Private Joseph Fredrick Watkinson

Joseph Fredrick Watkinson (Fredrick), was born in 1889, in Harewood. He was the son of James and Elizabeth Watkinson. On the 15th December 1889, Fredrick was baptised in All Saints, Harewood.


At the time of the 1891 census, Fredrick was living at 31 Whetherby Road, Harewood, with his 5 siblings: Annie, Ethel M, Emma, James D and Harry, his father was a mason’s labourer.


According to the 1901 census, Fredrick was living with his parents and his siblings were living at 8 Whetherby Road, Fredrick’s father was working as a groomer and gardener.


By 1911, Fredrick had enlisted in the K.O.Y.L.I regiment, on the 1911 census; he was registered as being on a military ship that was travelling to Hong Kong. During WW1, Fredrick received a Victory medal and a British medal for his service. At some point during WW1, Fredrick was held Prisoner of War.


Fredrick was discharged from the army on the 2nd June 1919.


In March 1939, Fredrick married Martha H Sweeny in Leeds.


At the age of 73, Fredrick passed away in 1963 in Harewood, Yorkshire.

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