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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
Two casualties of the Great War from one Worksop family were Herbert Watkins born 1887 in Worksop and his brother, Bernard, born 1894 in Worksop. Their parents, John Watkins and Annie Marie Day, were married in Worksop in 1869. They lived most of their married lives at Netherton Road, Worksop where another six children were born to them, they being Henry born 1873, Albert in 1876, Mary 1878, Edith 1881, George Arthur 1885, and Annie Marie born in 1890. John Watkins had been a letter carrier for over 20 years and in 1911 he was still working, recorded as a pensioned postman at the age of 69. Herbert had taken up watchmaking as a profession.
08 Oct 1917
23
506852 - CWGC Website
372677
Rifleman
8th (Post Office Rifles) Bn London Regiment
Rifleman Bernard Watkins Worksop Guardian 19 October 1917 Mr. and Mrs. John Watkins, of Netherton Road, Worksop, has lost another son in the War. A fortnight ago we reported the death of Rifleman H. Watkins, and that, his brother, Rifleman A Watkins, had also been wounded. Now, alas! comes the news that their son, Bernard, of the Post Office Rifles, has also died of wounds received in action, accelerated by shell shock. He was badly wounded in the abdomen, and though all that was possible was done for him, death resulted in hospital in France. At the time of enlisting he was employed in the Post Office at Burton-on Trent. Much sympathy is expressed with his parents in their double bereavement. We hope to give Rifleman Watkins portrait in our next issue.
Commemorated on the Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
    Bernard Watkins - photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.