Thomas WATTS
Rank: Private
Number: M2/166616
Unit: Fifth Army Signal Company Army Signal Corps
Date of Death: 25 November 1918
Age: 21
Cemetery: Lille Southern Cemetery, Nord, France

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Thomas' parents were Emil and Agnes Emma Watts, 23 Norwood Road, Great Moor, Stockport. No other information has been discovered about his private life or his military service.

The above unit information, recorded by CWGC, is also believed to be wrong. No such Company designation has been found at the National Archives (although Thomas' on-line medal entitlement records confirm he served with the Army Service Corps. The provision of signals (all forms of battlefield communication) was the responsibility of the Royal Engineers, not the Service Corps. Finally, the prefix "M" to Thomas' service number indicates he was attached to a Mechanical Transport Company (i.e. motorised lorries rather than horse dawn wagons) and not a specialist unit.

His death after the Armistice and his burial at Lille (where 39th Stationery Hospital was based in November 1918) suggest that he died form natural causes. Many millions fell victim to a worldwide epidemic of influenza during 1918.

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