|Place of birth||Barnsbury, London, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Tramtray Stores, Scott Street, Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||39|
|Next of kin||Father, T Watkins, Brock Cottage, East Barnett, Herts, England|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||2nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/19/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||54th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)||*Spelt Herbert Earnest Watkins on NR|
|Place of burial||Ration 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|
|Parents: Thomas Francis and Charlotte WATKINS.|
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
|Sources||NAA: B2455, WATKINS Herbert Ernest
Red Cross file 2870308