Douglas Linly Roy (Roy) WATSON

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WATSON, Douglas Linly Roy

Service Number: 47
Enlisted: 25 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Crystal Brook, South Australia, 26 June 1894
Home Town: Crystal Brook, Port Pirie City and Dists, South Australia
Schooling: Crystal Brook Public School, Gladstone & Port Pirie High Schools
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 19 May 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Crystal Brook District WW1 Roll of Honour, Gladstone High School WW1 Roll of Honor, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 47, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 47, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
19 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 47, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography

"PTE. WATSON.

Among the South Australians who have lost their lives at the Dardanelles is Pte. Roy Watson, of Crystal Brook. He was the first volunteer from that town and was given an enthusiastic send-off. He was employed in the office of the Waterworks Department, and was very popular. He went to Egypt with the machine gun section of the 3rd Light Horse, and afterwards volunteered to go with the infantry. Born at Crystal Brook, he had lived there all is life. He was educated at the local public school, and later at Gladstone and Port Pirie High Schools. At the last named he was prominently connected with rowing matters, being a member of the team that won the public school championship fours a few years ago at Adelaide. He was also connected with with the Lacrosse, tennis, and softball clubs and for lacrosse he was selected as South Australian goalkeeper in the abandoned association match against Victoria. He was a member of the Crystal Brook Literary Society Deceased was the second son or Mr. L. P. Watson, of Woodlyn avenue, Unley, and would have been 21 years of age on June 26." - from the Adelaide Register 18 Jun 1915 (nla.gov.au)

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