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David Handforth Hawkes

NZ40739 David Handford Hawkes portrait. Image kindly provided by Judy Guthrie. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

NZ40739 David Handford Hawkes portrait. Image kindly provided by Judy Guthrie. Image has no known co …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    David Handforth AWMM
  • Surname
    Hawkes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    David Hanford Hawkes AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ40739 AWMM
    • WWII 40739 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ40739 AWMM
    • WWII 40739 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    1 Air Observers School, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Ohakea AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accidentally killed on active service AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • David Hawkes was the son of George Augustus Hawkes (WW1 48793) and Lillias Hawkes of Takapuna, Auckland.

    Hawkes was educated at Whangarei Boys High School.

    David served on the Whangarei Harbour Board prior to enlisting with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

    The air accident occurred when he was practice bombing flying, the release gear failed, the trainees had been asked to observe the gear and it was presumed he had fallen to his death.

    Three brothers served in WW2: the eldest brother served in the Navy; Graeme Bradshaw Hawkes (38061) a POW and David Handforth Hawkes (NZ40739) who was killed in RNZAF flying training accident in New Zealand. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 July 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    OhakeaManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Onerahi Cemetery, Onerahi, Whangarei, New Zealand AWMM 10. F. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Northern Advocate, 4 July 1940 AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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    Public - Ian - Other relative - 25 April 2016



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25 April 2016Ian Onerahi WhangareiOther relative

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