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Cecil Charles WATKINS

Regimental number2989
Date of birth27 May 1895
Place of birthForestdale, near Adaminaby, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWagga Wagga, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alice E Watkins, Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919
Discharge date21 November 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Total war service: 4 years 247 days (of which 2 years 191 days were abroad)

Embarked from Sydney, 25 October 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 28 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917.

Wounded in action (gun shot wound, right thigh), 26 September 1917. Transferred to England, 28 September 1917. rejoined unit, 12 March 1918.

Wounded in action (gun shot wound, left leg), 1 June 1918. Transferred to England, 9 June 1918. Proceeded overseas to France, 17 October 1918; rejoined unit, 21 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Plassy', 17 March 1919; disembarked Sydney, 30 April 1919; discharged, 21 November 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 February 1966
Age at death70
Place of burialCremated: Rookwood Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales

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