Frederick John WATT

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WATT, Frederick John

Service Number: 3686
Enlisted: 10 August 1915, Narrabri, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gulgong, New South Wales, Australia, 9 October 1880
Home Town: Gulgong, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Stubbo Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 May 1917, aged 36 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers Bretonneux Memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gulgong Public School Honour Roll, Mudgee District Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Tambar Springs War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

10 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3686, Narrabri, New South Wales
20 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3686, 18th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3686, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3686, 18th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Three Sons Lost. MRS. E. WATT'S LOSS.

Mrs. E. Watt, of Mayne-street, Gulgong, has received official advice that her son, Private Frederick John Watt, was killed in action in France in May of last year. The fallen soldier was previously reported missing. The Watt family has made almost as great a sacrifice as any family in the State. Three sons enlisted to take part in the Empire's battles, and to-day all of them are sleeping the eternal sleep underneath the sod of foreign lands. Walter Thomas Watt gave up his life for his country on Gallipoli, and Archibald Watt died on boardship the night after the evacuation. The record is a wonderful one. Though the mother has suffered an irreparable loss, she is consoled by the thought that her boys have died brave men, giving their lives to the greatest cause in the world.”from the Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative 31 Jan 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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