Arriness Herbert WATSON


WATSON, Arriness Herbert

Service Number: 742
Enlisted: 30 October 1915, Enlisted in Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 10 November 1868
Home Town: Crows Nest, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Hobart Primary School, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation: Timber Getter
Died: Influenza, 8th Stationary Hospital Wimereux, France, 25 December 1916, aged 48 years
Cemetery: Wimereux Communal Cemetery
Plot 11, Row B, Grave 13
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Crows Nest (Qld) War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

30 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 742, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Enlisted in Toowoomba, Queensland
5 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 742, 42nd Infantry Battalion
5 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 742, 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney
25 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 42nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Arriness was born as Aranus Herbert WATSON on 10th November, 1868 in Hobart Tasmania

His parents were Joseph William WATSON and Mary GANT who married on 23rd January, 1847 in Hobart, Tasmania

Arriness married Florence De ROCHE on 27th August, 1898 in Brisbane and had 9 known children

He enlisted in Toowoomba , Queensland on 30th October, 1915 and embarked from Sydney with the 42nd Infantry Battalion on the HMAT Borda on 5th June, 1916

He died from Influenza on Christmas Day, 25th December, 1916 at the 8th Stationary Hospital in Wimereux, France and is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial - he was awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal.

His son Alexander Norman WATSON (SN3454) 15th Battalion also served in WW1 and returned to Australia

Another son Alfred WATSON (SN92) 5th Light Horse was Killed in Action on 4th July, 1918

Another son Robert Stanley WATSON (Q129147) served in WW2 with the 17 APSC.