Watts, Ashford (P1, C3, L20)
Private 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.
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 home
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.
Co. F, 2nd Inf., Ky. N. G.