George Gordon WATTS

WATTS, George Gordon

Service Number: 225
Enlisted: 22 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, 15 September 1892
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Kent Town Prince Alfred College 'Nobly Striving, Nobly Fell' Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Highbury Street Methodist Sunday School Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Board WW1, Norwood War Memorial, Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Roll, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Riverton Methodist Church Honour Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

22 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 225, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 225, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 225, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 28th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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"...Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) George Gordon Watts, No 6 Officer Cadet Battalion, Oxford, England. A clerk from Prospect, South Australia, prior to enlistment in the 32nd Battalion, he embarked as the Orderly Room Sergeant of A Company from Adelaide on 18 November 1915 aboard HMAT Geelong for Suez. On 30 January 1916He reverted to the rank of Corporal at his own request but was appointed Lance Sergeant (L Sgt) four months later. The battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, during June 1916. L Sgt Watts was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt) on 3 September 1916. In November 1916 he was transferred to No 6 Officer Cadet Battalion, Oxford, England from where he graduated as Second Lieutenant at the beginning of March 1917. On returning to France he was transferred to the 28th Battalion near Bapaume and then attended five weeks instruction on sniping and musketry. 2nd Lt Watts was killed in action at Polygon Wood, Belgium, on 20 September 1917. He was aged 25 years." - SOURCE (