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One Man's War - The Samuel Watkins Story
From November 2014 to February 2015 the Museum took a look at one man's experiences of the First World War.
Samuel Watkins was a local man. He was the son of Sarah Watkins of Stonehouse and he was married to Daisy Rose Watkins - they lived together in Randwick.
He was a member of the 11th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers.
He was 33 years old when he died during the 4th battle of Ypres, or the Lys Offensive in April 1918.
Samuel has no known grave but is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium.
The Museum has recently been lent an extensive archive of material relating to Samuel and his family which will allow us to take this very personal look at the First World War.
If you would like to contribute to our World War One programme, either as part of a Local History Society or other interested group please click here to contact us.
Did you know?
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission aims to commemorate all of the 1,700,000 men and wome who died in the two World Wars. They keep searchable records of cemeteries, burial plots and memorials across 153 countries
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