Roll of Honour

Sergeant

Charles Gage Watt

Student

Charles Gage Watt, also known as Charles Geiger Watt, was born in 1894 in Kirkwall on Orkney. He was the son of John and Mary Garson Watt, who subsequently moved to Cathcart, in Glasgow. He attended the University of Glasgow for two years between 1913-1915, studying Mathematics, Physics and Political Economy.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

At the end of his second year of studies he enlisted. By the time of the Somme offensive he was a Sergeant in the 9th Bn. (Glasgow Highlanders) Highland Light Infantry. On the 15th July 1916, the first day of the Battle of Delville Wood which was part of the fighting on the Somme, he was reported missing presumed dead. He was aged 22.

Sergeant Charles Gage Watt died on the same day as fellow Glasgow students, John Brown, William Kemp Low, and William Wilson Paterson, who also fought in the battle. Charles is honoured on the City of Glasgow Roll of Honour, and his name is inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial, in France.

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Memorial Place: Commonwealth Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register