|Place of birth||Dromore, Co Down, North Ireland|
|Address||Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||27|
|Next of kin||Father, Mr John Watson, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Blackboy Hill, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||51st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/68/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||51st Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked, Fremantle, 17 April 1916.
Admitted to General Hospital (venereal disease), Suez, Egypt, 14 May 1916; to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 15 May 1916; discharged, 23 June 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 41 days.
Embarked, Alexandria, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 August 1916.
Found guilty, Rollestone, England, 19 September 1916, of (1) overstaying leave from 11 am, 12 September 1916, until 8 am, 14 September 1916: awarded 14 days' detention; forfeits 3 days' pay.
Proceeded overseas to France, 23 September 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 24 September 1916; joined 51st Bn, in the field, 7 October 1916.
Wounded in action and admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound: thumb), 29 November 1916; to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 3 December 1916; to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 4 December 1916; discharged to 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 29 December 1916; to Segregation Camp, 11 January 1917; to 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, 14 February 1917; proceeded to join unit, 24 February 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 27 February 1917.
Field General Court Martial, 24 October 1917, charge: (1) when on active service deserting His Majesty's Service from, 13 October 1917, until, 15 October 1917; found guilty; sentenced to 5 years' detention.
Admitted to 5th Casualty Clearing Station (scabies), 21 November 1917; discharged, 22 November 1917; admitted to Military Prison to serve sentence, Dunkirk, 6 December 1917; sentence of 5 years reduced to 2 years, 23 December 1917; released from Military Prison, 18 November 1918, remainder of sentence suspended as from 18 November 1918; rejoined unit from prison (under suspended sentence), 20 November 1918.
Admitted to 48th Casualty Clearing Station (sick), 7 March 1919; to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 14 March 1919; to 7th General Hospital, Wimereux, 1 April 1919; rejoined unit, 13 April 1919; marched out for return to Australia, 21 April 1919; marched out to England from Australian Base Depot, Havre, 2 May 1919; disembarked, Southampton, England, 3 May 1919; marched into Sutton Veny Command Depot, 3 May 1919; marched into Hurdcott Command Depot, 9 May 1919; marched into Parkhouse Training Depot, 4 June 1919.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Plassy', 22 June 1919; disembarked, Fremantle, 17 October 1919; discharged, Perth, 25 November 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, WATSON Samuel|