Archibald Watson

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Archibald Watson
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 17 Apr 1889
Place of Birth Dumbarton, Scotland
Death unknown
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Place of Death Australia
Age at Enlistment 28 years, 3 months
Description 5'3" (1.60m) tall ; 124 lbs
56.245 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Presbyterian
Address Station House, Serpentine, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Archibald Watson
Military Information
Reg Number 3946
Date of Enlistment 9 Jul 1917
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 51st Battalion, 11th Reinforcements / 13th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 30 Oct 1917 ‒ 27 Dec 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A60 Aeneas
Date of Return 9 Oct 1918
Ship Returned On SS Leicestershire
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Serpentine Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal




Pre War

Previously reject due to defective vision in left eye. Also required extensive dental treatment.

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 9 Jul 1917 and was allocated to the 11th reinforcement draft for the 51st Battalion a week later. Archibald was transferred to Victoria for specialist training at some point as his departure point from Australia was Melbourne.

During the voyage to England he was admitted to the ship's hospital from 5 - 9 Dec 1917 with tonsillitis.

On arrival in Devonport, England he was sent first to the 13th Training Battalion at Codford, and then on 11 Apr 1918 he was transferred to the 12th Training Battalion. It appears that he did not go to France, and was never taken on strength by the 51st Battalion.

Married in the UK on 28 Jun 1918 to Elizabeth Young, a 28 years old Spinster Yarn Worker, of 439 Main street, Bonhill, Scotland.

On 30 Nov 1918 he was transferred to No.2 Command Depot in Weymouth to prepare for an early return to Australia due to "Contractive fingers right hand".

Archie was discharged by the 5th Military District on 15 Feb 1919.

Post War

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