WATSON, William
(Service number 78267)

Aliases William David WATSON in burial record
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 12 October 1891 Place of Birth Forglen, Banffshire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date 2 May 1917 Age 30 years 6 months
Address at Enlistment 38 Wilson Street, Timaru
Occupation Waterside worker
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Married Hannah CHRISTIAN on 11 January 1916 at Timaru. Children - Hannah Isobel Robina born on 16 August 1916 at Timaru; twins Doris Maud & Willamina born on 12 October 1918 at Timaru.
Next of Kin Mrs W. WATSON (wife), Avenue Road, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 3½ inches. Weight 145 lbs. Chest measurement 34½-37 inches. Complexion fark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Hair lip scars. Cleft Palette scar. Class A.

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 39th Reinforcement, C Company
Date 13 June 1918
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War 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 25 April 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for war service (Chronic Otitis Media).

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 22 March 1977 Age 85 years
Place of Death Waimate
Notices Timaru Herald, 25 March 1977
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 49, Plot 157B
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William WATSON , 78267, was the son of David and Annie (née HAY) WATSON, of Scotland. He came to New Zealand about 1910, followed by his parents a couple of years later, and probably his sisters Annie Bella and Jessie Smith WATSON.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 April 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5557 0119777) [10 December 2015]; Timaru Herald, 13 & 28 March 1919, 4 April 1919 (Papers Past) [27 & 29 April 2016]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [28 April 2016]; Timaru Herald, 25 March 1977 (Timaru District Library) [29 April 2016]

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