Admiral Edward HAWKER R N 
- Born: 7 Nov 1782, Petersfield HAM
- Marriage (1): Johanna Naomi POORE  on 10 Jul 1816 in St George Hanover Sq
- Marriage (2): Lady WILLIAMS 
- Died: 8 Jun 1860, Brighton SSX aged 77
Hawker, Admiral Edward (1782-1860)
Hawker, son of Captain James Hawker (c 1731-1787), went to sea in 1793. He joined the SWIFTSURE, home waters, in 1794, commanded by his brother-in-law, Captain Charles Boyles (q.v.), and was also with him in the West Indies when he was promoted to Lieutenant in the RAISONNABLE. Again in the West Indies, 1803, Hawker commanded the prize brig, LA MIGNONNE, and in 1804, having been promoted to captain, was appointed to the THESEUS, flagship of the station. He then commanded the TARTAR, 1805 to 1806, and the MELAMPUS, 1806 to 1811, on the North America and West Indies Stations, engaged against the enemy's privateers. From 1813 to 1815, in the BELLEROPHON and then in the SALISBURY, he was Flag-Captain to Sir Richard Goodwin Keats (q.v.), Commander-in-Chief, Newfoundland. His last appointments were to the BRITANNIA, 1828 to 1829, and ST VINCENT, 1829 to 1830, flagships at Plymouth to the Earl of Northesk (1758-1831). He became rear-admiral in 1837, vice-admiral in 1847 and admiral in 1853.
HAWKER. (Rear-Admiral of the Red, 1837.)
Edward Hawker is son of Capt. Jas. Hawker, R.N., who commanded the Hero 74, and was with the squadron under Commodore Johnstone when attacked by M. de Suffrein, at Porto Praya, in 1781.
This officer (whose name had been borne since 28 May, 1786, on the books of the Pegasus 28, commanded by H.R.H. Prince Wm. Henry, Powerful 74, and Impregnable 98, Capt. Sir Thos. Byard) successively became Midshipman, in 1793, of the Pegasus, and of the Swiftsure 74, each commanded by Capt. Chas. Boyles, under whom he was nominated, 14 July, 1796, Lieutenant of the Raisonnable 64. His other appointments, in the latter capacity, were - 22 July. 1799, and 2 Oct. 1800, to the Spitfire sloop, Capt. Michael Seymour, and Garland 28, Capt. Robt. Honyman, both on the Channel station - 13 June, 1801, as Senior, to the Thames 32, Capt. Aiskew Paffard Hollis, in which frigate, after witnessing, we believe. Sir Jas. Saumarez' action of 12 and 13 July following in the Gut of Gibraltar, and commanding her boats at the very spirited capture, 21 Sept. 1801, of a Spanish privateer called the Sparrow, carrying 2 4-pounders, 2 brass swivels, and 31 men, he visited the shores of Egypt - 30 June, 1803, to the command of the Swift cutter, employed off Martinique and Jamaica - and, 22 Aug. in the same year, again as First, to the Bellerophon 74, Capt. John Loring. He was promoted, on 29 of the latter month, to the command of the Port Mahon brig, also on the Jamaica station, where he was shortly afterwards transferred to the Mignonne. Attaining Post-rank, 6 June, 1804, he joined, on 15 of the following month, the Theseus 74, bearing the flag of Rear-Admiral Jas. Rich. Dacres; from which ship, after experiencing a very dreadful hurricane, he removed, in the next Dec, to the Tartar 32. In that vessel Capt. Hawker cruized for nearly two years in the West Indies and off the coast of America, and captured, on 9 June, 1806 (in company with the Bacchus cutter), L'Observateur, French national brig, of 18 guns and 104 men. The Tartar being then ordered to England, in consequence of the damages she had sustained in a recent hurricane, he exchanged into the Melampus 36; in which frigate we find him, in Jan. 1809, convoying a fleet of transports from Halifax to Barbadoes; and, on 16 of that month, capturing Le Colibri, a French brig-of-war mounting 16 guns, with a complement of 92 men, having on board 570 barrels of flour and a large quantity of gunpowder for the relief of St. Domingo. On 14 of the ensuing Dec. he intercepted Le Beauharnais, of 16 guns and 109 men, laden with flour and warlike stores, from Bayonne bound to Guadeloupe; after assisting at the reduction of which island, and capturing, in company with the Driver sloop-of-war, La Fantôme, French letter-of-marque, pierced for 20 guns, with a complement of 74 men, he returned to the Halifax station, where he continued until Jan. 1812. From 6 March, 1813, to Dec. 1815, he appears to have next commanded the Bellerophon 74, and Salisbury 58, bearing each the flag of Sir Rich. Goodwin Keats at Newfoundland; on his passage whither in the former ship he captured Le Génie French privateer, of 16 guns and 73 men. His last appointments were, 30 April, 1827, and 7 Sept. 1829, to the Britannia and St. Vincent 120's, flag-ships at Plymouth of the Earl of Northesk. He went on half-pay 30 April, 1830; and attained Flag-rank 10 Jan. 1837.
