James H. I. Hankin.
Lieut. James H.
I. Hankins of the Hunts. Cyclist
Battalion, it is officially notified is seconded for service with Army
Lt. [temp Capt.] J. H. I. Hankin to be Captain. - He was one of a small number of officers from the H C B that received a promotion as reported in the London Gazette.
From Battalion records = 21/5/1915 Lieut. James H. I. Hankin of the Hunts. Cyclist Battalion, it is officially notified is seconded for service with Army Cyclist Corps.
Family details thanks to Jonathan David Bobaljik - Who advises that he came from St. Ives, where he was born about 1888, the son of Mr and Mrs. H. I. Hankin. His Hankin line (his mother's maiden name was Hankin) goes back to James Hankin (1767-1848) who moved to Cambridge by 1797. J. H. I. Hankin was the oldest (only) son of the only son of the oldest son of the oldest son of the "original" James Hankin. The first J. H. was a stationer (among other trades), and the oldest sons were printers and stationers down to Herbert Ingle Hankin (father of J. H. I.). Herbert Ingle Hankin appears to have been well to do. The family firm was J G Hankin & son and by then "Printers, Stationers, Publishers & Newsagents" and the store (at the Pavement, St. Ives) included a circulating library. Herbert Ingle Hankin was Mayor of St. Ives, 1898-1900, and appears in early directories with a variety of offices. by 1898, the family had a private residence "The Firs" on Needingworth Road, and no longer lived at the shop. J.H.I. Hankin represents the only male branch of the family that I've been able to trace that remained in England, and his descendants (and those of his sister Gladys) if any, would also be our closest relatives there. Contact between the Canadian and English branches left off some generations ago, the last traceable contact I know of being money left by my gr-gr-grandfather (who followed his sons to Canada) to a "Mrs. Hankin" in Fenstanton, who I believe is Emma Louisa Hankin (née Wadsworth), the mother of J. H. I. Hankin.
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