(Service number 73028)

First Rank Last Rank Private


Date 7 December 1891 Place of Birth Greymouth

Enlistment Information

Date 11 May 1917 Age 25 years 5 months
Address at Enlistment Boundary Street, Greymouth
Occupation Bush feller
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Miss A. WATSON (sister), Mount Magdala Home, Christchurch
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest measurement 35½-38 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing good. Colour vision normal. Limbs well formed. Full an dperfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Varicose veins- slight right leg. No vaccination mark. Good bodily and mental health. Class CII.

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 37th Reinforcements, C Company
Date 9 May 1918
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
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 22 March 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

29 October 1918 reported wounded. 3 November 1918 Royal Vic Hospital, Matley, UK22 November 1918 transferred to Convelescence Hospital at Hornchurch; left Hornchurch 9 December 1918.

Post-war Occupations


Date 24 April 1950 Age 57 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 26 April 1950
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 101, Plot 14
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James WATSON, the son of James and Annie (née CATTLE) WATSON, was born on 7 December 1891 at Greymouth.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [27 April 2016]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5557 0119638) [28 April 2016]; Grey River Argus, 12 September 1912, Sun, 11 February 1919, Timaru herald, 30 April 1920 (Papers Past) [27 & 29 April 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [29 April 2016]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [2014]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [2014]

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