No.5337, Private George WATTS
9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
George Watts was born in Weston Colville ( Six Mile Bottom) in 1887 (Linton Q2-1887 3B:526), son of David Brooks and Sarah Ann WATTS (née PATEMAN).
1891 census...Aged 3, he was at Lark Hall Cottages, Six Mile Bottom with his father David Brooks WATTS  agricultural labourer, born Guilden Morden; his mother Sarah Ann  born Steeple Morden; sisters Katie , Thurza M  both born in Guilden Morden and Emily born in Weston Colville  and brothers Thomas J  and Arthur  both born in Weston Colville.
1901 census...Aged 13, he was still at Lark Hall Cottages with his parents, sister Kate, brothers Thomas ( agricultural labourer and Arthur, sisters Emily, Annie , Lillian  and Agnes, and brothers Jack  and William Thomas Brooks  and a cousin Sarah Alice Watts . All the new children were born in Weston Colville.
1911 census...Aged 24, he was a domestic groom, lodging with George and Sarah Ann SMITH at Carlton Grange Cottages, Brinkley, His parents were still at Lark Hall Cottages with his sister Kate, brothers James Thomas (horse keeper) Arthur (farm labourer) Jack (groom) and William Thomas Brooks, and sister Agnes and cousin Sarah Alice WATTS.
Throughout the records there is confusion as to whether Lark Hall was Six Mile Bottom or Weston Colville. It is mentioned in the records of both villages
He enlisted in Newmarket, joined Army in Bury St.Edmunds 5th September 1919 and was posted to 8th East Surrey Regiment on 10th September.
He gave his age as 28 years 3 months, occupation, groom, 5ft 5 3/4 inches (167 cm)tall, weighing 142 lbs (64.6 kg), chest 37" to 39" (94 to 99.1 cm), blue eyed.|
He joined the British Expeditionary Force in France on 27th May 1915, he contracted flu on 4 December 1915, turning to pleurisy on 17th, and evacuated back to UK and to Depot on 22nd.
Recovered he re-joined the 8th Battalion and was posted to the 4th Battalion on 8th May 1916. Posted to the BEF in France on 28th August 1916 he joined the 7th Battalion in the field on 30th August.
He then joined the 9th Battalion on 13th September 1916. At Loos, on 8th February 1917, whilst standing on the fire step he was hit by shrapnel and suffered compound fractures to his left hand. Evacuated to England, on 17th March 1917, he returned to Depot and was eventually discharged from the Army as no longer being physically fit for active service. His address on discharge was Six Mile Bottom. His Silver War Badge was number 219249. His hand was weakened, lost mobility in index and 2nd finger. He died on 11th May 1919 (Cambridge Q3-1919 3B:511), presumably an aggravation of his attack of pleurisy whilst in the Army.
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