The First World War

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Steven Todd
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The First World War

Postby Steven Todd » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:38 am

I have been lucky enough to acquire the medals to the following old boy...if anyone knows the whereabouts of other medal groups to OW's, I would be very pleased to hear...

Private Charles Robert Watkins, 5th Btn City Of London Regiment
1914 Star and Bar (9986 Pte) British War and Victory Medals

Charles was born in High Wycombe on 29 September 1891 to Henrietta and Edwin, he lived at 59 Priory Avenue and was a student at High Wycombe Royal Grammar School from 1903 to 1909.

Entered France 4th November 1914

He was the second Old Boy killed during the Great War, kia, F&F 3rd February 1915. He joined in 1903, and left in 1909 passing both the Oxford junior and Senior examinations as well as the London Matriculation, and even a Bucks County Council Scholarship! He was a skilled cricketer, in The Second XI And played in the House Tournament. At RGS He was well known for art, going on to working as Draughtsman in W.H.Smith & Son. He was the 2nd Old Boy killed in the War, dying very early on in 1915 in Belgium, going over with the frontal force of British troops. He was deployed in November 1914, and in a fortnight was on the frontline fighting. Sadly, his journey ended there, shot in the head by a Sniper whilst warming his hands by a charcoal fire. He joined the day after the War began, on August 5th.

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Re: The First World War

Postby John Saunders » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:29 pm

Photo of Charles Robert Watkins here...

http://buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk/ ... m5152.html

... and a photo of the plaque put up to him in High Wycombe Parish Church.

More biographical data: http://buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk/ ... hp?id=4577

The school's website has a page on OWs who died in the Great War:

http://www.rgshw.com/666/about/history- ... casualties
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