DIVISIONAL UNIT: 1st Canadian Infantry Division
1st Infantry Brigade
2nd Battalion - Eastern Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO. 401396
DATE OF BIRTH: April 11, 1882
Bournemouth - England
DATE OF DEATH: April 9, 1916 34 years
CEMETERY: Woods Cemetery – Ypres
West Vlaanderen – Belgium
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MOTHER: Mrs. Alice Watmore – Darnall – Sheffield - England
BROTHER: Mr. J. E. Watmore – Darnall - Sheffield - England
Occupation: Labourer Religion: Church of England
Enlistment: February 17, 1915 – London - Ontario
Enlistment Age: 33 years 10 months
Private Watmore is listed on the Goderich Cenotaph as being from Colborne Township.
He arrived in England on August 26, 1915 and joined his unit already in the field on February 3, 1916.
The inly information that is available to us was from the War Diaries of the 2nd Battalion and 1st Brigade.
We know that the day was fine and clear but that it was very windy.
We know the Battalion was in the trenches during the night of April 8/9 and that at 2 am the quiet night became filled with the sounds of artillery fire and the sounds of rapid fire could be heard coming from St. Eloi. We know their location as being the Bedford House and we know that the enemy attack on St. Eloi was repulsed.
We have concluded then that during the enemy bombardment and advance onto St. Eloi and where the Battalion was located. The enemy was not successful in their attack and this would have been where Private Watmore would have lost his life in action.