John Hawkins was born at Seaforth on the 20th December 1894 and was baptised at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Seaforth.
 
He was the son of John Hawkins and Margaret (nee Cusack) who were married at the same church in 1893. They were both natives of Liverpool.
 
He had six siblings; Frances Josephine (b 1892), Martin (b 1893), Rosanna (b 1896), Mary Magdalen (b 1898), Johanna Teresa (b 1900) and John Vincent (b 1909).
 
1901 Census - 56 Caradoc Road, Seaforth - Parents John and Margaret Hawkins with children, Frances, Martin, John, Rosanna and Mary Hawkins living with Mother Rosanna Hawkins (widow)
 
1911 Census - Seaforth Road, Seaforth - Mother Margaret Hawkins (Widow) with children Martin, John, Rose, Polly and Vincent Hawkins and Cathleen O’Day (Adopted) Margaret had been married 21 years with 6 children born and still alive.
 
John Hawkins was a journeyman barber on the 1911 census. His father had been a stonemason. 
John was living at Bootle when he enlisted in the army at Seaforth. His service records have not survived and his medal card suggests that he was posted to the front after January 1916.
 
Red Cross Prisoner of War Records show that John was captured at Hannecourt on the 30th November 1917. He died of Pneumonia on the 12th December 1917 at Maubeuge and was buried at Maubeuge-Centre Cemetery.
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 8th February 1918. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
   Pte. John Hawkins, K.L.R., who was wounded and taken prisoner on November 30th, died in a German hospital on December 12th. An “old boy” of Star of the Sea Schools, Seaforth, he leaves a widowed mother who resides at 69, Salisbury-road, Bootle. Before the war he was employed by Messrs. Lunt.

Bootle Times 8th February 1918