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Too many CWG records
Early Life :Ernest Watkins was born in 1882 in Welshpool and was the youngest of John and Margaret Watkins’ four children. The family lived at 4 New Street, Welshpool. Ernest had a flourishing career as a Clerk becoming a Solicitors Articled Clerk. He was also deputy to the Town Clerk and secretary of Welshpool Golf Club. Ernest was 'not a physically robust man' therefore clerical work suited him very well and he was held in very high esteem.
Unit : Montgomeryshire Yeomanry
Action : Natural Causes
Ernest joined the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry in early 1916 as a Private soldier, serving as a Clerk. The 3/1 regiment had been raised in June 1915 as a new recruitment and depot force due to the 2/1 regiment becoming a fighting unit. At its head was Major Tamworth who decided to go to Ireland for the winter to progress their squadron and brigade training. The brigade was housed in Marlborough Barracks, Dublin but later moved to Arbour Hill Barracks.
Only a month after enlisting, whilst undergoing 'arduous' outdoor training before taking up his clerical duties, Ernest contracted pneumonia and died on 8th March 1916 at the Dublin Military Infirmary. His body was returned to Welshpool and is buried at Christ Church.
Ernest is remembered on a brass plaque in New Street United Church (the plaque was originally housed next door in what was the Congregational Church where Ernest would have attended, across the road from his house). He is also remembered on the town war memorial in St. Mary’s churchyard and on the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry plaque inside St. Mary’s Church.
Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from the Spanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Welchpool No. 998 E.C.||North Wales|
20th November 1914
18th December 1914
15th January 1915
Welchpool Lodge records at United Grand Lodge of England shows that Ernest "Died 7th Mar/16 on Active Service"
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Book : 1921 - Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 - Oxford University Press
- Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England
- Researcher : Greame Harkness
- Website : Remembering the Fallen of The Great War at Christchurch