Guys the morality etc of " digging " for the remains of the fallen has been discussed many times before in the Archaeology section and we have many respectable and properly authorised diggers who post on this forum so the morality of it does not need to be discussed again!
That said as a Digger myself in this case i must say that the " throwing " away of such a personal item as a wristwatch would certainly not be something that any of the guys i know would do or countenance being done , this should have gone with the remains for reburial or kept as a mark of respect etc or in case any relatives are traced , to throw it away such a personal item is reprehensible
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."