Keith WATSON

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WATSON, Keith

Service Numbers: 1057, 207
Enlisted: 14 August 1914, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Townsville, Queensland, 2 October 1894
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Grammar School
Occupation: Clerk/Surveyor's Cadet
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, 4 May 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave (buried at sea)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane Grammar School Memorial Library WW1 Honour Board 2, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Townsville Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

14 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1057, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, Townsville, Queensland
18 Sep 1914: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1057, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
19 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 207, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enoggera, Queensland
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 207, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 207, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
4 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 207, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography

"...207 Lance Corporal Keith Watson, 15th Battalion from Eagle Junction, Queensland. Prior to enlisting in the AIF he served with the North Queensland militia and on the outbreak of war in August 1914 was mobilised for war service. Embarking with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) raised to capture German New Guinea, he never saw action as the ship was returned to Australia when some civilian crew members caused trouble onboard. He was discharged from the AN&MEF in September and enlisted in the AIF, embarking for overseas with A Company, 15th Battalion from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 aboard HMAT Ceramic. Landing with the battalion at Gallipoli, he saw service defending the ANZAC perimeter where he was wounded in action and evacuated to a hospital ship. He died on 4 May 1915 at the age of 20 and was buried at sea. L Cpl Watson is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey with others who have no known grave." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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