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Watts, Ashford (P1, C3, L20)

Watts AshfordPrivate Ashford Watts was born 9 March 1898, in Breathitt County, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard at Jackson, on 9 April 1917, with Company F, 2nd Kentucky Infantry. At the time he was living at Leathwoood, Kentucky. Watts was hit by a train, 13 May 1917, while on active duty. He is buried in the Noble Cemetery, Lost Creek, Breathitt County, Kentucky. Photograph courtesy Stephen D. Bowling Collection / Breathitt County Public Library.

    Ashford Watts

    The Jackson Times 18 May 1917 page 1

    Three salutes to Ashford Watts,
    A noble fighter for Old Glory;
    Captain, go fire three volleys—
    We’ll tell of him in song and story.

    No more at midnight from his sleep
    Shall the Corporal arouse him;
    Nevermore dreamy thoughts of home
    Shall be disturbed by voices grim.

    Dreams of his sweetheart at homewatts ashford headstone
    Shall be broken never again;
    He was brave, handsome and willing
    And died like the noblest of men.

    Father, we were proud of your boy,
    Who into the fray prayed to go;
    Father, you too, are proud of him—
    Your boy, our boy—who died a hero.

    A Comrade.
    Co. F, 2nd Inf., Ky. N. G.

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, Inc., is a recognized 501(c)(3). EIN 26-3705273

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