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1923 Marylebone, London England
(N.B. Some sources state he was born in Inverness, his birth was registered in Marylebone London, and not in Scotland.)
591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE
25 Apr 1943 Officer Cadet granted emergency commission to rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
Ringway Parachute Training Course 96.
No. 3 Troop
Son of John Edward De Watteville (1892-1976) and his wife Alexis Charlotte Margaret Bishopp of Edinburgh (1899-1988). [m. 1922 Hampstead, London].
Jean Mary De Watteville (1928-1997)and
Margaret Elizabeth MacKenzie (1925-2005).
Kenneth's father had served in WW1 and his paternal grandfather Frédéric Rodolphe Walter (Walter) de Watteville (1859-1918) was a medical doctor who emigrated from Switzerland; in 1901 he established the Grampian Sanatorium, at Kingussie, in the Scottish Highlands for the treatment of TB. Kenneth's paternal great great grandfather Abraham Louis (Louis) Charles de Watteville (1776-1836) had an illustrious military career in the Napoleonic era with the De Watteville Regiment.
Details of the ancient and noble family of De Watteville (of Swiss origins), and their military exploits and notable service in public office, appear in a book written by A.J. Nicols published by Ken Trotman. [click] external link
24 Mar 1945 aged 21, killed in a glider crash during the Rhine crossing assault. This was Glider No.3 on the map
Reichswald War Cemetery plot 39, row D, grave No.1
Cemetery / Memorial:
Commemorated in the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle.
Louis de Watteville [Click]
Location of crash site of Glider No.3 on the bottom right corner of the two maps on [Click]
A quote from a book on the De Wattevilles regarding the death of Kenneth reads...
"Kenneth's younger sister Margaret Elizabeth wrote that just after the war she had met a comrade who had described Kenneth as 'a good soldier'. She recalled that she was further told that at the last moment there were insufficient places for all the paratroopers. The officers drew straws and Kenneth drew the short straw. Kenneth helped the 'stick' (an officer, a sergeant and eight sappers) accept the change of plan and their being carried by glider. They all died together. The visitor and his friends found them in an orchard and they buried them there."
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