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William James Watkins was born in Ballarat, Victoria, he was single and at the time of enlistment was employed as a Draper. He enlisted in Melbourne, Victoria at the age of 22. He volunteered and was stationed with the 5th Field Company Engineers, 3rd Reinforcement with the Regimental number 6040. He was discharged and Returned to Australia on the 22nd of May 1919. Tree number 1185.