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  • This photo was originally published in the Retford Times following the death of John Algernon Watkin
Person Details
12 Jan 1896
Bole
John was born at Bole on 12th January 1896 and was the son of John a sub postmaster and Mary Harriet Watkin.(nee Hiles) In the 1911 census he and his family are living at the Post Office in Bole where his father is the sub postmaster and has a further occupation as iron turner. John is 15 years of age and is working as a day lad on a local farm, he has three siblings.
13 Oct 1915
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Private
1/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
John enlisted at Gainsborough into the 1/5th battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, he went to France on the 1st March 1915 and was killed in action on 13th October 1915 during the capture of the Hohenzollern Redoubt in the battle of Loos. His body was never recovered and identified but his name is commemorated on the Loos memorial
Pte J A Watkin Retford Times 4 Feb 1916 A very impressive memorial service was held on Sunday Jan 23rd at St Martins Church, Bole for the late Pte J A Watkin, 5th Lincolns, son of Mr and Mrs Watkin, Post Office, Bole, Gainsborough, who was killed in action on October 13th 1915. On very rare occasions has the church been filled as it was then, not only by the villagers, but many from Gainsborough and surrounding villages attended to honour the brave young soldier, who was well known and greatly loved by all with whom he came in contact. The vicar (the Rev G Bird) preached an eloquent sermon on patriotism, taking for the text, “Greater Love,” etc (John xv 13), Hymns 254, 221 and 400 were sang. Mrs Watkin has received a very sympathetic letter from Sgt Smith who was wounded in the charge. He says “The last I saw of your boy was just after the charge, when he was whistling and singing as usual. He was brave, unselfish and fearless almost to a fault. I owe much to him if only for his cheery spirit and had grown to love the lad as a brother. No man had had a truer pal, nor the King a braver soldier and it should be a consolation to you that he went to his end a brave British soldier. The deceased soldier enlisted in September 1914 and went to France the following February with the North Midland Brigade. He was reported as ‘missing’ after the charge of the Hohenzollern Redoubt. He was 19 years of age and had not been home since Christmas 1914. His father is a Corporal in the R A M C.
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  • This photo was originally published in the Retford Times following the death of John Algernon Watkin
    John Algernon Watkin - This photo was originally published in the Retford Times following the death of John Algernon Watkin