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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Watson, James


Lieutenant James Watson
was born in 1893.  

He was the son of Robert Watson JP and Elizabeth Watson.  In 1911, the family are recorded as living in house 27, Bond’s Hill, Waterside, Londonderry. 
Watson joined the Belfast Banking Company and served in Kingstown and Coleraine branches. 
James volunteered and enlisted into the 10th Bn. Royal Inniskillng Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers) with Service Number 16083 (The official Medal Roll records his number as 16082).  He was promoted to Acting Corporal.

Watson was serving with 27th Bn. Manchester Regiment as a Lieutenant when he was killed in action on 30th July 1916.  
The Belfast News Letter of 2nd December 1916 records:


Watson was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  He is buried in the Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, France.


The Belfast News Letter dated 3rd August 1916 reports:


Administration of the Estate was granted at Londonderry to Robert Watson. Merchant.  Watson's effects were £534.


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