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   Private Hugh Henry Watters
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/02/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 02/09/1888
Died: 15/08/1918 (Home)
Age: 29
Summary      
Hugh Henry Watters was the son of John and Sarah Watters. He was born in Tamnavalley, Killycolpy, Tyrone on 2nd September 1888. Hugh Henry Watters served with the Highland Light Infantry. Hugh Henry Watters died due to illness at home, at his fatherís residence in Tamnavalley, Stewartstown on 15th August 1918, aged 29. Hugh was interred in Albany. Private Hugh Henry Watters is not listed on the CWGC.
Further Information
Hugh Henry Watters was the son of John and Sarah Watters. He was born in Tamnavally, Killycolpy, Tyrone on 2nd September 1888.
The 1901 census records Hugh H as living with the family in Tamnavally, Killycolpy, County Tyrone. He was 12 years old and still at school. His father was a farmer.
By the time of the 1911 census, Hugh no longer lived with the family in Tamnavally, Killycolpy, County Tyrone.
Known family: John Watters, Sara L Watters, Ella Sophie Watters (born 19/10/1885), Hugh Henry Watters (born 02/09/1888), Robert Watters (born 24/4/1890), John Watters (born about 1892), Charles Leslie Watters (born 18/4/1893), Ethel Rebecca Watters (born 19/10/1894), Maud Minnie Watters (born 1/5/1897), Sara J Watters (born about 1899), Kennedy Watters (born 4/6/1900), Agnes Watters (born about 1903).
Hugh Henry Watters served with the Highland Light Infantry.
On January 1st 1916 the Mid Ulster Mail, Cookstown published information referring to Private H.H. Watters, Highland Light Infantry whose parents reside at Tamnavalley Ardboe, was writing from France to Miss Maggie Marks of Drumad, Coagh, thanking her for the parcels of comfort and sent kind greeting to friends and neighbours and said no one could form any idea of the horrors of the war except those going through it and he was longing for the end of winter and hoped to get home for leave so he could visit friends and acquaintances. He had another brother serving with the HLI at the front.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 1st January 1916: Private H. H. Watters
Newspaper Report
Private H. H. Watters, of the Highland Light Infantry, whose parents reside at Tannavally, Ardboe, was writing from France to Miss Maggie Marks of Drumads, Coagh, acknowledging receipt of a parcel of comforts and sends kindly greetings to friends and neighbours, and said no one could form any idea of the horrors of the war except those going through it. He is longing for the end of winter and hoping to get leave soon so that he could visit friends and acquaintances. Private Watters has also another brother serving with the colours.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 22nd January 1916:
Newspaper Report
Private S Watters, Highland Light Infantry, who joined the army since the outbreak of the war and who has been in the fighting line since March last, is on furlough at his home, Tamnavally, Stewartstown. He is in good health and cheerful spirits.
Hugh Henry Watters died due to illness at home, at his fatherís residence in Tamnavalley, Stewartstown on 15th August 1918, aged 29.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st August 1918:
WATTERS Ė 15th August, at his fatherís residence, Tamneyvalley, Stewartstown, Hugh Henry, second son of Mr John Watters. Interred in Albany.
Hugh Henry Watters was interred in Albany.
Hugh Watters is not listed with Commonwealth War graves, nor is he found among the listed dead of World War 1.
Hugh Henry Watters is commemorated on Stewartstown Cenotaph and at Albany Presbyterian Church.
Private Hugh Henry Watters is not listed on the CWGC.
There are at present three possible medals cards for Hugh Henry Watters. All are listed below.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Tamnavally, Killycolpy Killycolpy Census listing in Tamnavally, Killycolpy 54.601988 -6.570956
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1 1901 Census lists Watters Family 1901 Census lists Hugh H as age 4 in Tamnavally, Killycolpy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Watters family 1911 census does not list Hugh as living with the family at house 7 in Tamnavally, Killycolpy, Tyrone
3 Forum discussion Lists birth dates of the family
4 National Archives UK POSSIBLE Medal card can be purchased here (3)
5 National Archives UK POSSIBLE Medal card can be purchased here (2)
6 National Archives UK POSSIBLE Medal card can be purchased here (1)
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