WATSON, John Warren Hight
(Service number 7/781)

First Rank Trooper. Lance Corporal Last Rank Gunner


Date Unknown Place of Birth Longbeach, Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Ashburton
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs A. E. WATSON (mother), Schoolhouse, Longbeach, Canterbury. Mrs Annie Elizabeth WATSON (mother), Schoolhouse, Long-beach, South Canterbury
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements. New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles. 10th Reforcements Details, Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 14 December 1914. 22 February 1916
Transport Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter. Waihora
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Field Artillery, 11th Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Somme
Service Medals
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

Invalided home from Gallipoli in November 1915; returned to Western Front with 10th Reinforcements. Wounded at Passchendaele on 14 October 1917. Invalided back to New Zealand in March 1918. Patient of Ashburton Hospital, Queen Mary's Hospital, Hanmer, & Christchurch Hospital.

Post-war Occupations


Date 29 July 1918 Age 23 yrs
Place of Death
Cause Died of disease
Notices Timaru Herald, 02 August 1918
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery, Ashburton, NZ
Memorial Reference Plot 155, No. 58
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Ashburton War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Son of John & Annie Elizabeth (nee HIGHT) WATSON, of 51 Cameron St, Ashburton, NZ. Educated at Longbeach & Ashburton High Schools. One time of Washdyke & Fairview. Prior to enlistment he was farming with his brother at Winchester. Military funeral at Ashburton.


Cenotaph Database [07 November 2013]; CWGC [08 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 02 August & 03 August 1918 (Papers Past) [10 November 2013]

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