John Albert Watts

Major John Albert Watts, MC, 160005
3rd Battalion Royal Tank Regiment
KiA 3rd April 1945
Commemorated in Reichswald Forest War Cemetary

Tales of valour

Military Cross

On 18th July 1944, 'B' Squadron, commanded by Major Watts pushed forward on to the high ground heast of Hubert Folie and maintained itself there in a most exposed position during the day.

The Squadron was attacked from two or three directions throughout the day and it was undoubtedly due to the coolness and skilful leadership of Major Watts that this position was held until the late evening, when an attack from his left rear forced the squadron to withdraw.

On the following day, Major Watts led his Squadron into the village of Bras, which was occupied by enemy infantry and, with another Squadron, completely dominated the village until the arrival of our Infantry to mop up and until he, himself, was wounded.

During these operations Major Watts displayed the greatest skill and determination and his leadership was an example to all ranks.

MILITARY CROSS

1939-45 STAR

AFRICA STAR

DEFENCE MEDAL

FRANCE & GERMANY STAR

WAR MEDAL