Service No: 332976
Place of Birth: Edinburgh
Date of Death: 29/9/1918
Theatre of Death: F&F
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry (B Coy 9th (Glasgow Hds) Bn)
Cemetery: Targelle Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Guislain
Additional information: Son of John and Margaret Gray Watson of Rutherglen.
Rutherglen Lore information: Son of Mr and Mrs J Watson, 31 Rosslyn Avenue, Rutherglen.
Soldier’s Effects information: Father John Watson.
De Ruvigny’s Roll information: 2nd son of John Watson of 31 Rosslyn Avenue, Rutherglen, Builder by his wife, Margaret daughter of Alexander Gray of United States of America; b at Stratton, co. Edinburgh 12 Jan 1887; educ. John Street Public School and Royal Technical College, Glasgow; was in business with his father; joined the Lanarkshire Yeomanry in May 1916; was transferred to the Highland Light Infantry Jan 1917; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Jan 1917; was invalided home in March 1917 and again in Jan 1918; returned to France Aug 1918 and was killed in action at Cambrai 29 Sept 1918. Buried at Villers Guislain; unm.
1901 census information:
Address: 9 Ardenlea Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow.
Father: John (43) joiner, foreman, born about 1868 in Melrose.
Mother: Margaret(29) born about 1865 in Tain.
Brother: Alexander (18) scholar, born about 1883 in Lasswade.
Self: John (16) bookseller’s assistant, born about 1885 in Liberton.
Sister: Jane (12) born about 1889 in Liberton.
Brother: Walter (10) born about 1891 in Glasgow.
Sister: Margaret (6) born about 1895 in Glasgow.
Sister: Elizabeth (4) born about 1897 in Glasgow.
Sister: Mary (2) born about 1899 in Glasgow.
Sister: Georgina (1 month) born about 1901 in Glasgow.