DIVISIONAL UNIT: 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
9th Infantry Brigade
58th Battalion - Central Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corp
SERVICE NO: 654838
RESIDENCE: Blyth – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: June 23, 1896
Hullet Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: November 13, 1917 21 years 4 months
CEMETERY: Poelcapelle British Cemetery – Poelcapelle –
West Vlaanderen – Belgium
XIII F 17
MOTHER: Mrs. William Riddell – Thornhill
SISTER: Mrs. Mary Watt - Londesborough
Occupation: Farmer Religion: Presbyterian
Enlistment: Blyth – May 16, 1916 – 161st Huron Battalion
Enlistment Age: 19 years 11 months
The 161st Huron Battalion sailed from Halifax on October 30, 1916 on the SS Lapland arriving in England on
November 11, 1916.
Private Watt was struck off service with the 161st on November 30, 1916 and taken on service with the 58th Battalion on December 1st.
During the night of the November 12/13th the 58th Battalion had advanced the front line about 100 yards.
The weather was fair with some cloud and the winds were from the south-west between 8-10 mph.
From very early in the morning until 4:30pm the enemy artillery was very active and then shortly after that there was a very intense enemy bombardment immediately followed by an enemy counter-attack of 3 waves of enemy infantry 100 yards apart.
“B” & “C” Companies were on the front lines right and left with “A” & “D” Companies in support along with the “A” & “D” Companies of the 43rd Battalion.
The massing of the enemy was noticed and an artillery barrage was brought down on the first wave and then the Lewis guns and rifles of the 58th Battalion stopped the last 2 enemy waves before they reached the line.
It was during this counter-attack that it is believed Private Watt was killed performing his military duties.