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William Henry WATSON

Regimental number2230
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
ReligionMethodist
OccupationJockey
AddressRockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 2.25"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs. Elizabeth Watson, c/o Miss Quinlan, Kennings Street, Fort Valley, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2230A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollImperial Camel Brigade 3rd Anzac Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 July 1919
Discharge date23 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

Embarked Australia, 28 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 5 May 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 22 May 1916 (not yet diagnosed; no further details); discharged to Convalescent House, Ras el Tin, 29 May 1916; discharged to duty, 19 June 1916.

Taken on strength, Double Squadron, Serapeum, 6 July 1916.

Admitted to 12th General Hospital, Alexandria, 5 October 1916 (jaundice); discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 14 October 1916.

Taken on strength, 4th Australian Camel Regiment, Abbassia, 2 November 1916.

Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 21 November 1916 (injury to ankle); discharged to duty, 22 December 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 17th Company, Imperial Camel Corps, 7 February 1917; to 13th Coy ICC, 22 June 1917; to 3rd Anzac Bn, 20 August 1917.

Admitted to 31st General Hospital, Pt Said, 21 September 1917 (incontinence); discharged to duty, 24 September 1917.

Admitted to 21st General Hospital, Alexandria, 24 March 1919 (diarrhoea); transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 19 April 1919; date of discharge not recorded.

Commenced return to Australia from Pt Said on board HT 'Dunluce Castle', 17 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 30 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 23 October 1919.

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

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