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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Nottingham
Bernard Lewis Watkin was the son of William Watkin and Annie Jemima Dexter who married in the Shardlow registration district in 1876. His parents had eight children: Edith (b.1876), Lionel (b.1880), Arthur Lewin (b.1878), Herbert (b.1883), Minnie (b.1887/d.1906), Sidney William (1890), Stella (b.1891) and Bernard Lewis (b.1895). The Watkin family lived at: 23 Church Lane Lincoln, Lincolnshire [C.1881]; 418 Berridge Road, Hyson Green [C.1891]; 29 Great Freeman Street, St Ann’s [C.1901]; 19 Stoneleigh Terrace, All Saint’s Parish, Nottingham [C.1911]. In 1902, William Watkin, who was employed as a painter and decorator [C.1891], died at Nottingham, aged 56, in 1902. The address given for Annie Watkin in the Army records was 46 Lambert Street, Radford [1915 & 1916]. A post-war address was given for Annie Watkin, in her older son Herbert Watkin’s CWGC entry, of 18 Bennet Grove, Coppice Road, Mapperley. What subsequently happened to her is unclear.
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01 Jul 1916
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197151 - CWGC Website
3786
Private
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted in the 7th [Reserve] Bn. Sherwood Foresters on 10 February 1915; transferred from the 3rd/7th Bn. to the 1st/7th Bn. Sherwood Foresters on 3 March 1916 when he was sent to France; killed in action on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme 1 July 1916; buried at the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
CWGC grave has two other interments: 5448 Private EE Fewtrell N. Staffordshire Regt. 1st July 1916 Age 41 and 8173 Priavte C Purcell (-) Regt. 1st July 1916. His brother, Private Herbert Watkin, of the 1st/7th Bn. Sherwood Foresters was also killed in action at the Somme on 1 July 1916. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 1 July 1919: ‘Watkin. In affectionate remembrance of Bernard L Watkin, killed in action July 1st 1916. Faithful unto death. Martha.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Bernard Lewis Watkin - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle