According to his WWI Draft Registration, Roger Hankins was born in Southport, Brunswick County, NC. His registration shows he was working as a fisherman for Captain Tom Lewis in Southport.
Roger’s actual name may be Rogers or Rodgers. All three spellings are used in various documents. It’s not unusual to have various spellings on historical documents. The military referred to him as Rogers.
A Roger Hankins is listed in a 1905 volume which lists officers and employees in civil, military, and naval service (shown below). If Roger’s birth year of 1887 is correct, he would have been 18 years old at the time, which seems plausible. The list shows he was paid as a waiter for the work dredging Cape Fear. While there doesn’t appear to be another Roger Hankins in Brunswick County who qualifies, verification that this was the WWI veteran Roger Hankins cannot be made.
Another Roger Hankins found in census records can be eliminated because he would have been 2 years old in 1905.
Source: Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census. Official Register of the United States, Containing a List of the Officers and Employees in the Civil, Military, and Naval Service. Digitized books (77 volumes). Oregon State Library, Salem, Oregon.
Roger was ordered to report for duty on August 22, 1918. Pvt Hankins served in the 346th Service Battalion, serving overseas from September 30, 1918, until July 4, 1919. When he sailed for France on George Washington, he listed Mrs. Agnes Wornett as his next of kin (sister).
Pvt Hankins was promoted to private first class on April 1, 1919. He was honorably discharged on July 16, 1919. He returned to Southport. In 1920, he was living there with his sister Agnes and her family.
Roger Hankins passed away on March 6, 1924, in Southport, NC, recorded as 38 years old. The cause was listed as stomach cancer. His death certificate indicates he was laid to rest in Southport. The cemetery is not identified. It seems likely he lies in an unmarked grave in John N. Smith Cemetery in Southport.
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