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ID number P06418.002
Collection Photograph
Object type Colour - Toned black & white print
Photographer Cruden, James Charles
Date made 1915


Hand coloured studio portrait of 1318 Private (Pte) Errol Sydney (Sidney) Watkins of Waverley, NSW. Enlisting in the AIF in February 1915, Pte Watkins was an original member of the 17th Battalion who served on Gallipoli and the Western Front as a stretcher-bearer. According to his Red Cross Wounded and Missing Bureau file Watkins went out on a patrol after the counter-attack at Lagnicourt on 15 April 1917 to collect the wounded from the German positions. Watkins responded to repeated calls for stretcher-bearers believing they were wounded Australians, but was last seen surrounded by a group of Germans who had been calling out in english. Repeated attempts were made by the Red Cross to determine whether he was a prisoner of war in Germany, but discovered after the war that Watkins had been shot in the stomach and died of wounds at Rumancourt on 15 April, age 21.