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Kirk Eric


Born 12th November 1894 Hobart Tasmania to William Henry and Elizabeth Kirk (nee Hawkesford) a grocer from Battery Point he embarked Hobart 20th October 1914 on board “HMAT Geelong” with the 12th Infantry Battalion.

He was wounded in action on the Gallipoli Peninsula and died at sea 26th April 1914 on board the hospital ship “Lutzow”.  He is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Private Eric Kirk who died of wounds received at the Dandanelles on June 4th was the son of Mr and Mrs W H and Elizabeth Kirk of De Witt Street Battery Point.  He served his time as a grocer with Messrs Miller Bros leaving them to take over his parent’s grocery business at Battery Point. When the call to arms came he was one of the first to enlist.  He was a grandson of the late Rev John Hawkesford one of the pioneers of the Wesleyan Church in Hobart and also a grandson of Mr Chas Kirk (manager of the Poverty Bay Sash, Door and Timber Co Gisborne New Zealand.  The deceased’s brother Roy Kirk is at the front and seven other relations there or on the way.

The Weekly Courier 1st July 1915














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