Image from 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1887, Ipswich.

Presumed Dead on or Since: 12th April 1918; age 31; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich, May 1916.


Rank; Private; Service Number: 40356

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 12th Battalion.

Formerly 28264, Essex Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 3.

Ploegsteert Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Potter Watts & Elizabeth Watts, of 10, Wellington Street, Ipswich. Husband of Nellie Elizabeth Alden (formerly Watts) of 18, Grey Friars Road, Ipswich.




1891   17, Emlen Street, Ipswich.


Percival was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Potter Watts, 34, an Iron Agricultural Fitter, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Elizabeth Watts (nee Watts), 27, born Woodbridge.

Edith Jane Watts, 5, born Ipswich.

Arthur Edward Watts, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   10, Wellington Street, Ipswich.


Percival was 13 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John, 44, a Horticultural Fitter.

Elizabeth, 37.

Edith, 15.

Arthur, 11.

Henry George Watts, 9, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Watts, 7, born Ipswich.

Nellie Watts, 5, born Ipswich.

Bertie Reginald Watts, 4, born Ipswich.

Frederick Watts, 2, born Ipswich.

Frank Watts, 2, born Ipswich.

Charles Mawby Watts, 5 months, born Ipswich.


1911   10, Wellington Street, Ipswich.


Percival was 23 years old,a Packer at a Corset’s Factory. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John, 54, a Horticultural Fitter at an Horticultural Engineers Manufacturer.

Elizabeth, 47.

Arthur, 21, Labourer – out of work.

Henry, 19, a Horticultural Fitter at an Horticultural Engineers Manufacturer.

Gertrude, 17, a Net Repairer.

Nellie, 15, a Domestic Servant – out of situation.

Bertie, 14, an Errand Boy – Green Grocer & Fruiterer.

Frederick, 12.

Frank, 12.

Charles, 10.


In 1915, Ipswich, Percival married Nellie Elizabeth Exworth, a factory hand at a corset factory, born February 1893, Ipswich – daughter of Charles Exworth, a Quay Labourer and Mary Ann Exworth (nee Otto), of 1, St. Peter’s Place, Boar Head Lane, Ipswich.

They had 1 daughter:

Edith Nellie Watts, December 1916, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Nellie E. Watts – widow.


A family note from Kim Watts: Percival’s brother, Henry was wounded at Ypres and invalided out.  Father says that when the anti aircraft batteries opened up in Ipswich during ww2 he would hit the deck and cover his head.



Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Watts, of 10, Wellington Street, Ipswich, are the parents of another local family who have distinguished themselves in the war, as five of their six sons having taken part in the fighting in France. Four are now serving, whilst two have been discharged as physically unfit on account of wounds. The youngest is expecting to be soon sent overseas. Their names are:- (1) Pte. R.J.Watts, joined up in May, 1916, now serving in France; (2) Artificer A.E.Watts, Tank Corps, joined in September, 1916, now in France; (3) Pte. H.Watts, Suffolks, joined in November, 1914, was wounded in April, 1915, and is now discharged; (4) Pte. B. R. Watts, Suffolks, joined in November, 1914, wounded in France in 1916, now discharged after having been 14 months in hospital; (5) Driver F. Watts, R.F.A, joined in October 1915, at the age of 16 years and 10 months, and was wounded in November last; (6) Driver F. Watts, Surrey Yeomanry, who enlisted in February 1917, is at present at Woodbridge.

 Suffolk Regiment, 12th Battalion

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment








  • Thanks for publishing this information Percy was my Great Uncle and Henry my Grandfather.

  • Thanks for publishing this information. Percy’s wife Nellie Exworth was a cousin of my Downing family.


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