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Regimental number1105
Place of birthWaterloo South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
Address32 Ferrars Place, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Watson, 32 Ferrars Place, Albert Park, Victoria
Enlistment date7 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentSIG
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 20 August 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29845 (1 December 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 (19 April 1919)

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll

Military Medal

'For bravery in action. From 20th July to 14th August, 1916, 25 days and nights, he was in charge of a visual station KATIB GANIT. On the morning of 4th August, enemy shell destroyed the helio that he was using, and later enemy H.E. shell and enemy snipers fired upon the position. Lance-Corporal Watson remained at his post, continuing to transmit messages, and had a second helio slightly damaged by rifle fire. He showed coolness and courage and exhibited a splendid example of devotion to duty in face of very long odds, and what appeared certain annihilation owing to the heavy shelling of the position by enemy guns. His conduct is deserving of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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