We have discovered two candidates for the A E Watts who is listed on the Rugby Memorial Gates, so we will be remembering both of them.
The first is Albert Edward Joseph Watts, who was born in Swinford, Leicestershire on 17th Oct 1893, the son of Albert Edward Watts and his wife Annie Elizabeth (nee Bailey). Albert senior was born in Newbold and worked as a railway engine stoker on the L & N W railway.
In 1901 the family were living in Old Station Square, Rugby and by 1911 had moved to 38 Dales Street. By this time Albert junior was working as a core maker in an Iron Foundry. At the age of 17 he was the eldest of five children, all boys.
He must have joined up soon after war was declared and landed in France on 22nd August with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was killed four days later on 26th August in the Battle of Le Cateau. He was buried in Fontaine-Au-Pire Communal Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave No. 3.
His brother John Sidney also joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and died in 1917
There is a story in the family that Albert and John’s mother wore the Royal Warwickshire tie brooch for the rest of her life.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM