Etc. -- Sherwin Watt Killed in Action, 1917
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The following lightly edited transcript is of a page 1 article in the 
21 Jun 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper. 

Norfolk Casualties
Killed in Action

Flight Lieut. Sherwin Watt, Royal Flying Corps; son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthews Watt of Langton.

Sherwin Watt, by universal consent, was the cleverest student graduated from Simcoe High School in a generation. 

Two years after passing the High School Entrance examination he was awarded a Matriculation and a Normal Entrance certificate.

The next year he took up First Class work and was awarded a Faculty Entrance certificate, having covered in three years the work which the average student is not expected to complete in less than six years.

During his course he joined the High School Cadets and was so proficient that he was appointed Captain of the corps, and when the cadets went to Niagara Camp he was in command and proved himself a capable officer.

Upon leaving school Sherwin at first thought of becoming a teacher, but thinking that to one who had practical experience in farming, an agricultural life presented a better future, he went to the Agricultural College, where he enlisted for overseas.

He has now given his life to the cause, having been killed in an air battle after about a month's experience in flight warfare, in which he had the distinction of at least one German machine in his credit.

The following lightly edited transcript is of a page 1 photo caption in the 28 Jun 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer

Flight Lieut. R. Sherwin Watt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Watt of Langton, was born in Wentworth County, [20] years ago. When he was three years of age his parents moved to North Walsingham, where they have since resided.

He attended high school in Simcoe then took a three-year course at O.A.C., Guelph, and immediately after passing his exams, enlisted as a lieutenant with a draft of officers for an Oxford Regiment in the Imperial Army.

Upon reaching England he took a signalling course and then joined the Royal Flying Corps, and after six months' training passed his examination with honors.

On April 1st he went to France, and after being there a little over a month succeeded in bringing down an enemy machine. Then on June 14th the sad news came that he had been killed in action on Tuesday, the 12th.

He has a brother, Arnold, in England with the 64th Battery, C.F.A., and is also mourned by six other brothers, two sisters, a father and mother and many friends and former school and college mates.


Sherwin Watt

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