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David George Watt

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Hi, my name is David George Watt born 1957, christened after my grandfather of the same name (1895 - 1962). My father George Dalby Holden Watt (b.1923) who currently lives in Aberdeen Scotland at 76 North Anderson Drive is at the same address which was formerly owned by my Grandfather. My father George Watt was given the middle names Dalby Holden in honour of the New Zealander who saved the life of his father in the First World War at the Battle of Ypes. My father also had active war service with Bomber Command in WW2 as a Navigator in the RAF flying in Lancasters and latterly Dakotas bringing back troops at the end of the war from India to North Africa. Any further information and my father and I will be only too glad to help fill in and likewise.

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on 2013-02-26 13:10:45

DGWatt , from Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2013.

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by janilye on 2013-02-27 06:53:05

Hello and welcome to FamilyTreeCircles David, Just as a sidebar and perhaps you already know.
Dalby Jonathan Holden 1897-1976 was the son of Thomas and Lizzy Susan Holden, sheep farmers on Rimuroa Station, Gisborne He was with the 23rd Reinforcements which went to France in June 1917. He was wounded in the face sometime in February 1918 and spent some time in hospital in England. As far as I know he didn't marry.

by MGWATT on 2013-02-27 11:17:00

my grand father used to vis sit your Grand Father, Father & Mother when he went buying a bull for the farm in New Zealand 1920 T0 1938 and my father went vissiting family up in Scotland just after the war in 1945-6

by DGWatt on 2013-02-27 15:43:49

Hi MGWATT and Janilye, my father George Watt after being shown all this information on the familytreecircles website, this morning unbelievably went up to his loft and retrieved an old briefcase containing information collated by his father David George Watt. I have yet to see the contents of this briefcase but even dad was surprised when he was on the phone to me this morning saying he was stunned to find my granddad was able to go back several generations. There were also many pictures and other info / letters which dad will go through and put names and stories to and I will try along with my sister Anne Watt upload to this site within the next 3 to 4 weeks.

by brianholden on 2013-12-19 04:04:39

Hi David. I was intrigued and fascinated to read your entry, as Dalby Holden was my uncle. We knew Dalby was in the trenches, but we had no idea that he had acted in such an admirable way. We are humbled by this story and we would love to know more about your family, and maybe share more about Dalby.

Brian Holden

by DGWatt on 2013-12-22 16:12:59

Hi Brian, great to have a reply from yourself and dad was so delighted. He has much to tell but as an introduction I have copied what dad dictated to me this morning, so please read it as from himself:

My name is George Dalby Holden Watt. I was born in 1923 and my father gave me Dalby Holden as my middle name in recognition of Dalby Holden saving his life at the second battle of Ypres in April 1917. My father was in charge of a gun lair of which there were several making up a battery. When he stood up on top of the sand bags shielding the lair to receive his orders from the messenger for the next round of gun barrage, a volley of shells came over and knocked out the gun position. He and Dalby Holden (manning a gun lair further along), who was unscathed and were the sole survivors. My father was so severely wounded that Dalby Holden put a tourniquet and carried him to a field dressing station where there was so many wounded there was not enough blood for transfusion. By the time my father arrived at the field dressing station he lost a considerable amount of blood and Dalby Holden offered to give blood himself. Dalby in essence gave so much blood that he himself was brought back to Blighty (UK) to the military hospital at Orpington Kent. Dalby Holden soon recovered and was sent back to the front. My father was transferred to Bangor Hospital outside Edinburgh and thereafter to Woodend Hospital where he met my mother (Isobella Horn) who nursed him back to health.

My fathers leg was blown off below the knee, gangrene set in and had to have further amputation to the extent he was left with a very small stump and thereafter led a very active life with an artificial leg.

This is me (David) talking now:

Dad has a lot to say and we will certainly communicate again. He can tell you a lot more about Dalby as he stayed at Gateside Lumphanan with my grandfathers parents shortly after the war before returning to New Zealand.

Dad said if you were able to sometime down the line, we could communicate via Skype where you can see and talk to him real time.


by DGWatt on 2015-12-06 18:32:19

Hi Brian, have just recently come across letters communicated between Dalby Holden and my grandfather at the front and in the later years up to 1958 while clearing out my fathers house...


by DGWatt on 2016-08-12 15:04:47

I can upload a letter from Dalby Holden sent to my grandfather on August the 5th 1918...and I would really appreciate a picture of Dalby Holden if that is possibe...

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