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Vernon Michael Cecil Hawkins and Lily Gertrude Pheobe Woodlands

Married 28-Feb-1920

I have a transcription of the couple marriage certificate which gives a fair bit of information about the marriage, including names of the parents.

Perhaps most interesting is the fact that Lily was in fact born on Guernsey. It seems likely this may have been a contributing factor to the couple having met.

Witnesses for the marriage are entered as George Henry Woodlands and Kathleen Woodlands. A note is entered that George was not actually present and gave his consent by letter. Kathleen seems likely to be Lily's sister.

Husband:   Vernon Michael Cecil Hawkins

Born: 25-Oct-1896
Father: Vernon John Charles Hawkins
Mother: Mary Jane Hogan

Aged 4 at the time of the 1901 census, and recorded as having been born in "Hants Cosham".

This seems to tie in with a Vernon Cecil Hawkins    recorded in the GRO index for Jan/Feb/Mar 1897 as having been born in the district of Fareham (volume 2b page 569).

I have a copy of Vernon's birth certificate which confirms this is the correct entry. The handwriting is very difficult to read, and it is hard to make out his date of birth, but it appears to be 25th October 1896. It appears the birth was registered on the 1st January 1897.

Vernon seems to appear in the earlier family photo, but we believe he's not in the later one. At the time of his father's funeral he was seemingly still alive (the article mentions Vernon Sr. having five boys and five girls, and two of the girls having died, so presumably all the boys were still alive), but for some reason he did not attend - or at least he does not appear in the list of family attending.

It seems Vernon was probably the first of the children to move to Australia. He is recorded as having enrolled for the first world war in the Australian army on the 10th January 1916 and returned on the 25th January 1919. The place of enrollment is recorded as Goulburn, New South Wales.

He also enrolled for the second world war, again in the Australian army, on 25 Mar 1941, and was discharged on the 25th November 1944. The place of enrolement is recorded as Paddington, New South Wales, and his locality at the time of enrolement is recorded as Lidcombe, New South Wales.

His next of kin in the second instance is recorded as Lily Hawkins and there is a record of a marriage between VERNON M.C. HAWKINS and LILY G.P. WOODLANDS in Auburn. I now have a transcript of the marriage registration giving more details.

Although the middle name "Michael" does not appear on Vernon's birth certificate, it appears in several places in his Australian records.

In fact, it appears from talking to his niece Cornelia, that actual Vernon was often called by his middle name - she referred to him as Uncle Micky.

Cornelia also said that he may have been staying with his uncle - one of Mary's brothers - when he first moved to Australia. Apparently he was something of a tearaway as a child in England, and it was thought some time in Australia might straighten him out.

Wife:   Lily Gertrude Pheobe Woodlands

Born: 1900
Father: George Henry Woodlands
Mother: Ada Emily Cowling

According to the transcription of the certificate of her marriage to Vernon, Lily was 20 at the time she married. This puts her date of birth around 1920. Her place of birth is recorded on the marriage certificate as Guernsey.

Sure enough, a 1 year old Lily Woodland (note the lack of an 's' on the end) does appear in the 1901 census, living in St. Peter Port, Guernsey, place of birth recorded as Guernsey, St. Martin.

Female  Child 1:   Muriel Dorothy Hawkins

Born: 1920
Spouse: Raymond Neville Jones
Children: Paul Duncan James


Male  Child 2:   Vernon George Hawkins

Born: 1923
Died: 1972
Spouse: <NoName>
Children: Vernon Jeffrey Hawkins, Dennis Frederick Hawkins


Female  Child 3:   Kathleen Joan Hawkins

Born: 1927


Female  Child 4:   Barbara Hawkins

Born: 1930
Spouse: Reg Ramsbottom
Children: Susan Ramsbottom, Michael John Ramsbottom


Male  Child 5:   Terence Hawkins

Born: 1936