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  • ID: I0774
  • Name: Mervyn Holmes Watkins
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BEF SEP 1893 in the Wern, Abersychan Pontypool 11a 165
  • Death: 18 SEP 1918 in of war wounds
  • Burial: I E 6 Doiran Military Cemetery is in the north of Greece close to the Yugoslav frontier
  • Event: Army 1918 Lieutenant "C" Bty., 100th Bde., Royal Field Artillery
  • Reference Number: 774
  • Note:
    1901 staying at the school in Bridge Street Usk
    with his aunties and uncle AHW RG13/4952 f ?? p 41 sch 297

    Debt of Honour Register
    In Memory of


    "C" Bty., 100th Bde., Royal Field Artillery

    who died on
    Wednesday 18 September 1918 . Age 25 .

    Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Fanny Maria Watkins. Born at the Wern, Pontypool, Mon. One of seven brothers who served in the War, three of whom fell.
    Grave or Reference Panel Number: I. E. 6.
    Location: Doiran Military Cemetery is in the north of Greece close to the Yugoslav frontier and near the south-east shore of Lake Doiran. It is approximately 2 kilometres behind the village of Doiran and is reached via a farm track after turning left in the village by a large taverna. The Doiran Memorial, on what was called Colonial Hill, can be seen from a distance and is a landmark.
    Historical Information: The cemetery (originally known as Colonial Hill Cemetery No.2) was formed at the end of 1916 as a cemetery for the Doiran front. The graves are almost entirely those of officers and men of the 22nd and 26th Divisions and largely reflect the fighting of April and May 1917 (the attacks on the Petit-Couronne), and 18-19 September 1918 (the attacks on Pip Ridge and the Grand-Couronne). In October and November 1918, after the final advance, a few burials took place from the 25th Casualty Clearing Station. After the Armistice, graves were brought into the cemetery from the battlefields and from by some small burial grounds, the most important of which was Strumnitza British Military Cemetery, north-west of Doiran, made by the 40th Casualty Clearing Station in October and November 1918. DOIRAN MILITARY CEMETERY now contains 1,338 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 449 of them unidentified. There are also one French and 45 Greek war graves. The DOIRAN MEMORIAL, which stands near the cemetery, serves the dual purpose of Battle Memorial of the British Salonika Force (for which a large sum of money was subscribed by the officers and men of that force), and place of commemoration for more than 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in Macedonia and whose graves are not known. The memorial was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer with sculpture by Walter Gilbert.


    Father: Thomas Watkins b: 1847 in High Meadow, Llanvair Kilgeddin c: 19 DEC 1847 in St Mary's church Llanfair Cilgedin
    Mother: Frances (Fanny) Maria Holmes b: 8 JUN 1851 in Llanarth AHW BB 1861 ?
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