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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian.
Courtesy of Robert Illett
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
George Lancelot Watkin was born in Worksop in 1897 to George Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Watkin. He was their second child and only son. His sisters were Lilian Ada Watkin born 1896,, Beatrice Elizabeth born 1899, Hilda Annie in 1903 and Sarah May born 1908. George Thomas was left a widower in 1908 as his wife died at the age of 43. In 1911 George Thomas was working as a house painter and Lancelot as a ‘sorter’ in the colliery with the family living at 7 Garside Street in Worksop
20 Jun 1917
913120 - CWGC Website
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte. Lancelot F. Watkin Worksop Guardian 29 June 1917 To the already long list of Worksop men who died doing their duty for King and Country, the names of several gallant soldiers must be added. This week news has come of the death in action of Pte. Lancelot F. Watkin, Sherwood Foresters, only son of Mr. J. T. Watkin, Garside Street, Worksop. The deceased lad was only 20 years of age last February, and worked as a miner at Manton before the war, but joined up at the outbreak, when he was little more than 17. He enlisted in the York. And Lancs. Regiment, but was afterwards transferred to the Sherwood Foresters. He had been to France on two occasions, the first time he contacted trench foot and was sent home for treatment. Going out again he took part in the great advance in the early spring, and in fact may be said to have had a share in the fighting this year. On Saturday afternoon, his father received a letter from Second – Lieut. F. Holland, informing him of the poor lad’s death in action. Lieut. Holland pays him a very high tribute. He had, he said, done his work like a soldier and that he was killed as they were leaving the trenches. He was a fine lad and did his work well and with a willing spirit, and they would all miss him,- Lieut. Holland adds that Watkin was quite conscious at the end and met his death bravely. Pte. Watkins stepbrother, Q-M-S. Dilks, who was a reservist at the time war broke out, also writes home conveying the sad information, and say he was killed on June 20th. He was sent for, he says, that morning, and was told that Lance had been killed by a shell. He was almost heartbroken and sent for the Corporal who was with him. A fellow with Lance had his head blown off, and Lance, whose injuries were rather extensive, expired in a few seconds. All that was possible was done for him. His lasts words were “Don’t leave me” and the fellows stayed up to the last and buried him. Young Watkin was a very nice well-behaved lad, and liked by all who knew him. Sincere sympathy is expressed with his father, who is a widower, and his sisters in their bereavement
CWG additional information:- Son of George Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Watkin, of 93, Low Town St., Worksop. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian.
Courtesy of Robert Illett
    Lancelot F Watkin - Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian. Courtesy of Robert Illett