Thomas Russell Watson





Oct 5, 1891

Born at Colinton Alberta Canada


Jun 20, 1917

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

Ø      Number 2265933

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

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      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 



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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