WWI Trio - A.M. J.WATTS - R.F.C. & R.N.
1914-15 Star (4503 2 - A.M. J. WATTS. R.F.C.); British War and Victory Medals (ART. ENG. J. WATT. R.N.). Naming is officially impressed on the trio. Board mounted, extremely fine. Also included is a duotang folder with his military biography and one ship photograph. Footnote: John Watt joined the Royal Flying Corps possibly as early as 1914 and in order to receive the 1914-15 Star, must have served in France and Belgium during those years. As that medal only shows the earliest rank attained, 2nd Air Mechanic, he probably received higher promotions in the Royal Flying Corps. As engineers were always needed to man the growing number of ships in the Royal Navy, he transferred to that service, probably on the date of his ranking as an Artificer Engineer, June 18, 1918. On September 24, he joined H.M.S. Champion, one of the newly commissioned Cruisers of the Calliope Class. At the end of the war, this ship was with the Grand Fleet, serving as a Flotilla Leader. He continued to serve until 1919, when he disappears from the Navy Lists. This could mean that he was demobilzed, without pension, or simply returned to the ranks, to continue in the Royal Navy, when the close of the war meant a cutback in the number of ships and men needed. (BGR271)