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Some military careers are destined for fame and greatness while other are cut far too short due to the hand of chance. Such was the case of Lieutenant Denis
John Hawkins of the 105th (Madras Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot.
He was the eldest son of a distinguished military family, his father being General Sir John Summerfield Hawkins, K.C.M.G. of the Royal Engineers and his
grandfather being Lieutenant John Hawkins, R.N. John Summerfield Hawkins served as Chief Commissioner of the British North American Boundary
Commission, from 1858 until 1869. Denis John was born on 7 August 1849 in Yorkshire, England.
He received his formal military education at Sandhurst and was commissioned an ensign with the 105th (Madras Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot on 3 Februay
1869. His regiment was already serving at Meerut, Bengal, India and precisely when he joined it is uncertain. He was certainly already in India when he was
promoted lieutenant on 28 October 1871. Hawkins enjoyed his promotion for less than a year, dying from cholera at Synee Camp, Meerut on 8 September 1872.
Lieutenant Denis John Hawkins was buried at Meerut Cantonment Cemetery.
Below: The reverse side of Hawkins' carte de visite showing the identifying inscription.