Watts, George Albert: Service no. 159208

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Source: April 1917 casualty.

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Private George Albert Watts, reg. no. 159208. Contributed to the 18th Battalion Facebook Group by Jennifer Thompson-Johnson.
Watts, George Albert: Service no. 159208. Source: Toronto Telegram. May 1917. Per news clipping post by David Archer at 18th Battalion Facebook Page (not group).

Summary of Service for Private George Albert Watts, reg. no. 159208

DateEventRemarks
April 14, 1891BornToronto, Ontario, Canada.
September 15, 1915.EnlistsEnlists with the 81st Battalion (36th Peel Regiment) at Toronto, Ontario. He is a 24-year old wicker worker standing 5’9.75” tall. He lists his mother, Mrs. Emily Watts of 557 Gerrard Street as his next of kin. He has no prior military experience.
October 10, 1916InoculatedAnti-Typhoid
October 14, 1916InoculatedAnti-Typhoid
October 17, 1916Vaccinated 
October 18, 1916InoculatedAnti-Typhoid
April 28, 1916Leaves Toronto 
April 1916Assigns PayAssigns pay in expectation of being shipped overseas for active service. Assigns $20.00 per month to his mother, Emily Watts, residing at 25 Jones Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
May 1, 1916Embarks HalifaxEmbarks aboard the S.S. Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia for England.
May 6, 1916.Arrives EnglandArrives Liverpool. Note the short duration of the trip at five days. It is possible the S.S. Olympic travelled on its own and was not slowed in its passage by being in a convoy.
June 14, 1916Submits WillSubmits will in which he assigns all his property and effects to his mother, Mrs. Emily Watts residing now at 25 Jones Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
June 24, 1916TransferredTransferred to the 18th Battalion after being at West Sandling Camp. Begins transit to unit.
June 29, 1916ArrivesArrives Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France.
July 27, 1916Proceeds to Join UnitTransits from C.B.D. to the front.
August 4, 1916Arrives 18th BattalionArrives for duty with the 18th Battalion. The Battalion is in the Vierstraat Sector of the Ypres Front and will shortly be transferred to the Somme. The War Diary relates on that date:

 

 

“Routine. Company parades. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital.”

April 23, 1917Killed in ActionKilled in action in the Vimy Sector. The Battalion had been stations as of April 16, 1917 at CRAMER HOUSE (HAUS). The 18th Battalion War Diary has no detail as to the circumstances of Private Watt’s death. It simply states:

 

 

“Position same. Nothing unusual to report. Battalion Transport had to move back owing to enemy shelling, and now being located at 8.c.3.2.”

 InternedPrivate G.A. Watts is interned at the Ecoivre Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi. Of the 1728 Commonwealth soldiers buried there he lies with thirteen other members of the 18th Battalion.
June 19, 1920War Service GratuityWar Service Gratuity of $180.00 submitted to Mr. And Mrs. Watts.
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