[By Telegraph - Own Correspondent]
Mr. George Alfred Watkins, who died in Dunedin this week, aged 96 years, had for a very long period been a well-known figure in the city. He had a splendid record as a Crimean War veteran and as a particularly versatile pioneer in Otago.
He was born in Brompton, Kent, and when a young man joined the regular forces. He saw service on H.M.S. Cleopatra in China and Borneo, and took part in the Rangoon War.
During the Crimean War he was on H.M.S. Diamond. In 1864 Mr. Watkins settled in Otago, and until within two years of his death had enjoyed remarkably good health. He maintained a keen interest, in all matters social, political, municipal and martial. He was happy, contented and full of energy. It. is interesting to note that he shook hands with the present King when, as Duke of York, he visited New Zealand, and also with the Prince of Wales in recent years.
New Zealand Herald, Volume LXV, Issue 20047, 10 September 1928