WATSON, Robert George Samson
(Service number 44045)

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Date 24 November 1894 Place of Birth Winton

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Albury
Occupation School teacher
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs I. n. WATSON (mother), Winton
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

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 23rd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 2 April 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

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Date 22 March 1972 Age 77 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert George Samson wa sthe son of James and Isabella Nicol (née Cormack) Watson. The 24th Reinforcements – R. G. S. Watson included - left Timaru for Trentham by the second express on 5 January 1917. They were entertained by the ladies of the Patriotic War Relief Society in Miss Read’s Stafford Tea Rooms. The 2nd (S.C.) Regimental Band was in attendance and Senior Cadets formed a cordon at the Strathallan Street crossing.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 August 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 August 2019]; Waikumete Cemetery record [15 August 2019]; Timaru Herald, 5 January 1917 (Papers Past) [07 January 2014]

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