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Herbert Gillies WATSON

Regimental number523
Place of birthCairsham New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs T M Watson, 'Wandilly', Belmore Road, Burwood, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Light Horse Brigade, 2nd Signal Troop
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A30 'Borda' on 22 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Motor Transport Section
FateReturned to Australia 21 November 1918


'Whilst on offensive patrol he encountered several Pfafz scouts, one of which he shot down. He has also in three weeks shot down four enemy machines and destroyed a balloon, attacking the latter at 6,000 feet, following it down to 1,000 feet, when it burst into flames.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

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