Acting Sergeant Edward Watts 5998138, 1st Battalion Essex Regiment

1894 Jul Born Islington son of Alfred Watts

1914 Jul 5. Enlisted at Warley. His address is given as 42 Tuilerie Rd, Hackney. His trade was "engineers mate"

1915 Sep 12. Married Florence Maud Kemp at St Augustines Church, Haggerston, Shoreditch

1915 Sep 30. Landed in France

1916 Mar 30. Daughter Florence Elizabeth born Shoreditch

1918 Mar 22. Prisoner of War. Pow interview WO161/100/177

1918 Oct 8. Son Edward Arthur born Shoreditch

1921 Mar 19 died in Crossbarry Ambush . A coy, 1st batallion. Essex Regt records give that "his head was smashed in by a rifle butt". He was at first reported missing, but his body was later found at the battlefield.

His wife Florence, brought his body back to the UK. He was buried at the Manor Park cemetery in East London


Crossbarry Ambush