William Arthur Watts

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Arthur
Last Name: 
Watts
Mother's Name: 
Minnie Watts nee Chaseling
Father's Name: 
Josiah Watts
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, April 12, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
45th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, January 30, 1917
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Wounds received in action
Details: 

William Watts (Service No 2748) was born at Terara near Nowra, N.S.W. in 1893.  William enlisted in nearby Kiama with his brother Warren (Service No 2749).  He was 22 years old, single, and worked as a shop assistant.

William embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A40 Ceramic with 6th Reinforcements, 45th battalion, on 7th October 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 21st November 1916 and William joined his Battalion in France on 18th January 1917.   Two days later, William was wounded and was evacuated to 36th Casualty Clearing Station for treatment of shrapnel wounds to his chest.

William died from his wounds 10 days later on 30th January 1917.

He is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France: Plot V, Row G, Grave 28, and commemorated in Nowra Cemetery, N.S.W.

William's brother Warren was killed in action a few months later.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WATTS WILLIAM ARTHUR

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