Watkins John George Cpl 4442979
Name Watkins John George
Army number 4442979
Decorations None known so far.
Date of birth Born 1/3/1903. Birth registered in Hartlepool, Q2 1903.
Age 89 at the time of his death.
Unit Joined The Durham Light Infantry. Enlisted 10/11/1923 at Durham as a Regular Soldier for a 7/5 engagement, aged 20. Probably recalled to the Colours from the Reserve or he may have re-enlisted. Posted to the 10th Bn DLI - date not yet known but known to have been with 10th Battalion in France on 11/5/1940, so may have been mobilised 1/9/1939. Served B.E.F. Served Iceland? Transferred to the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers 20/8/1942. Transferred to the Army Catering Corps 9/9/1944 - Daily Orders M70/44, documents sent.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Joined Brigade Possibly 1/9/1939.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Not so far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Died October 1992, Kensington and Chelsea, London. (Had he become an In-Pensioner at Chelsea Hospital?).
Home address Son of John G Watkins (1877 - 1950) and Lily Clark Kilburn (1879 - ? ) Born Holy Trinity, Hartlepool. Worked as a Labourer. Next of kin was his uncle James Kilburn, of Warren St. Hartlepool. No trace yet of a marriage.
Source table 10DLI
An acknowledgment is due to the RNF Museum for information drawn from the Enlistment Books.