William WATSON

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WATSON, William

Service Number: 2478
Enlisted: 8 September 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kensington, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Kensington State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed in action, France, 5 October 1918
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Plot VI, Row T, Grave 6 WILL SOME KIND HAND IN THAT FAR OFF LAND PLACE ON HIS GRAVE A FLOWER FOR ME
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2478, 24th Infantry Battalion
29 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2478, 24th Infantry Battalion
29 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2478, 24th Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Melbourne
5 Oct 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 2478, 24th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Sergeant William Watson was wounded in action on the 5 August 1916, a gunshot wound to the left side. He rejoined the 24th Battalion in Belgium in late September 1916. He was promoted to Corporal in March 1917 and was wounded in action for a second time on the 20 September 1917 during the start of the great battle at Ypres. After a long period of training in England he rejoined his unit in France during August 1918 and was soon promoted to Sergeant. He was killed during the last battle of the AIF in France, at Montbrehain.

His younger brother, 1963A Pte. George Godfrey Watson also of the 24th Battalion AIF was killed in action on the 4 October 1917 near Ypres, aged 25.

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