18th December 1859
Harry Hawkes was born on 18th December 1859. Despite originally wanting to be an auctioneer, he carried on his father's business as a butcher at 116 High Street. He had a great interest in horses and served in the Warwickshire Yeomanry for 12 years. Through the years he was High Bailiff, a J.P., a bell-ringer, a member of the School Managers Board, Hospital Committee, Charities Committee, Fire Brigade and Horse Show Committee. In 1949 he was given the 'freedom' of Henley by becoming an Honorary Burgess. He died in the same house on the High Street that he lived his entire life on 14th June 1952 aged 92.
(Harry Hawkes (far right), The original White Swan Bowling Green in 1891)