James Henry WATSON

Regimental number1756
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTailor's presser
AddressClaxton Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Watson, Claxton Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 November 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael and Ellen WATSON. Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance.

Military Medal

'On 26th September, 1917, near Zonnebeke, this man who was a stretcher-bearer worked continuously through the operations. During the many periods of heavy hostile shelling he stuck at his work in the most gallant manner. When not employed in carrying he thoroughly searched sectors of ground for wounded in spite of frequent enemy sniper fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date12 September 1918
Other details

War Service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karoola', 16 February 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 10 March 1918, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (wounded), Adelaide, 12 September 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 December 1927
Age at death39
Place of burialAdelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, WATSON James Henry