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Service Record Notes


Territorial Force

No. 1120 – Arthur Herbert Watts – Corps. 3rd Home Counties (Cinque Ports Brigade) Royal Field Artillery.
Arthur Herbert Watts.
Born – Deal, Kent.
Age – 17years – 5 months.
Occupation – Boiler-maker Assistant, SE & CR Marine Department.
20, Seven Star Street, Dover.
Enlisted 14th December 1912, Dover.
Next of kin – Father, Walter Watts, 20 Sever Star Street, Dover.
3rd Home Counties Brigade.
Attested Driver from 11-12-12 to 25-8-13.
Annual Training, Lark Hill, 14-6-13 to 28-6-13
Discharged in consequence of joining the East Kent Regiment at Dover.
Short Service.
Attestation of
1004 – Arthur Herbert Watts – The Buffs.
Arthur Herbert Watts.
Deal, Kent.
Age 18 years – 2 months.
Occupation. Rivet boy, Railway Department.
Considered fit for service in the Buffs, (East Kent Regiment) 26 August 1913, Dover.
Joined at Canterbury - 30-8-13.
Attested Private – 26-8-13.
1st Batt. Posted Pte. 29-11-13.
Appointed paid L/Corp. 9/10/14.
Promoted Corporal – 25-6-15.
Appointed A/Sgt. 30/12/15.
Promoted Sgt. 26-1-16.
Army certificate and other certificates of education – Awarded 3rd class – 20-11-13.
Home 26-8-13 to 6-9-14.
B.E.F. France 7-9-14 to 21-7-16.
Next of kin – Father Walter Watts, 20, Seven Star Street, Dover
Mother – Mrs E. Watts – address as above.
Brother - ?????? – 2, Station Terrace, Littlestone-on-Sea.
Sister – Nellie.           Address as above
Killed in action in Belgium. Sgt. 21-7-16.
Father of soldier Walter Watts, 4, Bulwark Street, Dover.
Mother Edith Jane Watts address as above.
Sister – Helen Louise Wood- age 22, 43, Albany Place, Dover.
Holy Trinity Vicarage.
Dear Sir, re the late Sgt. Arthur Herbert Watts, No. 1004, 1st Buffs C. Co.
I am writing on behalf of the mother of the above who informs me she has not yet received the Mil Medal, won by her son. She was informed during Armistice week of the fact that her son gained --- distinction. During the interval she has written once or twice to the War Office without any result but I am informed that you are the officer to whose application should be made.
Yours Truly.
(Revd) E. C. Stephens. 
Infantry Record Office.
30th January 1922.
Sir, I am in receipt of your letter to Officer Commanding depot, dated the 25th instant, and have to inform you that there is no record in this office that the late L/ 10044, Sgt. A. H. Watts, “The Buffs” was awarded the Military Medal for service in France.
Mrs Watts was advised on the 8th January 1921, she appears to be under some misapprehension owing to local information she has received.
Yours Sincerely,
Captain, Infantry Records.
To; - Rev. E. C. Stephens
Holy Trinity Vicarage
4, Bulwark Street,
4th December 1921.
Being congratulated on my late son Sgt. A. H. Watts, 1st Buffs being awarded the Military Medal in France, I also read it in the Dover Paper. I have been waiting to hear if so. If so as I am the only mother by the name of Watts that I had two sons serving in belonging to Dover. So any honours due to my late sons I should be proud to receive.
Your Respectfully
Edith Jane Watts.
Mother of Sgt. A. Watts 1st Buffs and W.E.A. 6 Buffs.


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