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Watts, Samuel

Samuel Daniel Watts was born in Texas on May 25th, 1882 and immigrated to Canada in 1904.

In 1907 he married his wife Margaret in Calgary Alberta 1907 and later had two sons Roy and Percy. Samuel was a talented published musician, a poet, an inventor and also a cook. He played in a band. Samuel enlisted in the 187th Battalion at Olds Alberta in May 1916. His regimental number was 883263.

His wife Margaret was pregnant with their son Eric in December 1916 when Samuel traveled overseas to England. In the spring of 1917, Daniel transferred to the 50th Battalion. He would see action in France and was wounded on June 16. Samuel participated in The Battle of Hill 70 in France and was fatally wounded. He died August 22nd , 1917. Private Watts was posthumously

awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals. His wife Margaret received a Memorial Plaque and Next of Kin Cross in remembrance of her fallen husband.

Their son Eric Watts never got to see his father and would go on to serve in the RCAF during the Second World War.

Samuel is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery in Pas de Calais France.


Samuel Daniel Watts est né au Texas le 25 mai 1882 et a immigré au Canada en 1904.Canada en 1904. En 1907, il épouse Margaret à Calgary, en Alberta, et aura plus tard deux fils, Roy et Percy. Samuel était un musicien talentueux, poète, inventeur et cuisinier. Il jouait dans un orchestre. Samuel s'est enrôlé dans le 187e bataillon à Olds, en Alberta, en mai 1916. Son numéro de matricule régimentaire est 883263.

Son épouse Margaret est enceinte de leur fils Eric en décembre 1916 lorsque Samuel part en Angleterre. Au printemps 1917, Daniel est transféré au 50e bataillon. Il participera à des combats en France et sera blessé le 16 juin. Samuel participe à la bataille de la colline 70, en France. Il meurt le 22 août 1917. Le soldat Watts reçoit à titre posthume la Médaille de guerre britannique et la Médaille de la Victoire (Médaille de guerre interalliée). Sa femme Margaret reçoit une plaque commémorative et une la Croix du souvenir (décernée au plus proche parent) commémorant son mari tombé au champ d'honneur. Leur fils Eric ne verra jamais son père, et il servira au sein de l'Aviation royale du Canada pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

Samuel Watts est enterré au cimetière militaire de Lapugnoy, dans le Pas-de-Calais, en France.


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