Leonard Arthur Hawes
Born(1892-07-22)22 July 1892
Throcking, Hertfordshire, England
Died7 August 1986(1986-08-07) (aged 94)
Petersfield, Hampshire, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1912−1945
Service number4767
UnitRoyal Artillery
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Other workDeputy Lieutenant for West Sussex

Major-General Leonard Arthur Hawes CBE DSO MC DL (22 July 1892 − 7 August 1986) was a senior officer in the British Army who was responsible for preparing the transport to France of the British Expeditionary Force at the outbreak of World War II.[1][2]


Leonard Arthur Hawes was born on 22 July 1892 in Throcking, Hertfordshire. He was educated at Bedford Modern School[3] and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[1]

Hawes served in World War I during which he was wounded, mentioned in despatches, made CBE and awarded the DSO, the MC and the Order of the Crown of Italy.[1][4] Attending the Staff College, Camberley from 1925 to 1926, he served as a Major-General during World War II.[1][5][6]

Hawes was made a Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex in 1977 where he died on 7 August 1986.[1] His private papers, including an unpublished autobiography, are held at the Imperial War Museum.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Hawes, Maj.-Gen. Leonard Arthur, (22 July 1892–7 Aug. 1986), DL; Royal Artillery". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U165113. ISBN 978-0-19-954089-1.
  2. ^ Alexander, Martin S. (13 November 2003). The Republic in Danger. Google.co.uk. ISBN 9780521524292. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  3. ^ Eagle News, Obituary in The Magazine of Old Bedford Modernians, Number 54, January 1987
  4. ^ Montgomery, Brian (22 November 2010). A Field Marshal in the Family. ISBN 9781848844254. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ "2648 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE" (PDF). Thegazette.co.uk. 9 May 1941. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  6. ^ Bond, Brian; Taylor, Michael (25 October 2001). The Battle for France & Flanders. ISBN 9781473812192. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Private Papers Major General L Hawes CBE DSO MC DL (Documents.1576)". Imperial War Museums. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  8. ^ "National Portrait Gallery - Person - Leonard Arthur Hawes". npg.org.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2015.

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