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Regimental number1302
Place of birthIpswich, Suffolk, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDairy farmer
AddressKilcunda Road, Bena, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.7
Height5' 8.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Margaret Watson, 29 Beford Street, Ipswich, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919

Military Medal

'On the night 7th/8th August 1918 these two drivers [Watson and 11835 E. Fry] were carting ammunition to a forward battery position East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX near AMIENS, when a heavy hostile battery opened fire on the road. One shell killed all the horses in the team, also breaking the pole of the wagon, thereby causing a block in the traffic in rear. These drivers under heavy shelling at once pulled the dead horses clear, placed the spare pole in the wagon, and making up a spare team from the other vehicles, hooked it in and delivered the ammunition to the gun position. By their prompt and courageous action, the congestion on the road was relieved and numerous casualties to personnel and horses avoided, as it was not possible for vehicles to turn on the narrow congested road.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date24 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Demosthenes', 16 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 2 March 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 24 April 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Kulcunda Road, Bena.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WATSON John

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