Biography of Private William Charles Frederick Watts (24876)
8th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment
Formerly 1st South Staffordshire
Died 19th November 1917


  • Name: William Charles Frederick Watts
  • Date of birth: 1890
  • Place of Birth: Holbeach Marsh, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – August 1890
  • Place of Birth Registration: Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: Frederick Watts
  • DOB: 6th September 1855
  • Place of Birth: Eaton, Bedfordshire, England
  • Occupation: Farmer on farm


  • Name: Johanna Depear
  • DOB: 1855
  • Place Of Birth: Whaplode, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 16th May 1876, Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Elizabeth Emily Watts, 1878, Holbeach St John
  • Percy Watts, 1881, Holbeach St John
  • Clara Ellen Watts, 1883, Holbeach St John
  • Daisy Olive Watts, 1886, Holbeach
  • Fanny Elsie Dora Watts, 1888, Holbeach
  • William Charles Frederick Watts, 1890, Holbeach
  • Sydney John Arthur Watts, 1893, Holbeach
  • Maud Annie Watts, 1895, Holbeach
  • Olga Irie Frances Watts, 1896, Holbeach
  • Thomas John Daniel Watts, 1897, Holbeach


  • 1891: William is living with his parent at Holbeach, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: William is living with his parents at Bettinson’s Farm, Thurlby, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: William is living with his the Parker family at Willoughby Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 20 and he is listed as a farm labourer.

Relatives in services

  • William’s brother Sydney


  • Name: Emily May Parker
  • Date of birth: 27th December 1892
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Date of Marriage: 1911
  • Place of Marriage: Bourne Dictrict


  • Reginald Frederick Watts, 1913, Bourne
  • Violet E Watts, 1916, Bourne

Wife’s parents

  • Father: George Wilson Parker
  • Mother: Elizabeth Emily Falkner

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 9th December 1916
    A NARROW ESCAPE – Amongst the many marvellous escapes of men on active service may be mentioned that of Pte, W. Watts, of Bourne South Fen, who was recently wounded.  The bullet which struck him passed through one cheek, over his tongue, and out of the other cheek, afterwards killing a conrade close by.  Pte. Watts is now in hospital at Newcastle, and his brother, Pte. Sidney Watts, is also wounded and in hospital.  We inderstand that the latter has unfortunately to undergo a second operation.   He is now at Darlington.


  • Sheffield Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8th January 1918
    N.C.O.’S AND MEN
    Third Report
    Watts (24876), W. C. F (Bourne)

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private William Charles Watts, 24876, 8th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment was killed in action on 19th November 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Wife Emily M


  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
  • Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private W Watts, 24876, 8th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment who died on 19 November 1917 Age 27
  • Husband of Emily May Watts, of 51, Willoughby Rd., Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • Remembered with honour, Solferino Farm Cemetery

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Bourne


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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