Born: 1895, Ipswich

Died: 23rd December 1918; age 22; Died of Wounds.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 308249

Regiment: Royal Tank Corps, 1st Battalion.

Formerly 12040, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Wavans British Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,





1901   5, Dove Yard, Ipswich.


James was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Henry Watkins, 44, a Town’s Sanitary Labourer – Drains, born Monmouthshire, Wales.

Louisa Watkins (nee Stanton), 37, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Bessie Watkins, 14, a Corset – Stay Maker, born Ipswich.

Fanny Watkins, 10, born Ipswich.

John C. Watkins, 7, born Ipswich.

Louisa Watkins, 1, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.


1911   5, Dove Yard, Ipswich.


James was 15 years old & living with his parents.

Henry, 56, a Sanitary Labourer – Borough Council.

Louisa, 47.

Louisa, 11.

Rose Watkins, 9, born Ipswich.

Violet Watkins, 6, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Louisa Watkins – mother.


Royal Tank Corps, 1st Battalion



One Comment

  • My great uncle. My grandmother was his sister Louisa. I have been to France to visit his grave. He originally enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment and later transferred into the Tank Corps.


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