor. John came to live at Ballast Quay House as well as run the adjacent Ballast Quay Farm. He was a JP and was elected a County Councillor, served on many local committees including, as its Chairman, the Education Committee which had responsibility for building the College on Colchester’s North Hill which is now the Sixth Form College.
A short summary of Capt. John Hawkins life of just 47 years is given on this page – click here.
He is also listed in Wivenhoe’s Roll of Honour – click here
John Hawkin’s daughter, Helen, also volunteered for service in WW1 as a VAD nurse. Read about her story here.