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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 watch making as a profession.
24 Sep 1917
46312 - CWGC Website
24th (The Queens) Bn London Regiment
Rifleman Herbert Watkins Worksop Guardian 5 October 1917 The sad news of the death of Rifleman Herbert Watkins, of the City of London Regiment, has been received by Mr. and Mrs. John Watkins, who reside at Gladstone Villa, Netherton Road, Worksop. The report, which is official, is to the effect that he died of wounds, effects of gas, and pneumonia, in the Third Canadian Hospital, Boulogne, on September 24th. Deceased served his apprenticeship to the watchmaker trade with Mr. A Wheeler, watchmaker, Bridge Street, and had been in France 16 months. He enlisted from Leicester, where he had been residing about two years ago. He was well known in Worksop, where, like the other members of his family, he was held in high respect. Unfortunately, no portrait of him is available. His two brothers’, both of whom are at present wounded and in Hospital. One, Rifleman Arthur G. Watkins, was wounded on August 12th, and he is in the 11th Harward U. S. A. General Hospital, France. He was severely wounded in the arm, shoulder, thigh and chest. Prior to joining the forces, he lived at Leicester, where he was in the employ of the G. P. O. He has six children. When in Worksop as a lad, he was employed as a telegraph boy, and, later, as postman. The other brother is Rifleman Bernard Watkins, who is suffering from shell shock. He also is in hospital in France. Both he and his brother, Arthur, are in the Post Office Rifles. Rifleman B. Watkins joined the Army from Burton-on-Trent about the same time as his brother. They found each other at the training camp, and went through their course of instructions together. They went to France together, and were wounded at nearly the same time. Mr. and Mrs. John Watkins are old Worksopians, Mr. Watkins being a retired postman, having been in the service of the G.P.O. for 36 years. They have another son, John William Watkins, who is fighting in France. The latter’s son is a telegraphist in the Signalling Co.
CWG additional information:- Son of John, and Annie Maria Watkins, of Gladstone Villa, Netherton Rd., Worksop, Notts. Commemorated on the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. Research by Colin Dannatt
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