WATSON, George Albert
(Service number 90084)

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Date 13 November 1886 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 11 September 1917 Age 30 years 10 months
Address at Enlistment Pleasant Point
Occupation Coal merchant
Previous Military Experience Volunteers - discharged at own request.
Marital Status Married Margaret May McGILL in 1916 at Pleasant Point. Son William Leonard WATSON born at Pleasant Point.
Next of Kin Mrs Margaret May WATSON (wife), George Street, Pleasant Point
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest measurement 34-36½ inchHeart and lungs normal. es. Cmplexion pallid. Eyes blue. Hair fair. Sight - right eye 6/6, left eye 6/9. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Illness - rheumatism. Free from hernia, varicoele, Varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left). Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Class A. Remarks - This man complains of pain on movement of the left ankle. He says he met with an accident to it .... 6 months ago. He was not off work. There is certianly a little thickening around the ... ........ but the man can perform all the movements he is asked to do. The movements appear to be normal in every way.

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Date 30/10/1918 Reason Certificate of Discharge.

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Date 21 April 1951 Age 64 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference area 35, Plot 175
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Albert WATSON, born on 13 November 1886 at Timaru, was the son of William Albert and Ellen (née CULLEN) WATSON. George had been medically examined in 1916 at Timaru and rejected as unfit for military service on account of a rupture. George had appealed his callup, saying that of seven sons of military age in his family, two had been killed, two were in australia, one was turned down, and he (George) had enlisted, been turn down, and had married; his other brother was in the second Division; he wanted time and was allowed until the end of the First Division. George arrived in camp on 23 September 1918 in Draft 15. He suffered from rheumatism and an injury to left knee 'causing no disability'. This remark appears in his personnel file - "This man always walked with a stiff leg fell out of all marches and was useless when on squad drill." On 30 October 1918 at Trentham he was issued with a Certificate of Discharge from D Company. He was described as of good character. But he suffered from chronic rheumatism and could not do physical training because of the pain in his knees and ankles. Consequently George did not get to go anywhere. His brother Leonard Jack WATSON was killed in action in 1916 and his brother William Winter WATSON died of wounds died of wounds in 1916.


N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5557 0119601) [11 December 2015]; Timaru Herald, 26 September 1917 (Papers Past) [17 September 2014]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) 11 December 2015]

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