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  • 12656 Private Herbert E Watkins was killed in action on 21 August 1915 near Hetman Chair and has no known grave. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
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Newark on Trent
21 Aug 1915
684064 - CWGC Website
12656
Private
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Herbert E Watkins, enlisted in Chesterfield whilst residing at Leeds, he served with the 9th battalion Sherwood Foresters and went with the battalion to Gallipoli on 6th September 1915. The battalion attacked at 3 pm on 21st August 1915 to take advantage of the low sun blinding the Turks. Instead a mist enveloped the area and the enemy trenches could not be seen. The Commander in Chief wanted a postponement of 24 hours but this did not take place. Colonel Scothern stated ' After a slight bombardment, an advance was made across the open (ground), south of Salt Lake towards Hetman Chair in artillery formation' The 7 officers and 300 other ranks left in the battalion were ordered to advance and take the communication trench at all costs and again Scothern stated ' The orders as far as can be ascertained, were to half left form on passing the original trenches dug near the orchard in the vicinity of Hetman Chair' What was left of the battalion was further decimated and Herbert was one of the men killed. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. John Morse
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  • 12656 Private Herbert E Watkins was killed in action on 21 August 1915 near Hetman Chair and has no known grave. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
    Herbert Watkins name on Memorial - 12656 Private Herbert E Watkins was killed in action on 21 August 1915 near Hetman Chair and has no known grave. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse