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Robert Henry Hawkins was a priest
Priest
A priest is a person authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and deities. They also have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, a deity or deities...

 of the Church of England
Church of England
The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church considers itself within the tradition of Western Christianity and dates its formal establishment principally to the mission to England by St...

 and Canon of Windsor
Dean and Canons of Windsor
The Dean and Canons of Windsor are the ecclesiastical body of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.-Foundation:The college of Canons was established in 1348 by Letters Patent of King Edward III. The college was formally constituted on the Feast of St...

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Family and education


Hawkins was the son of Francis Henry Albert Hawkins (Vicar of All Soul's Clapton Park, Rector of All Saints’ Highgate and Prebendary of St. Paul’s Cathedral London) and Mary Anne Ridley Hawkins.

Hawkins was baptised on 25 March 1892 at All Soul's Clapton Park. He was educated at Forest School (Walthamstow). From 1910, he studied theology at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and graduated in 1913.

In October 1914, Hawkins was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
South Staffordshire Regiment
The South Staffordshire Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 38th Regiment of Foot and the 80th Regiment of Foot. In 1959 the regiment was amlagamated with the North Staffordshire Regiment to form the Staffordshire Regiment...

 and was a Ccptain attached to the Royal Flying Corps
Royal Flying Corps
The Royal Flying Corps was the over-land air arm of the British military during most of the First World War. During the early part of the war, the RFC's responsibilities were centred on support of the British Army, via artillery co-operation and photographic reconnaissance...

 by the time of his marriage in 1917. He married Margaret Lacey (1890-1977), daughter of Canon Thomas Alexander Lacey at All Saints' Church, Highgate on 4 June 1917.

Hawkins had five children:
  • John C L Hawkins 1918
  • Dorothy A Hawkins 1920
  • Patricia Hawkins 1923
  • Robert A Hawkins 1925
  • Margaret S Hawkins 1930


He received a Master of Arts degree in 1919. He was ordained a deacon in 1919 and a priest in 1920.

Career

  • Curate of St Thomas' Church, Dudley 1919 - 1923
  • Vicar of Maryport with Christ Church 1923 - 1927
  • Vicar of St George the Martyr, Barrow in Furness from 1927 - 1934
  • Rural Dean of Dalton 1928 - 1934
  • Vicar of Dalston with Cumdivock 1934 - 1943
  • Vicar of St. Mary's Church, Nottingham
    St. Mary's Church, Nottingham
    The Church of St Mary the Virgin is the oldest religious foundation in the City of Nottingham, England, the largest church after the Roman Catholic Cathedral and the largest mediæval building in Nottingham....

     1943 - 1958
  • Honorary Canon of Southwell Minster
    Southwell Minster
    Southwell Minster is a minster and cathedral, in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England. It is six miles away from Newark-on-Trent and thirteen miles from Mansfield. It is the seat of the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham and the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.It is considered an outstanding...

     1943 - 1958
  • Canon of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
    St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
    St George's Chapel is the place of worship at Windsor Castle in England, United Kingdom. It is both a royal peculiar and the chapel of the Order of the Garter...

     1958 – 1970


A memorial to Hawkins is located in the floor of the north choir aisle of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
St George's Chapel is the place of worship at Windsor Castle in England, United Kingdom. It is both a royal peculiar and the chapel of the Order of the Garter...

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