Hawkins, Christopher Alexander Vaughan


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He was the only son of Henry Vaughan Hawkins (F 1893-97), of Holybourne Cottage, Alton, Hampshire. His mother was Mary Mackenzie Hawkins (daughter of A.F.M. Downie), and he was the grandson of the Reverend C.H. Hawkins, the founder of the Winchester College boarding house which now bears his name.

He made some exceptionally large scores for Morshead’s in Toye Cup and won Paget Bat, but his promise as a cricketer was not quite fulfilled and he just missed promotion from 2nd XI. He was in soccer XI as goalkeeper in 1935 and helped his house to win Ellis Cup in 1932 and appropriately “Chawker Pot” in 1934.

He did not decide to enter the army until after he left school, but in 1938 obtained a commission in the East Surrey Regiment. He was attached to the RAF and became a Pilot Officer in June 1940, being promoted Flying Officer in July 1941. In May 1941 268 Squadron, with which he served, partially re-equipped with American Tomahawk aircraft. Though inadequate as fighters, these could be used for low-level reconnaissance with a greater chance of survival than the multi-purpose, but slow, Lysanders which 268 had been using hitherto. 268 Squadron was commanded by Squadron Leader Alan Ford Anderson (F 1924-1928).

In October 1941, upon being declared operational on the new aircraft, 268 commenced support for army training exercises and undertook shipping patrols in the English Channel and North Sea, primarily along the coast of northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Hawkins was killed in action over the south coast in February 1942, aged twenty-five. On Friday February 27th 1942, at 1200, he was buried in the southwest portion of Holy Rood churchyard, Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire.  He is also commemorated on the war memorial in the church.

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Hawkins
  • Forenames or initials: Christopher Alexander Vaughan
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1930-1935
  • Rank: Flying Officer
  • Regiment: RAF
  • Date of Birth: 6th January 1917
  • Date of Death: 21st February 1942
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Holy Rood Churchyard, Holybourne, Alton