HAWKINS, Kenneth Scott
Corporal (Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major)
Acting Company Sergeant Major Kenneth Hawkins was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at the crossing of the Garigliano River, Italy, on 22 January 1944 . He later became prisoner of war and was transported to Germany .
"On 22nd Jan.44 North of the River Garigliano CSM Hawkins led a small patrol consisiting of himself and six men. On encountering a German patrol of greatly superior strength he outwitted, by skilfull leadership, and succeeded in capturing 12 prisoners. Later he led out a second patrol and this time returned with a further 18 prisoners. During the whole operation his courage, initiative, and coolness were of the highest order and were a fine example and inspiration to the men under his command.".
- He also received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy .
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