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William John WATSON

Regimental number955
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationPainter
AddressGrey Street, Glen Innes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Watson, 19 Perry Street, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 12 months in the Glen Innes Civilian Reserves.
Enlistment date16 February 1916
Place of enlistmentArmidale, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Discharge date12 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Sydney, 4 May 1916; disembarked, Devonport, 9 July 1916; proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 21 November 1916.

Admitted to 12th Field Ambulance (shell shock), France, 7 June 1917; to 9th Field Ambulance, 7 June 1917; to 4th Stationary Hospital, 12 June 1917; rejoined unit, 6 June 1917.

Admitted to 4th Stationary Hospital, 22 July 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 5 August 1917; marched into 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, 6 August 1917; to England, 20 September 1917; marched into Perham Downs Command Depot, England, 21 September 1917.

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital (ingrown toenail), 15 November 1917; 15 November 1917; discharged to Training Depot, 29 November 1917; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 21 January 1918; marched into 6th Training Bn, Fovant, 22 March 1918; on command at 3rd Divisional Signal School, 24 March 1918; proceeded overseas to France via Dover, 4 October 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Rouelles, 6 October 1918; marched out to unit, 8 October 1918; rejoined unit, in the Field, 10 October 1918.

Admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance (bronchitis), 7 February 1919; discharged to unit, 13 February 1919; marched out to Base Depot for return to Australia, 12 March 1919; marched out to England from Australian General Base Depot, 26 March 1919; marched into Weymouth Command Depot, England, 27 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 11 May 1919; disembarked, Melbourne for Sydney, 27 June 1919; discharged, Sydney, 12 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WATSON William John

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