Dr. Benjamin Elmore Hawke – wanted for murder, survives ship sinking and serves in WW1 for Britain

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BENJAMIN E. HAWKE, M.D., Stratford, Ont., was born on the 13th of April, 1866, at Hawkesville, Ont., the place being named after his father. He received his education at the Hawkesville public school and Berlin High School, where he obtained a second-class teacher’s certificate. He then entered Trinity College, Toronto, and commenced his medical training. In 1887 he graduated M.D., C.M., taking honors all through his course. After graduating he entered the hospitals of New York to further perfect himself in his profession. After this he commenced to practice at Wellesley, where he built up a large business, which he subsequently sold out, and then spent some months travelling through the Western States. Returning to Ontario in 1889, he settled at Stratford, where he enjoys the confidence of the people and has a growing practice. Dr. Hawke is an adherent of the Methodist Church, is a member of the I.O.O.F., C.O.F., A.O.U.W., K.O.T.M., Select Knights and other societies. He is examining physician for each of these societies, and examiner for the Dominion Life, Ontario Mutual, Sun Life, London and Lancashire and other life assurance companies.

The Canadian Album – Men of Canada or Success by Example (Brantford, Ontario, Canada: Bradley Garretson & Co., 1891)

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Australia Police Gazette May 1912

Australia Police Gazette May 1912

The President declared the report and resolution unanimously adopted.
Dr. Griffin then presented the report of the Discipline Committee re Benjamin E. Hawke as follows :
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Discipline Committee., Dominion of Canada, Province of Ontario, County of York,
To Wit:

In the matter of an enquiry directed to be held by the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario before the Discipline Committee of the said Council to enquire into the case of Benjamin E. Hawke, a registered medical practitioner, registered under the Ontario Medical Act, and alleged to be liable to have his name erased from the Register of the said College by reason of infamous or disgraceful conduct in a professional respect.
To the President and Members of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario :
Gentlemen,—The undersigned Committee duly appointed by by-law for the purposes of section 35, of the Ontario Medical Act. were duly appointed by the Council on the 4th day of July, 1912, and were directed to enquire into and ascertain the facts of the case of the said Benjamin E. Hawke, a duly registered medical practitioner, alleged to be liable to have his name erased from the register for infamous or disgraceful conduct in a professional respect.

Notice of the charges which formed the subject matter of the enquiry and of the time and place appointed to hear the evidence in support of the said charges, viz., at the Registration Office of the said College on the 29th of April, 1913, at 2 o’clock p.m., was duly served upon the said Benjamin E. Hawke, by registered letter in accordance with the provisions of 10 Edward, VII, Chap. 77, Section 3, and a copy of such notice is hereto appended as Schedule “A.” Your Committee duly met in pursuance of such notice at the Registration Office in the College Building, 170 University Avenue, Toronto, at the hour of 2 o’clock in the afternoon, when the said Benjamin E. Hawke failed to appear, nor did anyone appear on his ‘behalf. The Committee thereupon proceeded with the enquiry in the absence of the said Benjamin E. Hawke, and after hearing the evidence and after consideration and discussion of the evidence, determined as follows:

(1) That the said Benjamin E. Hawke performed an illegal operation upon Esther Davidge, formerly of Toronto, at his house in Wellesley Street, in the said City of Toronto during the month of February, 1912.

(2) That the purpose of the said operation was to procure an abortion.

(3) That as a result of the said operation the said Esther Davidge did abort and subsequently died.

(4) That on the first day of March, 1912, an information was laid charging the said Benjamin E. Hawke “with intent to procure the miscarriage of one Mrs. William Davidge, did unlawfully use on her an instrument or other means with the like intent.”

(5) That the said charge was not proceeded with by reason of the fact that the said Benjamin E. Hawke fled from the city to avoid prosecution, and that he is at the present time and has been since the date of the information a fugitive from justice. Your Committee therefore reports that the charges against the said Benjamin E. Hawke has been substantially proved as stated in the said notice.

Dated at Toronto the 29th day of April, 1913.
H. Griffin,
Chairman.
A. E. MacColl,
J. MacArthur.
Dr. Griffin then read the following resolution:

That whereas the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on the 3rd day of July, A.D. 1913, made their report to the Council of the said College of the facts of the case of Benjamin E. Hawke, a registered medical practitioner, alleged to have been guilty of infamous and disgraceful conduct in a professional respect, and to be therefore liable to have his name erased from the register of the said College; Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the said report of the said Discipline Committee be and the same is hereby received and adopted.
And be it further Resolved, That the acts and conduct of the said Benjamin E. Hawke, ascertained by the said Discipline Committee and stated in the said report, constitute infamous and disgraceful conduct in a professional respect, and that the said Benjamin E. Hawke is therefore liable to have his name erased from the said register.
And it is further Resolved, That the name of the said Benjamin E. Hawke be forthwith erased from the register kept by the Registrar of the said College pursuant to the provisions of the Ontario Medical Act, and that the Registrar be and he is hereby directed to erase from the said Register the name of the said Benjamin E. Hawke.
And it is further directed, under the provisions of the Ontario Medical Act, that the costs of and incidental to the said erasure and of and incidental to the said enquiry by the said Committee be paid to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario forthwith after taxation thereof by one of the taxing officers of the High Court of Justice of Ontario, and the Registrar of the said College is hereby directed after such taxation to obtain the issue of such execution or executions as may be necessary for the collection of such costs by the said College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Dated at Toronto this 3rd day of July, A.D. 1913. Dr. Griffin moved, seconded by Dr. MacColl, that the name of’ Benjamin E. Hawke, in accordance with the foregoing resolution, be erased from the Reggister.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Announcements 1913-1914