HAWKER, EDWARD (1782-1860), admiral, son of Captain James Hawker [q. v.], had his name placed by Prince William Henry on the books of the Pegasus in 1786, but he first went to sea in 1793 on board the Pegasus frigate, and afterwards in the Swiftsure, with his brother-in-law, Captain Charles Boyles. In July 1796 he was promoted to be lieutenant of the Raisonnable, also with Captain Boyles; in 1799-1800 he was in the Spitfire sloop with his brother-in-law, Commander (afterwards Sir Michael) Seymour (1768-1834) [q. v.], and from 1801 to 1803 in the Thames frigate with Captain Aiskew Paffard Hollis [q. v.], at Gibraltar and on the coast of Egypt. He afterwards commanded the Swift cutter in the West Indies, and in August 1803 was promoted to the command of the Port Mahon brig. In June 1804 he was advanced to post rank, and in the following month was appointed to the Theseus, bearing the flag of Rear-admiral Dacres, on the West Indian station. He afterwards commanded, on the same station, the Tartar and the Melampus till 1812, being continually engaged in active and successful cruising against the enemy's privateers. From 1813 to 1815, first in the Bellerophon and afterwards in the Salisbury, he was flag-captain to Sir Richard Goodwin Keats, commander-in-chief at Newfoundland, and from 1827 to 1830 was flag-captain to the Earl of Northesk at Plymouth. He had no further service afloat, but became in due course rear-admiral in 1837, vice-admiral in 1847, admiral in 1853, and died at Brighton 8 June 1860.
During his later years he was a frequent correspondent of the 'Times,' writing on naval subjects under the signature of 'A Flag Officer.' A letter to Wellington in 1840 was published separately. He was also well known in religious and philanthropic circles. He was married and left issue.
14 August 1860 South Australian Register
On the 8th June, at Brighton, Admiral Edward Hawker, of Ashford Lodge, Petersfield, aged 78, father of the Speaker, and Messrs. Charles, James, and Alfred Hawker, of this colony. GEDDES.-On the 7th June last, at Fremantle, Western Australia
THE LATE ADMIRAL HAWKER. Admiral Edward Hawker, who died on the 8th June, was the son of Captain James Hawker, R.N., who, when commanding tho Mermaid frigate on the coast of America, was chased one moonlight night by a French squadron, and, finding escape impossible, ran his ship ashore near Philadelphia and burned her, to prevent her becoming a prize to the enemy. He and his crew were taken prisoners, and very badly treated ; but upon his liberation he was at once appointed to tho Iris, a 12-pounder frigate, and in her, after taking many enemy's vessels, he fought a very severe action in a calm with the Hermione, an 18 pounder frigate, commanded by the distinguished Latouche Treville. A breeze springing up, the Hermione, whose masts and rigging were less crippled than those of the Iris, made sail and escaped. Captain J. Hawker afterwards commanded the Hero, 74, when Commodore Johnstone's squadron was attacked by a French fleet at Porto Praya in 1781, and the English Hero engaged the French line-of- battle ship of the same name, the flagship of M. de Suffrein. Captain J. Hawker accompanied Commodore Johnstone's squadron to the Cape, but was compelled by ill health to return to England, and died soon after his return. His son, Edward, the subject of this notice, was born on the 7th of November, 1782, was entered by H.R.H. Prince William Henry on board his ship, the Pegasus, 28. Mr. Hawker's name war subsequently upon the books of tbe Powerful, 74, commanded by his cousin, Captain O'Brien, and of the Impregnable, 98, Captain Sir T. Byard; and in 1793, at the early age of 10 years, he was a midshipman on board the Pegasus, 28, and then of the Swiftsure, 