Senior Petty Officer 308068
Ernest was born 21 April 1886, the son of William and Maria Hawkins, and his father was a gardener. The family lived in the Goldsworth area of Woking in 1891, and he had an older brother called Herbert Edwin and a younger sister called Ada Annie. The family had moved to Eastbourne by 1901.
Ernest joined the Navy 21 November 1904 for 12 years, and gave his occupation as gardener. He had brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion, and was 5 feet 4½ inches tall. He served on numerous ships including HMS Terrible, Sapphire, Bellerophon, Eclipse and Fisguard. He served on HMS Princess Royal from 13 November 1912 until 16 August 1916, and was by then a Leading Stoker. He then transferred to HMS Victory II and was promoted to Senior Petty Officer 1 October 1916. Ernest was invalided out on 27 January 1916 on a pension.
The electoral register records that Ernest John and Elsie Hawkins lived at 10 Grange Lane Tongham in 1918. Ernest was buried at Seale 19 November 1918, with his age given as 34, and his abode as 12 Grange Lane, Tongham.
Ernest was awarded the 1914-15 Star, and his medals were sent to his widow.