Jack Cosgrove (Bluey) WATKINS

WATKINS, Jack Cosgrove

Service Number: 32922
Enlisted: 8 October 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 12 February 1893
Home Town: Waverley, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, New South Wales, 13 July 1974, aged 81 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

8 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 32922, Sydney, New South Wales
11 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 32922, Field Artillery Brigades, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 May 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 32922, Field Artillery Brigades, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
25 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 32922, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, Acting Sergeant

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Champion lock gained a reputation as a brilliant cover defender during a long career with Easts. Watkins made his first grade debut in 1913, the year Easts won their third consecutive premiership, and played for Australia the following year in the First Test against England. He had to wait another five years to again represent Australia - on the historic tour of NZ - following the conclusion of World War I. 'Bluey' Watkins played in all four Tests against the Kiwis, and was later chosen on the 1921-22 Kangaroo tour. He played in two Tests against England and was rated by the English press as one of the finest locks to tour their country. A regular fixture in the NSW side during 1919-24, he also played in Easts' 15-12 final win over Souths in 1923 and captained the club in his final season in 1926. - Alan Whiticker"- SOURCE (www.rugbyleagueproject.org)