Thomas Russell Watson
21st Battalion CEF

 

 

 

 

Oct 5, 1891

Born at Colinton Alberta Canada

 

Jun 20, 1917

Attested into the 4th Divisional Signal Company, Canadian Engineers at Toronto Ontario 

      Number 2265933

      Next of kin given as Thomas Watson (father) of Colinton Alberta Canada

      Previous occupation given as Farmer

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as Presbyterian

 

Nov 24, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia

  

 

Dec 7, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England

 

Dec 8, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the CETD (Canadian Engineers Training Depot) at Seaford

 

Dec 19, 1917

TOS the 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford

 

Jan 13, 1918

Admitted to No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne with measles and placed in isolation

 

Feb 4, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom

 

Feb 15, 1918

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford

 

Feb 18, 1918

Discharged from hospital to duty with 6th Reserve Battalion

 

Apr 12, 1918

Will made out dividing his estate equally amongst Mr Thomas Watson, Mrs Catharine R Watson, Mr H Bertram Watson, Miss Cecilia B Watson, Miss Helen E Watson and Mr William S Watson, all of Colinton Alberta Canada

 

May 10, 1918

Proceeded to France with a draft for the PPCLI

 

May 11, 1918

Arrived at 3rd CBD (Canadian Base Depot) and TOS the PPCLI

 

May 23, 1918

Arrived at the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)

 

Jun 5, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

 

Jun 6, 1918

TOS 21st Battalion

 

Jun 8, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The following is from the 21st Battalion War Diary:

 A draft of twenty Other Ranks arrived from the 3rd Divisional Wing, CCRC.  These Other Ranks had been despatched from England as reinforcements for Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.” 

 

Aug 28, 1918

Admitted to 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to face and left hand, then transferred to No 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)

 

Aug 29, 1918

Transferred to No 12 Stationary Hospital then transferred to No 23 “AT” (Ambulance Transport)

 

Aug 30, 1918

Transferred to No 22 General Hospital Camiers France

 

Sep 7, 1918

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples France

 

Sep 9, 1918

Transferred to No 10 Convalescent Depot at Ecault

 

Sep 15, 1918

Transferred to No 5 Rest Camp

 

Sep 17, 1918

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and posted to “A” Company for convalescing wounded

 

Sep 25, 1918

Arrived at CCRC

 

Sep 26, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion from hospital

 

Oct 11, 1918

Killed In Action

  

Niagara Cemetery

Iwuy France

 

Dec 30, 1920

Scroll sent to Mr Thomas Watson (father) of Colinton Alberta

 

Feb 10, 1922

Plaque sent to Mr Thomas Watson (father) of Colinton Alberta

 

Feb 13, 1922

Plaque returned

 

Mar 9, 1922

Plaque resent

 

Apr 24, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Mr Thomas Watson (father) of Colinton Alberta 

Memorial Cross sent to mother, Mrs Thomas Watson at the same address, but the date for this is unreadable in the file

 

Feb 9, 1923

Plaque returned

 

Mar 23, 1923

Plaque resent 

The Plaque was sent to the same address each time and I assume it was returned because of a fault or an error in the inscription 

 

2010

For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Thomas Watson being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

 

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