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Herbert Ernest WATKINS

Regimental number1846
Place of birthBarnsbury, London, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTramtray Stores, Scott Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 8"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, T Watkins, Brock Cottage, East Barnett, Herts, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt Herbert Earnest Watkins on NR
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VII, Row C, Grave 13), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas Francis and Charlotte WATKINS.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Gallipoli, 26 May 1915.

Sent to Field Ambulance, 11 July 1915; rejoined unit, 18 July 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 9general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted Lance Corporal, Tel el Kebir, 23 January 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 1 March 1916; promotion to Corporal made substantive, 1 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2870308: 'No trace Germany. Cert by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 4463 Pte A.J. COUSINS, C Company, 54th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 5 March 1917: 'I saw him killed instantly and died at the same time as A.I. Higgins 4176 going over the top. He was in my section and was in Gallipoli.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WATKINS Herbert Ernest
Red Cross file 2870308

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