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William David WATSON

Regimental number1812
Place of birthPetershead Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSailor
AddressBundaberg, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinSister, Mrs C Wighton, 31 Milnbank Road, Dundee, Scotland
Enlistment date21 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'Pioneer Watson deserves recognition for courageouswork as Stretcher Bearer during attack on HINDENBURG LINE South of REINCOURT on 11th April, 1917. Despite the fact that enemy Machine Guns swept the territory covered by the Stretcher Bearers they kept on with their work with remarkable devotion to duty and Private Watson was a leading example in his utter disregard for his own safety. His work calls for recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

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