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WHL WATSON DSO DCM - BACKGROUND INFO

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I am trying to find soem background info on WHL Watson, who wrote "Adventures of a Despatch Rider" and "A Company of Tanks". His wriiting is superb BUT

Try as I might, I am having difficulyy tracking down much of his life through service records. <_<

I know that he was awarded the DCM, presumably for his work as a DR during the 1914 Camapign but can't find his citation in the Gazette. Nor can I get his commissioning date (early - mid 1915) or any other service details even though I know he commanded aa Compayy of Cyclists in XI Corps Cyclist Bn, then a Tank Company in C Bn at Bullecourt and Cambrai and ended up commanding 4th Carrier Coy of the Tank Corps.

Any background info would be much appreciated

Stephen

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delta

Gareth - a brilliant start ; thank you
It's interesting that the DCM only appears as he retires although it is shown on the front cover of the "Adventures"

Stephen

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delta

Gareth Wonderful - I wont ask you how did it as you are clearly a master and such skills should remain trade (or should that be "Guild") secrets !! I must clearly just "muggle" on

Furthermore, you have answered the question that was stumiping me; how to get his Christian names and here they are: William Henry Lowe Watson

Thank you indeed for your trouble

Stephen

Notes; Born 3 Aug 1891 at 98 Victoria Street, Westminster, London; the second son of the Rev Patrick and Mrs Watson, died at White Cottage, Drax Avenue, Wimbledon, 6 Dec 1932; Details of Will in Times shows assitant secretary Ministry of Labour 1932; of Wimbledon - net value of estate £6,793

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Stebie9173

DCM Citation, Sir?

LG 1-4-1915

For conspicuous gallantry and resource on numerous occasions in carrying messages under shell and line fire, especially on the Aisne and at Givenchy.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...;selHonourType=

Steve.

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welshdoc

Nice one Stebie :P

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delta

THE master speaks - thanx steve :)

Stephen

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delta

Gentlemen; here is his obituary

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Stebie9173

Someone's been playing with his new Online Resource!

Nice detail on his career there....

Steve.

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Coldstreamer

debretts 1924

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delta

Thanks for the help fellas - I'm having fun but have a long way to go

S

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Mark Hansen

Has anyone seen "Tales of a gaspipe officer" as mentioned in the obituary?

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delta

nope but (care of the Times) i recently found the birth date of his son !

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Yeomans

Stephen,

I have only just joined the Forum but was interested in this posting you made back in May 2007. My interest is in First Bullecourt and in particular the tank action there. I have quite a lot of info. on Watson and was in contact with his son a few years back.

Nick

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delta

Nick - welcome to the Forum

Sharing is what the forum does best - hope you enjoy your stay!

Stephen

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Yeomans

Stephen

Thank you for the welcome.

Given the date of your original posting I imagine you have completed your search for information on Watson and will have got a copy of his service record etc. I never did manage to get a photograph of him but 6 ft 5 1/2 inches must have been a bit of a sqeeze in a Mk II !

Nick

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delta

Nick - acutally I have been diverted away from Watson by my work on the First Tank Crews (see my website) and have not got to Kew for his record.

He was not the only tall officer in his company - Swears was 6 ft 6 as well!

Stephen

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Yeomans

Stephen

What is the web site address ?

Nick

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Yeomans

Stephen,

Great web-site. I have posted a note there re. Gunner Henry Leat.

Regards

Nick

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delta

Nick thanks for the info

Here is an extract from the Aldersht News on Fri JUn 1917 which you may find of interest

Stephen

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Marticelli

This is my first substantive post to this forum, and as a newcomer you will bear with me if this post is in the wrong place I hope! I am researching the history of the 5th Signals Coy Royal Engineers during the first months of the war, and have managed to obtain the medals and albums belonging to the Burney brothers, Alick and Cecil, who were members of the same group of despatch riders written about so eloquently by WHL Watson in his book, 'Adventures of a Despatch Rider'.

Although my main interest is in early vehicles, having made this momentous discovery, we are looking to find living relatives of any of the members of this august group of men, whose identities were masked by nicknames in the book, such as Grimers, Fatters, Pollers, Sadders, Huggie, Spuggie etc. We have done some genealogical research and have located a few good contacts, but I note that an earlier contributor to this thread has spoken to Willie Watson's son, presumably still living. I am hopeful we can do more detailed research with a view to making a documentary about the life of Great War despatch riders. I would be grateful for any information readers of this post can offer to help our research. Once I have figured out how to do so, I will try and post some pictures of those mentioned above on this forum. Meantime I have tried to attach a thumbnail of Willie Watson smoking his favourite pipe.

Looking forward to a favourable response.

Martin Shelley,

OEC and Blackburne Marque Specialist, VMCC

(Email me)

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delta

Martin

Welcome to the Forum - its good to have you with us

It's the first time I have seen an image of Willie Watson - thanks for posting it.

If you are unsure, I can open a new thread, under units, on 5th Division Signal Company motorcyclist and you can reply and add the info

Stephen

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