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Stewart Dowding WATSON

Regimental number1747
Place of birthWindsor Victoria
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressArawat House, Bowen Terrace, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Helen Watson, Arawat House, Bowen Terrace, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date3 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty east of BRESLE on 16th April, 1918. These N.C.O.s [WATSON, 1993 M. POLAND] were engaged in laying out tape for a new trench, and although under heavy shell fire for an hour and a half they stuck to their task and on completing it, guided the working parties onto their work. By their good example and coolness the work was successfully constructed in spite of a number of casualties which occurred. These N.C.O.s have not been recommended in connection with the King's Birthday Honours Despatch.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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