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Regimental number8742
Place of birthGoulburn New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressNorth Goulburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, James John Watson, Lagoon Street, North Goulburn, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Field Ambulance, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'On May 5th 1917 near NOREUIL Private WATSON was near when a squad of bearers was going to the assistance of a wounded man attended by Private DOWDING. A shell landed in the middle of the stretcher party killing one man and severely wounding another. In spite of heavy shell fire Private WATSON went to the assistance of Private DOWDING who was then attending the wounded bearer and they succeeded in carrying the wounded man to a place of safety. Private WATSON showed great courage and devotion to duty during the entire period during which he was working in the front area during the recent operations in front of NOREUIL.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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