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Name:


Date Born:

Circa 1890

Birth Place:

United States of America

Date of Death:

14th June 1918

Fate:

Died of heart failure following malaria fever

Rank

Private

Regiment:

Unit: 2nd Battalion ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIERS – Died 14-06-1918

Service No:

24247

Duty Location:

France & Flanders

Buried:

War Graves Communal Cemetery Lumbres

Lumbres is a small town in Northern France, about 12 kilometres south-west of St Omer.

Historical Information: Lumbres Communal Cemetery contains five Commonwealth burials of the First World War, two of them unidentified, and one Second World War burial



Medals:











1914/15 Star

Leslie Edward Watkins  was was awarded the 1914/15 star campaign medal of the British Empire for his service in World War One.

This Star is identical to the 1914 Star in every respect except that the centre scroll bears the dates “1914- 15” and the two small scrolls bearing “Aug” and “Nov” are omitted.

British War Medal and Victory Medal

He would also have received the British War Medal and Victory Medal, as it was not awarded singularly. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. With Pip representing either this medal or the 1914 Star, only one of which could be awarded to a soldier, Squeak represented the British War Medal and Wilfred represented the Victory Medal.

Eligibility for the Victory Medal 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.

The Victory (Medal British Empire campaign medal) was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

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

Parents:

Son of Emanuel (1860 - 1939) and Alma Watkins  (1871 - 1926) of Horse Shoe Farm, Brinkmarsh Lane, Falfield Glos.

Military Information:

2nd Battalion
04.08.1914 Stationed at Gravesend as part of the 10th Brigade of the 4th Division and then moved to Harrow.
22.08.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1914
The Battle of Le Cateau, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battle of Messines 1914.
1915
The Second Battle of Ypres.
1916
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Le Transloy.
15.11.1916 Transferred to the 48th Brigade of the 16th Division;
1917
The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Langemark.
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Rosieres.
10.02.1918 Absorbed 10 officers and 200 men of the 8/9th Battalion.
14.04.1918 Amalgamated with the 2nd Battalion at Clety south of St. Omer.
19.04.1918 Reduced to cadre and surplus personnel transferred to the 1st Battalion.
01.06.1918 Attached to the 94th Brigade of the 31st Division.
06.06.1918 Reconstituted with surplus men from the 7th Battalion.
16.06.1918 Moved to defend the Lines of communication.
15.07.1918 Transferred to the 149th brigade of the 50th Division;
The Battle of the St Quentin Canal, The Battle of the Beaurevoir Line, The Battle of Cambrai 1918, The pursuit to the Selle, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of Valenciennes.
11.11.1918 Ended the war near Dourlers north of Avesnes, France


Other Information

Leonard was born in the United States of America along with his younger brother Harry and sister Mildred. He had two further brothers Leonard and Percy who were both born in Falfield. Mildred, Leonard and Percy were baptised in St George’s Church, Falfield

The parents of Leslie Watkins are buried in St George’s churchyard along with his sister Mildred Eliza (1897 - 1916) and brother Percy Mitchell William (1905 - 1925)

Credits: St George’s Church Baptism and Burial Records, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ancestry website, forces-war-records.co.uk.

If anyone believes that any of the information above is incorrect or has information to add to Leslie Edward Watkins then please email webmaster@falfield.org.uk

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British War Medal

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1914-15 Star

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