William Hawkins

Serjeant Hawkins traveled as part of the main body of troops on board the Thames City, arriving in British Columbia in April of 1859.

Camp, New Westminster
2nd April, 1861


I have to report for your Information of a Government canoe being damaged On the Public works by accident on the 1st Instant By a Tree falling on it while moored on the Brunette River.

The above canoe is the old one that was employed At the Harrison River.

William Hawkins, Serjeant
Royal Engineers

Hawkins appears to have been a career soldier and returns to England in November 1858 upon the disbandment of the Columbia Detachment.

A serjeant's Regimental Pay per Diem was 2s. 10 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem 3s. to 5s.