74, each commanded by his brother-in-law Captain (afterwards Admiral) Boyles. In May, 1794, tiie Swiftsure chased two French frigates, who separated, when she closed with them ; but after 36 hours' chase, and a running fight, she captured the largest of them, the Atalante, 38, commanded by VI. (afterwards Admiral) Linois. The Atalante had 10 men killed and about 30 wounded; the Swiftsure had one man killed and two or three wounded. In July, 1796, Mr. Hawker was made lieutenant, when only 13 years old, and with Captain Boyles ex- changed into the Raisonable, 64, and was employed on the Jamaica station for a year and a half, and then at the Cape of Good Hope for two years and a half, cruising and making some captures off the Isle of France. In 1799 Mr. Hawker was appointed lieutenant of the Spitfire, of 18 guns, commanded by his brother-in-law, Cap- tain Michael Seymour (afterwards Rear Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, Bart., K.C.B.) ; and, cruising off the coast of France, captured two large French privateers, the Heureuse Societe, of 18 guns, and the Heureux Courier, of 14 guns. In 1800 he was first lieutenant of the Garland, Captain Honeyman, M.P., cruising off the coast of France ; and in June, 1801, he became first lieutenant of the Thames, 32, cruising off Cadiz; and on the 21st of Sep- tember commanded her boats at the very spirited capture of a Spanish privateer carrying two 4 pounders, two brass swivels, and 31 men ; then engaged in the Mediterranean, and took the news of tho peace to Alexandria, and was paid off with the Thames. At the renewal of the war in 1803, Mr. Hawker was appointed to the command of the Swift, cutter, of 79 tons, eight 4-pounders, and 24 men ; and was sent out with despatches to Rear- Admiral Sir Samuel Hood off Martinique, and was after- wards sent to keep a look-out off the Diamond Rock. Observing two schooners in- a narrow harbour to the eastward, he attempted, with the help of a small English privateer, to cut them out, having observed that a fort at the entrance of tho harbour was not manned. Mr. Hawker succeeded in carrying off one schooner, but the other was aground, and whilst endeavouring to get her afloat the French came down in force, and Mr. Hawker was compelled to retreat through a very heavy fire, which, disabling one boat, three men of the Swift aud four belonging to the privateer were taken prisoners. Sir
Samuel Hood, in a private letter, spoke with high approbation of this dashing affair, of which Mr. Hawker had made no official report. On reaching Jamaica with his prize, Mr. Hawker was appointed first lieutenant of the Bellerophon, 74, Captain Goring ; and on the 29th of August, 1803, he was promoted to the command, first of the Port Mahon, brig, and then of the Mignonne, of 18 guns, on the Jamaica station. Whilst under his command, the Mignonne had one of her topmasts shivered, and three men killed by lightning. In June, 1807, Captain Hawker was made post captain into the Theseus, 74, bearing the flag of Admiral Dacres, and in company with the Hercule, 74. experienced a terrific hurricane, which lasted for three days, and in which the Theseus was totally dismasted, and kept afloat only by the most extraordinary exertions of officers and crew, and by throwing many of her guns overboard. From the Theseus, Captain Hawker was given the command of the Tartar, 32, and cruised for two years off the West Indies and coast of America, capturing L'Observateur, of 18 guns and 104 men, and many neutrals carrying enemy's property. In 1806, the Tartar being ordered home, in consequence of damage sustained in a hurricane, Captain Hawker exchanged into the Melampus. In her he convoyed a fleet of transports from Halifax to Barbadoes, and captured