Regiment : 17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Service number : 14328
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 24th July 1916 aged 30
Buried : Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Plot 1. Row F. Grave 20.
Relatives : Son of Joseph and Charlotte Watkins, 58 The Common, Abberley, Worcester
Memorial : Abberley St Mary's Church
Also appears on : Bewdley War Memorial with the additional information: Pte. Lan. Fus.
Credits : 1. and 3. Researched by Sandra Taylor. 2. Researched and transcribed by Jo Roche.
1. Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral under Bewdley casualty list.
2. Joseph Watkins was born on 10th March 1886 at Wyre Hill, Bewdley, the son of Joseph and Charlotte Watkins. In 1893 the family moved to Abberley Common where Joseph’s father had acquired the position of Brickwork Manager. Joseph and his siblings were admitted to the village school on 18th September 1893. During his time at the school Joseph appears in the school log book on a number of occasions, all connected with bad behaviour and punishment. At the age of 14 Joseph left school and became a brick maker, working alongside his father in the local brickworks until his enlistment in the army.
A report on the death of Joseph Watkins and details of other family members serving overseas appears in the Kidderminster Shuttle, 7th October 1916.
3. A photograph of Private J. Watkins, Lancashire Fusiliers can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 2nd September 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.