Private James Barnard Watkins

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

3 Sep 1918

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

125a North Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Bagneux British Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 19th September 1918
Pte James Barnard Watkins

Pte James Barnard Watkins, 11021, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, died on September 3rd, 1918, from wounds sustained in action at Gezaincourt in France. He had returned from home leave only a week earlier, and had crossed over from Dover on August 29th.

A letter of sympathy from a Chaplain informed parents James Barnard and Alice Maud Watkins, of 125a North Street, Luton, that he had would be burying their eldest son on September 4th at a military cemetery. In due course a cross would be erected over his grave.

Pte Watkins had joined up in March 1916 at the age of 18. He first served in France,then for a time in Italy before being transferred back to the Western Front.

James was born in Rotherhithe, London, and had two brothers and a sister. By the time of the 1911 Census the family had moved from London to their home in North Street, Luton.

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Pte James Barnard Watkins

Author: Deejaya

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