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Edward Watkins
Age: 23
Rank: Private
Regti. No.: 13206
1914-1915 Star Medal Victory Medal British War Medal
Regiment: 4th (Service) Battalion South Wales Borderers
Medals: 1914-1915 Star, Victory, British War

Edward Watkins, coalminer, son of Edward and Emily Watkins of 58 Markham Crescent, served in the 4th (Service) Battalion South Wales Borderers, part of 40th Brigade which in 1915, a component of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (MEF). The MEF's initial objective was to capture the mountainous Gallipoli Peninsula of south west Turkey in order to control the Dardanelles Straits. The battalion first disembarked at the southern tip of Gallipoli in July 1915. Later, on 4 August, the battalion landed at Anzac Cove and on 6 August, although inexperienced in battle, led the brigade's successful assault on the Damakjelik Ridge, a spur of the dominant Sari Bair Hill, and held off a Turkish counter attack. On 21 August the battalion attacked Scimitar Hill unsuccessfully. This marked the end of the Battle of Sari Bair. By 22 August over 400 officers and men out of 775 on 4 August had been lost in fierce fighting in the heat of summer on rocky inhospitable terrain. Private E Watkins (13206) died of wounds on 24 August, aged 23. He is commemorated at Gallipoli on the Helles Memorial, a memorial for those with no known grave.

Additional information taken from the Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929

Edward died of wounds at sea, on board HM Hospital Ship, Gloucester Castle. His father Edward received pay of £3 10s 8d and a gratuity of £3.

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