Geoffery Oswald Hawkins

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First name: Geoffery

Middle name: Oswald

Last name: Hawkins

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Geoffrey Oswald Hawkins, a surveyor of Bendigo, Victoria enlisted in the A.I.F. on 1 March, 1915 aged 44. He embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 July 1915 and served with the 28th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement in Egypt, France and Belgium. He was wounded in action Sept. 1916 and hospitalised with trench feet in Nov.-Dec. 1916. He left France for London 8 Dec. 1918 and was taken on the staff of War Records. From Sept. 1919-Apr. 1920 he was with the War Graves Commission in the Dardenelles

Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.
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