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Sydney Arthur Watts was the son of Alice Maud Hadlow (formerly Watts), and the late James Watts, of Uplands Farm, Hernhill. At the time of the 1911 census he was 16, an apprentice shipwright and living with his stepbrother’s family at Green Street, Lynsted, which consisted of his stepbrother Henry Watts, his widowed mother Alice Watts, sister Annie and stepbrother Edgar
Private Watts is remembered with honour at Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France, where his name appears on Panel 3. He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St. Michael's Church, Hernhill.
The Battle of Cambrai began on 20 November 1917, when tanks were used for the first time as the main weapon of attack.
The allies had 381 tanks which made an initial successful attack, but by the end of the first day 179 were out of action. The Germans made a counter offensive, having reinforced their front with troops from the Russian Front. They also used low flying aircraft against British infantry. On 30 November the Germans regained the initiative by using poisonous gas as a weapon on the battlefield .
The Cambrai Memorial commemorates more than 7,000 servicemen of the United Kingdom and South Africa who died in the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917 and whose graves are not known.
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National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census database.
British Army WWI Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent Times