William Somerville WATSON


WATSON, William Somerville

Service Number: 416732
Enlisted: 16 August 1941, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 177 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Port Pirie, South Australia, 2 March 1921
Home Town: Port Pirie, Port Pirie City and Dists, South Australia
Schooling: Port Pirie High School
Occupation: Assayer
Died: Killed in Action (lost on night combat ops), Burma, 8 March 1944, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on Panel 443, Singapore Memorial (within Kranji War Cemetery).
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, City of Port Pirie WW2 Memorial Gates, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

16 Aug 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 416732, Aircrew Training Units, Adelaide, South Australia
1 Jan 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 416732, No. 177 Squadron (RAF)
8 Mar 1944: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 416732, No. 177 Squadron (RAF), Air War SE Asia 1941-45

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

William was with the Risdon Park Tennis Club for some time and was also a member of the Motor Cycle Club.