WATSON, Rosewall James
(Service number 8/2493)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||29 December 1895||Place of Birth||Oamaru|
|Address at Enlistment||Aln Street, Oamaru - Barman at Royal Hotel, Temuka|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||R. H. WATSON (father), Aln Street, Oamaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||5th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Otago Infantry Battalion|
|Date||13 June 1915|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Otago Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 4th (Otago) Company|
|Campaigns||Balkans - Gallipoli; Western Front|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
August 1915, at landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli - gunshot wound in jaw.
|Date||12 October 1917||Age||21 years|
|Place of Death||Ypres, Belgium|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Rosewall James Watson was the only surviving son of Robert Harry and Mary Elizabeth Watson. He was educated at Oamaru North School. While he gave his parents' address as his own on enlistment, he was working as a barman at the Royal Hotel, Temuka. "He was very popular in Temuka, where he was working, when he returned home to enlist." (Otago Witness, 1 September 1915).
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 March 2018]; Refer to - Otago Witness, 1 September 1915, Oamaru Mail, 1 November 1917 (Papers Past) [31 March 2018; 03 April 2018]
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