Robert Edward WATSON

WATSON, Robert Edward

Service Number: 5104
Enlisted: 19 February 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, January 1902
Home Town: Annandale, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Schooling: Annandale Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 24 March 1918
Cemetery: La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Wallonie, Belgium
Grave inscription: He gave his live to save his country, our hero, God Bless him.
Memorials: Annandale War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5104, 30th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1917: Involvement Private, 5104, 30th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Marathon embarkation_ship_number: A74 public_note: ''
10 May 1917: Embarked Private, 5104, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Son of Mr. and Mrs. T.B. WATSON of 169 Trafalgar Street, Annandale, NSW

Private Robert Edward Watson (5104, 30th Battalion) was an engineer’s apprentice from Annandale, NSW, when he enlisted in February 1917. He was killed in action near Messines on 24 March 1918. His father wrote that he was 16 years 2 months at the time of his death.