Frederick William WATSON

Regimental number12/1020
Place of birthAshburton, Canterbury
AddressSurvey Office, Auckland
Marital statusSingle
Next of kinFather, F H Watson, Bank of New South Wales, Bulls
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rank2nd Lieutenant
Final unitNew Zealand Machine Gun Corps
FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialKandahar Farm Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No 25), nr Ieper, Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: F.H. and Margaret Watson, Bulls

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the 7th August 1915, at Chunuk Bair (Dardanelles), when he twice crossed a heavily fire-swept zone to carry forward ammunition. Later he brought in a wounded man under heavy fire.'
Source: 'London Gazette'

Mentioned in Despatches

'In connection with the operations described in General I. Hamilton's despatch dated 11 December 1915.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 28 January 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body

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