- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Temporary Captain
- 1st Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment attached HQ 7th Indian Infantry Brigade
- Awarded on:
- July 8th, 1943
"As liaison officer for HQ 7th Indian infantry brigade attached top 1 Royal Sussex during the night 5/6th April 1943 for the attack on the Dj El Meida Hill, north-west of Wadi Akarit, at 0954 and on the anti-tank ditch defences at 106548.
From 0040 hours 6th April the Battalion was under very heavy mortar and machine gun fire throughout the night and Captain Hawkes coolness was an example to all ranks. Just before first light seeing that fire was still coming from the right of the Battalion’s objective he collected together a party of men, ordered them to fix bayonets and led them forward to clear the remainder of the objective.
This they did after some resistance and they captured several prisoners and a troop of 75mm guns. Captain Hawkes then assisted in getting these guns into action against the enemy and the right flank who were holding up the 50th Division attack. His party was then shelled and heavily fired on by machine guns. The latter he dealt with by rifle fire.
Captain Hawkes bravery, initiative, and leadership very materially contributed to the successful capture of the right of the Battalion’s objective which in turn prevented fire from the area being directed on the 50 Division attack."
Recommendation by Lt Col C E A Firth for an immediate award - approved by Montgomery.