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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Fortieth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 10th, 1909.

 p153  William Henry Hawes
No. 4422. Class of 1905.
Died April 4, 1909, at Towanda, Pa., aged 28.

William Henry Hawes, eldest son of the late William H. Hawes, died Sunday afternoon, April 4, about two o'clock in his room at the New Park hotel. Death was due to an apoplectic stroke caused by the bursting of a blood-vessel at the base of the brain.

Lieutenant Hawes was born August 28, 1881, at Monroeton, Penn. As a boy he attended the public schools of Towanda, Penn.

He was appointed to West Point from Pennsylvania, June 19, 1900, and graduating June 13, 1905, was promoted to Second Lieutenant Fourth Infantry. At the expiration of his graduating leave, he joined his regiment at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., September 20, 1905. From October 15 to November 15 he was on general recruiting service at Sacramento, Cal. Then again at the Presidio till March 1, 1906, when he went to Columbus Barracks, Ohio, till August 1, when he was ordered to Fort Sheridan, Ill. While at this post Lieutenant Hawes became seriously ill with spinal meningitis and was sent to Washington, D. C., for treatment.

He was retired September 21, 1908, for disability in the line of duty and then went to his old home, where he died.

Deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. Catherine B. Hawes, and one brother, Lawrence B. Hawes, of Jennings, Maryland.

Secretary of the Association.

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