Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Pioneer Frederick Watkins
317th Construction Coy, Royal Engineers
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Frederick Watkins was born in 1875 in Coleshill. The son of William and Ann Watkins, Frederick lived at 167, 123, 129 Coventry Road, Coleshill with his family before getting married on 20 October 1906. He lived with his wife, Florence, at Post Office Yard and worked as a farm labourer before his enlistment on 15th November 1915. Initially joining ‘C’ company, 11th (Service) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (service number 503950), he was later transferred to 317th Construction Company, Royal Engineers service number, WR/30834. He died on 8th July 1918 and is buried in Coleshill Cemetery.
Ex-Soldiers Death At Home. Pioneer Frederick Watkins (43). Royal Engineers, who was discharged from the army about three weeks ago, died at his residence, High Street, Coleshill, on Monday. Previous to his enlisting in 1916 he was employed at the Birmingham Drainage Board Works, Minworth. He was wounded while serving in France with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and afterwards was transferred to the Royal Engineers. Much sympathy is felt for the widow, who is left with six small children. The funeral took place at Coleshill on Thursday afternoon. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and there were a number of beautiful floral tributes. Coleshill Chronicle, Saturday, July 13, 1918.
Service Numbers from his Medal Card, Service & Pension Records: - 15660, 503950, WR/30834
Coleshill Chronicle 22nd July 1916 “Private F. Watkins, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, of High Street, Coleshill, has been wounded in France, and is now in hospital in this country.”
You can enter your information here regarding this person. Sarah ann was Frederick's sister not his mother. His mother was Ann Watkins. Frederick was my grandfather.