H.R.B. Watkins

Brigadier H.R.B. Watkins, CBE, DSO

Pre-first war Territorial with 5th Battalion The London Regiment. Mobilised on 4th August 1914 he went to France on 1st November of that year. Joined the Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps on 7th August 1916 and was posted to Thetford. Became a member of the famours "I" Battalion (Qui s'y frotte s'y Brule). He was posted to the 3rd Battalion in November 1919, but a year later he was selected as an assistant instructor at the Tank Gunnery School at Lulworth. He went to India in 1926 and served there until returning to the Home Establishment in 1930, having graduated to the Staff College. Appointed to command the 1st Battalion Royal Tank Corps in Egypt in March 1939. During World War 2 he commanded 1st Army Tank Brigade in the desert.

Married Beryl Oakes of Nowton Court, Bury St. Edmunds in 1918 and had one son, Lt.Col. H.B.C. Watkins, MBE who was CO of 4 RTR in 1963-1964.

Tales of valour

1914 Star with bar (Mons Star)

Then Lance Corporal in 5th London Regiment

COMMANDER OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

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1914 STAR WITH BAR (MONS STAR)

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1939-45 STAR

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AFRICA STAR

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BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

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DEFENCE MEDAL

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FRANCE & GERMANY STAR

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ITALY STAR

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VICTORY MEDAL

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WAR MEDAL

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MINIATURE MEDAL GROUP

ORDER OF POLONIA RESTITUTA - KNIGHT'S CROSS