Brian Charles Keith HAWKINS [1900-1962]

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Brian Charles Keith
Birthplace (town, state)
Jhansi, Bengal
(Day & Month are approximate.)

DoB from John Black's list, which gives Mr Hawkins's occupation in 1941 as "Civil Servant".

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 Between 1935 and 1950 Brian Charles Keith HAWKINS travelled frequently between London and Hong Kong described in 1935 as a Crown Agent and post WWII as a civil servant. His address in the UK was Griffel, Chesterfield Road, Matlock Derbyshire recorded as such 1946 onwards.

1939 Ration Book Census Brian C K Hawlins Colonial Administration Service and Gladys H Hawkins living at Griffel, Chesterfield Road, Matlock Derbyshire.

In 1946 he gave I. L. O. 38 Parliament Street as an address in the UK (International Labour Office?)

Brian Charles Keith Hawkins born 22 August 1900 baptised 22 December 1900 Jhansi Bengal son of Arthur Vernon Hawkins and Lilian Celia (Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bengal)

In 1950 he was accompanied by Gladys Helen Hawkins age 49 (her dob about 1901?)

Gladys Helen Hawkins nee ??? was born 14 November 1899 as recorded on her death record. She died 1976 Bakewell Derbyshire

Brian Charles Keith Hawkins died in 5 June 1962 at the Claremont Nursing Home in Matlock Derbyshire. (Derbyshire Registrars Death Index) Home address Criffel, Chesterfield Road, Matlock Derbyhire.

In the National Probate Index of Wills and Administration he is recorded as Brian Charles Keith Hawkins C.M.G., O.B.E. His widow Gladys Helen Hawkings was granted probate.

The Order of St Michael and St George was originally awarded to those holding commands or high position in the Mediterranean territories acquired in the Napoleonic Wars and was subsequently extended to holders of similar office or position in other territories of the British Empire. The Order includes three classes, in descending order of seniority and rank:Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GCMG), Knight Commander (KCMG) or Dame Commander (DCMG), Companion (CMG)

Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)


Brian Charles Keith Hawkins,CMG, OBE was a Hong Kong civil servant and government official. He was the Labour Officer and the Secretary for Chinese Affairs.

Hawkins joined the Hong Kong cadets and joined the  Hong Kong Civil Service.  In 1940, he was appointed Labour Officer. During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, Hawkins was interned at the  Stanley Camp.

After the war, Hawkins joined the British Military Administration as Secretary for Chinese Affairs and Labour Officer, with J. C. McDouall  as his assistant. During his services as Secretary for Chinese affairs, Hawkins managed such issues as tenancy, domestic disputes, issuing of alcohol licence, and publication. In 1946, he was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for the services in connection with the rehabilitation of the colony.

He continued his position as Labour Officer, in which the title was changed to Commissioner for Labour in 1947. In August 1947, the Chinese Engineers' Institute launched a strike where the  Kowloon-Canton Railway and docks stopped running, the  Hong Kong and China Gas Company closed and Dairy Farm stopped producing milk, which caused an immediate jump in food prices, after the engineers' demand of wage increase from $2 to $5 a day was rejected. Hawkins announced all disputes were settled and that basic wages would rise by 50 per cent after negotiations went on for more than a month. In 1948, the rickshaw pullers demanded for rent reduction of rickshaws, in which Hawkins mediated between the pullers and the owners and finally reached a settlement. In 1952, Hawkins was madeCompanion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).

In 1955, he was appointed again as Secretary for Chinese Affairs. He worked in the government until he retired around 1959.