Le Colibri, of 16 guns and 92 men ; Le Bearnais, of 16 guns and 109 men ; and also cut out a felucca from Aguadilla. He then assisted at the re- duction of Guadaloupe, and after capturing La Fautome, letter of marque, of 20 guns, he re- turned to tho Halifax Station till 1812, when, the Melampus being paid off, Captain Hawker was appointed in March, 1813, to the com mand of the Bellerophon, 74, and in 1815 to the Salisbury, flagships of Vice-Admiral Sir Richard G. Keats, on the Newfoundland Station, and in the former captured Le Genie of 16 guns. In 1827 Captain Hawker was ap- pointed Flag-Captain to Admiral the Earl of Northesk, Commander-in-Chief at Plymouth, first in the Britannia, 120, and then in the St. Vincent, 120. In 1830 he went on half-pay, and attained Flag rank in 1837. In 1858 Admiral Hawker accepted the "good service" pension vacant by the death of Admiral Lord Aylier. Admiral Hawker married, first, Joanna, eldest daughter of George Poore, Esq., of the Grove, Newchurch, and Egypt, in the Isle of Wight ; and secondly, in 1843, Lady Williams, widow of Admiral Sir Thomas Williams, G.C.B. She died in 1858. By his first marriage Admiral Hawker leaves six sons and three daughters.
Army and Navy Gazette. June 16
14 August 1860 South Australian Register
Image courtesy of The Hawkers of Plymouth, Family Tree 2012
HAWKER, PETER (1786-1853), soldier and sporting writer, born 24 Dec. 1786, was son of Colonel Peter Ryves Hawker (d.1790) of Longparish, Hampshire, by Mary Wilson Yonge, who was of an Irish family. Like his father and many of his ancestors Hawker entered the army, his commission as cornet in the 1st royal dragoons dating from 1801. In 1803 he joined the 14th light dragoons, in which regiment he became captain the year following, and served with it in the Peninsular war. Being badly wounded at Talavera, he retired from active service in 1813, but by the recommendation of the Duke of Clarence he was made major (1815), and then lieutenant-colonel (1821) of the North Hampshire Militia. Hawker, a man of very varied ability, was a good musician as well as a keen sportsman. He composed much music, and in 1820 patented an im-provement in the construction of the piano-forte. At the Exhibition of 1851 some alte-rations in firearms which Hawker devised attracted attention, and he hoped in vain that they would be adopted by the war office. He died on 7 Aug. 1853. An engraving of a bust of Hawker is in his 'Instructions to Young Sportsmen' (11th ed.) He was twice married, and by his first wife, Julia, daughter of Hooker Bartellot, whom he married in 1811, he had a son, Peter William Lanoe Hawker, sometime a
lieutenant in the 74th regiment, and two daughters. Hawker's works comprise : 1. t Journal of a Regimental Officer during the recent Cam-paign in. Portugal and Spam; London, 1810, 8vo. 2. Instructions to Young Sportsmen in all that relates to Guns and Shooting,' London, 1814, 8vo. This work, by which Hawker became widely known, passed through many editions, and was amended and added. to from time to time the eleventh edition is dated 1859. 3. Abridgment of the New Game Laws, with Observations and Sug-gestions for their Improvement. Being an Appendix to the sixth edition of " Instruca tions to Young Sportsmen,:" London,. 1851, 8vo. 4. Instructions for best position on Pianoforte,' London, 4to. [Gent. Mag. 1853, pt. ii. p. 313 ; Army Lists, 1802-14; Burke's Hist of the Commoners, iii. 50 ; Wooderoft's Alphabetical List of Patentees ; Brit. Mus. Cat. ; London Cat.] W. A. X. A.
Edward married Johanna Naomi POORE  [MRIN: 506] on 10 Jul 1816 in St George Hanover Sq. (Johanna Naomi POORE  was born in 1800 and died in 1833 in Paris Ile-de-France France.)
Edward next married Lady WILLIAMS  [MRIN: 7835].