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  • ID: I578495714
  • Name: Alfred Henry (David) WATKINS
  • Given Name: Alfred Henry (David)
  • Surname: Watkins
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 Aug 1907 in Usk Monmouthshire 1
  • Death: 24 Sep 1942 in HMS Somali
  • Event: Rank Unknown 1942 AB - Able Bodied Seaman
  • Event: Alison writes Unknown Abt Sep 1942 Garden full of flowers see AMW BB
  • Event: Monmouth G S Unknown Sep 1916 July 1924
  • Event: Technical College Unknown Sep 1924 Newport
  • Event: Applied 1st job to Unknown Dec 1924 National Provincial Bank Ltd
  • Occupation: Abt 1928 Bank Officer
  • Event: Bible Unknown 13 Oct 1918
  • Burial: 24 Sep 1942 Missing in action at sea
  • Baptism: 6 Oct 1907 note back of Holy Bible 1611 version
  • CONF: 28 Mar 1922 note back of Holy Bible 1611 version
  • Event: 5' 6 3/4 12 Stone 7lb in1924 Medical
  • Note:
    Alias: /David/
    REFN: 1
    Address: The Cottage,
    Coleshill Street
    Sutton Coldfield
    Warwickshire

    Form IVa MGS
    A Junior Trigonometry
    Borchardt and Perrot
    C. Bell and Sons, London 1920
    Woodbank
    Usk
    My father AHW the second had to go into the National Provincial Bank (in
    Blaenavon as a trainee then Horse Fair Birmingham, and Solihull as an
    accountant ) because the business of Watkins & Co could not support
    another partner in the lean 1920ies
    A colleague of his was married to a school friend of my mother (Colston
    Girls Bristol) who had come to Birmingham to teach.
    AML met her in News Street by accident and was invited to her home and
    introduced to AHW
    In Memory of
    ALFRED HENRY WATKINS
    Ordinary Seaman
    P/JX 329792
    H.M.S. Somali, Royal Navy
    who died on
    Thursday, 24th September 1942.
    Commemorative Information
    Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    Grave Reference/
    Panel Number: Panel 66, Column 1.
    Location: The Memorial is situated on Southsea Common overlooking the
    promenade, and is accessible at all times.
    Historical Information: PORTSMOUTH MEMORIAL REGISTER. The first part
    (1914) records particulars of the loss of 1,917 ranks and ratings of the
    Royal Navy, 1,524 of whom fell in H.M.S. "Good Hope" and "Bulwark". The
    second part (1915) records particulars of the loss of 972 ranks and
    ratings of the Royal Navy, 536 of whom fell in H.M.S. "Viknor", "Bayano",
    "Goliath", "Princess Irene", "Lynx", and "Natal", and of four civilians
    employed by the Admiralty. The third, fourth and fifth parts (1916,
    divided alphabetically into three parts) record particulars of the loss
    of 4,485 ranks and ratings of the Royal Navy, 567 of whom fell in H.M.S.
    "Black Prince", "Defence", "Indefatigable", "Invincible", "Queen Mary",
    "Tipperary", and "Hampshire", and of eight civilians employed by the
    Admiralty. The sixth part (1917) records particulars of the loss of 1,269
    ranks and ratings of the Royal Navy, 443 of whom fell in H.M.S. "Ghurka",
    "Paragon", "Vanguard", "Begonia", "Partridge", and "Torrent", and of five
    civilians employed by the Admiralty. The seventh part (1918-21) records
    particulars of the loss of 1,086 ranks and ratings of the Royal Navy, 249
    of whom fell in H.M.S. "Narborough", "Opal", "Louvain", and "Glatton",
    and of four civilians employed by the Admiralty. Each entry in these
    Registers represents untimely death, and the bereavement of a family.
    Together they represent the price paid by those families and the Empire
    for keeping our shores inviolate; for moving here and there, as we would,
    greater Armies than the Empire had ever before dreamed of raising; for
    confining to its harbours, during almost the whole of four years, the
    greatest Navy except our own; for annihilating enemy sea borne trade; and
    for a decisive share in breaking the aggressive spirit of the German
    Government and people.
    also National Provincial Bank memorial London
    Monmouth School
    Usk churchyard war memorial
    H.M.S. SOMALI
    Eye Witness
    The final four months in the life of a Tribal Class Destroyer
    June - September, 1942
    by
    C.E.R.A. Peter Belchamber
    Serving between 1937 - 1958
    Reproduced by kind permission of "Warship World"
    HMS Somali was torpedoed on the 20th of September, 1942 while escorting
    Convoy QP14 homeward bound from Archangel to the U.K. She was towed 420
    miles by HMS Ashanti but broke in two on the night of the 24th of
    September with the loss of 81 of the 100 who had volunteered to try to
    save their ship. I was one of the survivors.
    Of the sixteen original Tribal Class destroyers some 12, including HMS
    Somali, now lie on the ocean floor from Murmansk to Alexandria. Towards
    the end of June, 1942, Somali took a very active part in escorting the
    infamous Convoy QP17 in the general direction of Murmansk and was one of
    the escorts ordered to turn back and abandon the merchant ships to their
    inevitab




    Father: Alfred Henry WATKINS b: 13 Aug 1862 in Llanvair Kilgeddin, Monmouthshire AMW BB c: 2 Nov 1862 in St Mary's Llanfair Cilgedin
    Mother: Blanche Eveline JONES b: 5 Jun 1874 in Raglan, Monmouthshire (AHW BB 1874)

    Marriage 1 Alison Mary LAPHAM b: 16 May 1908 in Filton, Gloucestershire UK
    • Married: 23 Dec 1933 in Parish Church, Berkswell, Warwickshire
    • Note: REFN1742
    Children
    1. Has Children Living WATKINS

    Sources:
    1. Author: Alison Mary Lapham
      Title: AHW BB
      Publication: ms
      Note:
      my mother kept her birthday book from age 8 to 91
      Repository:
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