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Cpl. (later Sgt.) Benjamin Albert Watson DCM, 282444, 2/4 London Regiment


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Ivor Anderson

Cpl. (later Sgt.) Benjamin Albert Watson DCM, 282444, 2/4 London Regiment

His service record does not appear to have survived. Trying to fill the gaps in his war record. :)

Born: 26 March 1891 Parents Benjamin Charles Watson & Mary Hill, 17 Temple Street, Hackney. Father a house decorator. Parents married 13 April 1873

Baptised: Holy Trinity, Dalston, 21 October 1891

1891 Census (11 days) 17 Temple Street, Hackney. Older brother Harry & 5 sisters.

1894 (3 April) admitted to Gayhurst Road School

1896 Father Benjamin died Q3, aged 44, Hackney

1897 (28 May) mother remarried - Stephen Rankin

1901 Census: 26 Lenthall Street, Hackney. With mother, step-father & siblings

1911 Census: 20 Gransden Avenue, Hackney, age 20, warehouse packing porter. With mother & step-father.

 

Entered France 30 September 1917 (MIC) -a transfer date? 

Previously Sgt. 5399, 4 London Regt. (Medal award page gives theatre service dates 24-01-17 to 19-12-17)

DCM listed in London Gazette 19 November 1917 for action on 20 September 1917 - Battle of Menin Road Bridge, 3rd Ypres/Passchendale. Citation in LG 30512, 6 February 1918 (attached)

This engagement is described in detail in the 4 London Regimental history.

1920 he became CQMS of B Company, 4 London Regiment

 

1923 ER - 20 Gransden Avenue, Hackney

1923 (25 Dec.) married Caroline Dunbar - both 'aged 32' (Caroline actually 10 years older, b.6-6-1882). He was then a ‘coiner in Royal Mint’.

1924 mother died Q3 in Hackney aged 73

1926 Oct. Benjamin Watson died at Brixworth, Northamptonshire aged 35. Buried Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, Hackney.

         (His wife Caroline was a widow at the time of her mother's death in 1938. Caroline d. in Brighton in 1970 aged 87).

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The report of the action of 20 September 1917 in the 2/4 London Regiment WD (NA WO-95-3001-9-) and the account of it from the regimental history:

(p.315 of the Bn. history records that 2/Lt. F. W. Walker was awarded the DSO, Capts. A. Grover, S. Davis & Lieut. E. H. P. Altounyan the MC, Sgt. Watson,

Ptes. Bolton, Austin, Anthony & Bull the DCM, and Sgts. H. O. Wilderspin & F. W. Tandle, Ptes. J. W Ling and A. Westcott the MM.)

 

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Ivor Anderson

DCM of Benjamin Albert Watson DCM, 282444, 2/4 London Regiment - for September 1917

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