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I am trying to find out more about the activities of the following WW1 soldier:

John William Watson, born 1891 Glasgow.

His Medal Index card notes the following:

Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) Pte 4274, 351520. Awarded Victory and British Medals.

His daughter has given me the additional information that he was in Unit 332, and was also a Sergeant.

Can any one advise me where I can find information about Unit 332? Was it part of a battalion, and if so how do I find out which one, so that I have a chance of finding out about his wartime activities?

Could the fact that he had two regimental numbers offer a clue?

John William Watson was apparently gassed during the war so presumably he was in France/Flanders. He survived the war, but his service record, alas, has not survived.

Many thanks

Marigold

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the medal roll itself may confirm the rank of sgt

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not a complete loss just yet - if he served after ww1 then his service papers may well be with the MOD still if born before 1901 - there is a thread on here you can search -


http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=221706&hl=

and i can see he was born before rereading :whistle:

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I am trying to find out more about the activities of the following WW1 soldier:

John William Watson, born 1891 Glasgow.

His Medal Index card notes the following:

Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) Pte 4274, 351520. Awarded Victory and British Medals.

His daughter has given me the additional information that he was in Unit 332, and was also a Sergeant.

Can any one advise me where I can find information about Unit 332? Was it part of a battalion, and if so how do I find out which one, so that I have a chance of finding out about his wartime activities?

Could the fact that he had two regimental numbers offer a clue?

John William Watson was apparently gassed during the war so presumably he was in France/Flanders. He survived the war, but his service record, alas, has not survived.

Many thanks

Marigold

This is similar to another thread on the subject of the Royal Scots. John's long number indicates membership of the 9 RS, a kilted Territorial battalion based in Edinburgh. That serial replaced his original four-digit number in the TF's administrative re-numbering of March 1917. I have no idea what 'Unit 332' refers to, nor could I even begin to speculate!

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The Medal Roll confirms the rank of Acting Sergeant, and that he served with the 9 RS.

Mark

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Hi Marigold

His service records can be found on the Find My Past website using his initial service number. A Clerk by trade. Attested at Edinburgh 16/12/1915, mobilized 10/02/1916, to BEF 03/02/1917. The records confirm 9th Royal Scots with a few unclear references to Unit 332 which, in the best case, reads Posted to 332 P-of-W Coy during April 1919 then discharged 30/08/1919 with rank of Acting Sergeant. So I assume he was in a unit guarding German POWs after hostilities had ended.

Regards

LIT

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  • 7 months later...

Hello, In the 9th RS Battalion War Diary we learn that three Prisoner of War Companies, No.s 287, 332 and 323 were formed consisting of 80 men for the first two, and a remainder of 52 men for the third. These were indeed for the escort of German POWs.

'The second escort composed of 80 Other Ranks was despatched to the 332 Prisoners Of War Company on 20th April (Conducting Officer 2/Lieut. T.J.E. Barclay).' April 1919

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