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BENJAMIN ELMORE HAWKE, M.D., of No. 21 Wellesley street, Toronto, is one of the well-established physicians of that city, and one whose professional preparation has been unusually complete, a fact which, in connection with his agreeable personality and close attention to his work, accounts fully for the success which he has attained. The Hawke family was originally of English extraction, but migrated to the New World before the American Revolution and settled in Pennsylvania. In 1811 Benjamin Hawke, grandfather of the Doctor, left the United States, and coming to Canada located in County York, on Yonge street, about twenty miles from Toronto, then called York. lie had charge of building the Yonge street road, through what is now known as Hogg’s Hollow. About 1855 he moved with his family to County Waterloo, Wellesley township, where he settled on a farm and remained until his death, in 1866, at the age of eighty-four years. Hawkesville, in the County of Waterloo, was named for the family, some of whom were its first settlers. They were prominent men in their localities, and in the first council for the township of Wellesley there were four members of the name of Hawke. Benjamin Hawke married Miss Mary Lount, an aunt of the late Judge William Lount. so well known in Ontario. Mrs. Hawke was born in Pennsylvania and died in Welllesley.
William Hawke, son of Benjamin, was born in County York, in the Yonge street home, in 1828. He was a farmer and stock raiser by occupation and became one of the prominent men of his locality. His death occurred in 1889, in the Toronto General Hospital, as the result of an operation, an event the more to be deplored as he was but just past the very prime of life. Mr. Hawke was twice married. His first wife was Miss Jane Monkman, who belonged to one of the old families of County York, and by this union there were four children, namely: Erastus, an implement dealer; Lavinia, wife of Pierce Petch: Rachel, wife of David Harrow; and Edgar, Melfort, Sask. By his second marriage Mr. Hawke was united to Miss Isabella Harrow, who was bom in Scotland in 1841, daughter of William and Jane Harrow. The Harrow family came to Canada when Mrs. Hawke was nine years old, and settled in County Waterloo on a farm, where her father died later. To Benjamin and Isabella Hawke ten children were bom, as follows: George, of Aurora; Albert, a physician in Galt; Henry; Benjamin E.; Calvin; Janet, wife of Rev. A. J. Johnston; Frank; Agnes, residing in Galt; Harvey and Walter, also off Galt.
Dr. Benjamin E. Hawke was born in Wellesley in 1866. His general education was received in the Berlin schools, after which he entered upon the study of medicine in Trinity Medical College, of Toronto, from which he graduated in 1887. As he was desirous of still further study along his chosen lines Dr. Hawke then proceeded to New York City, where he entered the New York Polyclinic and Post-Graduate School, from which institution, a year later, he received a degree also. Thus equipped for his profession, he returned to his native township and began practising in the village of Wellesley. After two years he removed to Stratford, where he was located for ten years, and then in 1901 settled in Toronto, where he quickly built up a good practice. Dr. Hawke was married in 1893, to Miss Mayme Trow, daughter of the late Hon. James Trow, of Stratford, who was for twenty-five years a member of the Dominion Parliament. In political faith Dr. Hawke is a Reformer, while fraternally he belongs to the MMasons.

The Hawke family are very proud of their descent and carefully cherish certain heirlooms in their possession. Dr. Hawke’s mother, who now resides in Galt, is very proud of a chair which Benjamin Hawke brought with him to Canada in 1811, while another valued article is the seat from the first carriage in Toronto; this seat Mrs. Hawke has had upholstered and placed in a corner of her sitting-room in Galt. The Doctor esteems very highly a pair of old- fashioned tongs made by Samuel Lount, a blacksmith at Holland’s Landing, and who was hanged in Toronto in the year 1838 for participating in the rebellion of 1837-38. Samuel Lount was a brother of the Doctor’s grandmother.

Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario : Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Many of the Early Settled Families. 1907

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Benjamin was educated at Trinity College, Toronto, where he qualified M.D., C.M. in 1887. He gained a commission as temporary Captain in the R.A.M.C. in February 1917 and was a passenger on S. S. Laconia when it was torpedoed on 25th February 1917 at 9.30 p.m. Benjamin survived and was picked up the next morning at daylight. He served for 3 years in England in the Manor War Hospital, Epsom; the Croydon War Hospital, and the Queen’s Face and Jaw Hospital, Sidcup.

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