Medal Awarded to Cpl Percy Watts
Medal ‘honoris causa’ awarded to Cpl Percy Watts of the Suffolk Regiment. Cpl Watts was a member of the 2nd Battalion team who came third in the 1925 Army Cookery Shield Competition. He later served as Depot Officers’ Mess Steward for thirty five years.
Percy Watts began his career with the Suffolk Regiment in 1915 when he volunteered for war service with the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion. After training he was posted to the 7th Battalion. In November 1917 he was wounded and captured at the Battle of Lateau Wood near Cambrai. He was sent to a Prisoner of War Camp in Germany where he developed a flair for cooking. On release he decided to continue his service with the Regiment and was posted to the 2nd Battalion. By 1924 he had been promoted to Corporal and was part of the battalion kitchen staff. He served in Gibraltar and Shanghai but was discharged in 1928 on medical grounds.
He then found a new career as a civilian employee at the Depot. He was appointed Mess Steward, responsible for ensuring the day-to-day running of the Mess. His duties included the keeping of the game registers, the rotation of wine in the cellar and the safe locking up of the silver every night.
Percy Watts retired in 1963 and was awarded the Imperial Service Medal for his long and honourable service with the regiment. He died in 1987.