Grave of Charles Owen Hawes, Avesnes-Sur-Helpe

1911 Census (Brill, Ref 114)

Name Owen Charles Hawes
Address: Little London, Brill, Bucks
Age: 15
Born 1896, born Oakley, Bucks
Occupation At school

Mother (Head): Ellen Hawes (Age 40, born Downton, Wiltshire; Married for 17 years, 4 children, all 4 children still living)
Brothers: Lee Oscar Hawes (age 11, born Oakley, Bucks; at school)
Roy Eric Hawes (age 9, born Oakley, Bucks; at school)
Sister: Nellie Ruth Hawes (age 13, born Oakley, Bucks; at school)

1901 Census (Oakley, Ref 44)

Name Owen C. Hawes
Address: In the Village
Age: 5
Born 1896, Oakley, Bucks

Father (Head): Charles Hawes (Age 59, married, occupation: Farmer, small holding; born Oakley, Bucks)
Mother: Nellie (age 30, married, born not known, Dorsetshire)
Brother: Lee Oscar Hawes (age 1, born Oakley, Bucks)
Sister: Nellie R. Hawes (age 3, born Oakley, Bucks)

1891 Census (Oakley, ref 75)

Name (Father) Charles Hawes
Address: In the Village
Age: 48
Born Oakley, Bucks
Status Single
Occupation Farmer
Other people on census
Niece: Annie Good (age 8, domestic servant, born Bicester Oxon)

Avesnes-sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery, France

Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

First Names: Owen
Surname: Hawes
Residence Little London, Bucks
Date of death: 16th May 1918
Death Place France and Flanders
Enlistment Place Oxford
Rank: Private
Regiment Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion 2/4th Battalion
Regimental Number: 200438
Type of Casualty Died of wounds
Theatre of War Western European Theatre

Private Charles Owen HAWES
Known as                        Charles Owen Hawes
Born:                               17th February 1896, Oakley, Bucks
Regiment                        Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Rank                                Private
Service number:             200438
Married:                          Unmarried
Died:                               16th May 1918
Cause of Death               Died of wounds
Age at death                    22

Father:                            Charles Hawes (born May 1842, Oakley, Bucks; baptised 15th May 1842, Oakley Church; married 29 April 1894, Enon Chapel, Marylebone; died 12th October 1914, Little London, Bucks)
Mother:                           Nellie / Ellen Hawes nee Porten (born July 1871, Downton, Wiltshire; married 29 April 1894, Enon Chapel, Marylebone; died March/April 1953)
Brothers (2)                    Lee Oscar Hawes (born 1900, Oakley, Bucks;)
Roy Eric Hawes (born 1st April 1901, Oakley, Bucks;)
Sisters (1)                        Nellie R. Hawes (born 1898, Oakley, Bucks;)

Paternal Grandfather:     John Hawes (born 12 Aug 1804, Oakley, Bucks; died Sept 1885)
Paternal Grandmother:   Elizabeth Hawes nee Eborn (born 1818, Brill, Bucks; died 4 June 1881, Brill, Bucks;
Maternal Grandfather:    Edward Porten (born, 1841, Nunton/Bodenham, Wiltshire; died 1923, Wimbourne Dorset)
Maternal Grandmother:  Emma Porten nee Macklin (born 1844, Coombe, Wiltshire; died June 1919, Gaunts Common, Dorset;)

Avesnes-sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery, France


Victory Medal L/106 B9 Page 1836
British Medal L/106 B9 Page 1836

UK Army Registry of Soldiers’ Effects (ref 870173)
Credit £37 2s 1d Allocated on 06/09/1919 to Mother Ellen Gladdy £27 2s 1d
Including War Gratuity of £22

Memorials/notes etc.
Oakley War Memorial.
Waddesdon Deanery Magazine
March 1915 – Roll of honour
June 1918 – no news
July 1918 – Prisoner of war and wounded
February 1919 – died of wounds
Bucks Absent Voters List 1918

Cross of Sacrifice, Avesnes-sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery

Military background
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
2/4th Battalion

Service: 2/4th Battalion Territorial Force

May 12th: Hostile artillery became active at night and caused casualties, 9 killed and 9 wounded.
May 13th: A successful raid was carried out by C Company during the night. Under cover of an effective artillery barrage 2nd Lieut. Rowlerson, with 25 other ranks of No. 12 Platoon, cut their way through the wire which the enemy had put up round his posts in the orchard at Q.14.d.7.4. and afterwards cleared both the posts and the farm. Two prisoners were captured, and our party had no casualties. Congratulations were received from the Corps Commander.
May 14th: Relieved by 2/5th Glosters, and moved into support. During the relief our trenches were shelled, and 6 men were wounded.
May 15th–17th: At Robecq, in support.
May 18th: The Battalion moved back into reserve.

Avesnes-sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery, France

Historical Information
For some time, Avesnes was the Headquarters of the German Eighteenth Army. It was captured by the IX Corps on 8 November 1918. The communal cemetery was used and extended by the Germans during their occupation, and German soldiers, as well as French, Italian, Russian and British prisoners of war, were buried there. The German extension has now been removed.

The cemetery now contains 82 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. Four of the burials are unidentified and special memorials commemorate five casualties, buried in the German Extension, whose graves could not be found. There are 103 French and 5 Russian burials of the 1914-1918 war here. There are now a further 22 burials from the Second World War, most of them airmen.