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Francis Edwin Watkins                       York & Lancaster Regiment

Surname Watkins
Forename/s Francis Edwin
Rank Lance-Sergeant
Service Number 12/548
DOB 1884 at Boughton on the Water, Cheltenham
Address 62, Station Road, Hepthorne Lane.
Date & place of death/details 1/7/1916 Aged 32
Killed in action.
Regiment & Unit 12th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment
Service details Egypt, France & Flanders.
Military Awards? Military Medal
Married?               Children? Husband of Mabel Hannah Watkins. (nee Atrill)
2 girls in 1911 (Mabel Edith & Mary Gregory).
Any photographs?  
Derbyshire Times Obituary 22/7/1916 (page 4)
Wakins Obituary
Parents names Mr John & Mrs Olive Watkins.
Parents address 286, Rookery Road, Birmingham (Olive in 1914)
Grave location or   memoria location No grave.
Thiepval memorial, pier & face 14A & 14B.
Living relatives?  
Any other information? Enlisted 14 September 1914.
Promoted Lance Corporal on 11 October 1915, Corporal on 14 June 1916 and Acting Sergeant on 18 June 1916.
Pre war occupation was with the Midland Railway Company, working at Sheffield.
Also remembered on the North Wingfield Memorial.

Campaign Medals:
Victory Medal

Victory Medal
Given the information available it is likely that Francis Edwin Watkins was entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal. This medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star and, with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
British War Medal

British War Medal
From the information available, it is very possible that Francis Edwin Watkins was entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One. This British Empire campaign medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.