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John Leonard WATSON

Regimental number8037
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBarman
AddressCollie, Cardiff, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 11"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs B M Watson, Collie Cardiff PO, Collie Cardiff, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 August 1917
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 27th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/6
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board SS Canberra on 23 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of burialVillers-Bretoneux Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave 1), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
81
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Mary WATSON.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 24 November 1917; disembarked Suez, 21 December 1917.

Embarked Port Said, 9 January 1918; disembarked Taranto, Italy, 20 January 1918; entrained to Cherbourg, France; disembarked Southampton, England, 30 January 1918; marched in to 13th Training Bn, Codford, 31 January 1918.

Found guilty, 26 March 1918, of being absent without leave from 0800, 20 March, until reporting back to Camp at 1400, 25 March 1918: awarded forfeiture of 5 days' pay; total forfeiture: 11 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 April 1918; taken on strength, 16th Bn, in the field, 27 April 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WATSON John Leonard
Red Cross File No 2870906W

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