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Edgar Bruce WATKINS

Regimental number6105
Place of birthDawson, South Australia
SchoolPublic school, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressLilydale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinMother, J Watkins, Oodla Wirra, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Place of enlistmentPetersburg, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 22 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialThe Huts Cemetery (Plot V, Row D, Grave No 9), Dickebusch, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
61
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Janet WATKINS
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 62185 Pte Ewart Archie WATKINS, 43rd Bn, returned to Australia, 2 January 1919; 2077 Driver Stanley WATKINS, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 16 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 12 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 September 1916..

Marched in to 3rd Training Bn, Durrington, 16 December 1916, from Delhi Hospital.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916; joined 10th Bn, in the field, 27 January 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 19 May 1917.

On Command, Pigeon Flying School, 11 July 1917; rejoined unit, 18 July 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 21 September 1917 (shrapnel wound, shoulder); transferred same day to 1st Australian Field Ambulance; died of wounds, 22 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WATKINS Edgar Bruce

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