WATSON, Joseph
(Service number 2/3119)

First Rank Driver Last Rank


Date 1 September 1886 Place of Birth Staffield, Cumberland, England

Enlistment Information

Date 15 December 1915 Age 29 years
Address at Enlistment C/o P. O'Leary, Bankfield, st Andrews
Occupation Ploughman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single. Married Ethel BENSON, 8 September 1917, Waverton Parish Church
Next of Kin Richard WATSON (father), Highbank Hill, KirkOswald, Cumberland, England. Later Mrs E. WATSON (wife), West House, Woodnow, Wigtown, Cumberland.
Religion Wesleyan
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 11th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery, No. 5 Field Battery
Date 1 April 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Farmer; builder's labourer


Date 21 November 1969 Age 83 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section; Row 52, Plot 412
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Joseph WATSON was the son of Richard WATSON, of Kirk Oswald, Cumberland, England. He married Ethel BENSON in 1917 in England. Joseph died on 21 november 1969.


Auckland War Memorial CMuseum Cenotaph Database [29 April 2016]; Timaru Herald, 9 December 1915, 26 December 1919, North Otago Times, 14 December 1915 (Papers Past) [27 & 29 April 2016]; timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [29 April 2016]

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