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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Lieutenant G W Watson.  Source: Dear Annie.  The medal ribbons give rise to

some doubt as to the identification. The medal ribbon on the right is the Military

Cross.  George Watson didn't win a Military Cross.


Watson G W   A/g Sgt    2874    George Williamson                23 Inf Bn    19    Jeweller    Single    Pres       

Address:    Brighton Beach, Gordon St, Markinch   

Next of Kin:    Watson, W, father, Markinch, Gordon St, Brighton Beach    

Enlisted:    2 Aug 1915       

Embarked:     A38 Ulysses 27 Oct 1915   

Prior service:  64 Inf Bn, 12 months, Senior Cadets, 2 years.

Born at Kensington, Victoria.


Relatives on Active Service:

Watson-J-R-Gunner-11911 brother DOW


Date of Death: 19/08/1916  Lieutenant   58 Inf Bn

CWGC: "Son of William and Helen Watson, of Gordon St., Brighton Beach, Victoria, Australia".



Extract from letter written to his cousin Annie:


"C Company

58 Battalion

15 Inf Brigade

A5 Div AIF


Life in Egypt at present, Annie is not the best, especially where we are now stationed, all that you see is tents and soldiers.  We are camped at a place called Ferry's Post Ismalia along the centre of the Suez Canal, but on the Siberian side, we use punts to get across the Canal which were made by he Naval Bridging Train.  We manage to get down and have a swim every day, and it is a grand sight to watch a large liner going through.  For the last month we have been in the No man's land, out in the trenches, 15 miles from the Canal, the life there was awful and it was no fun waiting for the Turks to come although we didn't expect any.  The water was our worst enemy, only allowed one bottle a day and this was always warm, the heat being something awful, we were unable to work during the day.  The papers in Cairo said it was 110 degrees in the shade there, for a week, so I think it must have been 120 degrees here.  It was impossible to sleep during the day on account of perspiring I used to be in my dug-out with only my trousers on and one would think to look at me, I had just come out of a bath......


Charlie McFadyn went away about a month ago so I expect he will be well up in the line by now....


From your loving cousin



Source:  Dear Annie, pp 23-24



War Service Commemorated 

Flemington  Presbyterian  Church *


In Memoriam


WATSON.-A tribute to the memory of our deeply

mourned friend, Lieut. G. W. Watson, "Markinch,"

Gordon street, Brighton, late of Kensington.

Killed in action, France.

Duty nobly done. -(A. Spence and L. Stelling*.)


* Leslie Stelling, brother of Stelling-G-Pte-1960


Family Notices. (1916, September 13). The Argus

 (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 1.

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