WATSON, Thomas Fleming
(Service number 7/141)
|First Rank||Corporal||Last Rank|
|Date||Unknown||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment||Pareora West|
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|Next of Kin||G. WATSON, Otipua, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Lyttelton, Canterbury||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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Thomas Fleming WATSON. Corporal Thomas Fleming Watson departed with the Mounted Men by the slow train from Timaru on 17 August 1914, amidst much excitement in the town, whilst their horses were trucked at the Smithfield siding, Waimataitai. The Mayor spoke of the pride in them and said that they were going forward with stout hearts and strong arms. "Be true lads to your King and Empire, to yourselves and your country, and put your trust in God," he said.
Cenotaph Database [31 August 2014]; Timaru Herald, 18 August 1914 (Papers Past) [13 September 2014]
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