2nd Lieut L.C. Watson
Name : Watson Brothers
Sons of Sidney Phillip Thomas Watson and Sophia Watson (née Boxall), of The Dormers, Seaview, Isle of Wight.
Laurence Charles Watson, born 1893, Ryde
Alec Philip Watson, born 1894, Ryde
Census information :
1901 : Sidney and Sophie Watson, with sons Lawrence and Alec, are at Meadow Bank, Stein Road, St Helens, Sea View. Sidney Watson is a Grocer.
1911 : Sidney and Sophie Watson, with son Alec aged 16, are at The Dormers, Steyne Road, St Helens, Sea View. Sidney Watson is a Grocer. Laurence Watson has not yet been located on the 1911 Census.
Service Details :
2nd Lieut. Laurence Charles Watson, 1/8th Bn Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles).
2nd Lieut. Alec Philip Watson, 3rd Bn attd. 2nd Bn. Hampshire Regiment.
(see obituary for further details)
Casualty Details :
Lieut. Laurence Charles Watson
Died 12 August 1915 aged 22, Gallipoli
Commemorated at : Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lieut. Alec Philip Watson
Died 14 April 1917 aged 22
Buried at : Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France
Commemorated on these Memorials :
Seaview War Memorial
St Peter's Church, Seaview, War Memorial
St Peter's Church, Seaview, Watson Memorial Window
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle (WATSON A)
Isle of Wight Rifles War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle (L.C. WATSON)
Isle of Wight Rifles War Memorial, Drill Hall, Newport (L.C. WATSON)
Portsmouth Grammar School (WATSON L.C.)
Photo Gallery :
Officers of the 1/8th Bn Hampshire Regiment in 1915 illustrated in The Hampshire Regimental Journal Oct 1915.
14 of the 29 Officers pictured died in WW I. Click image to enlarge.
Documents and Newspaper cuttings :
ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY
Friday, August 27, 1915 Page 5
Isle of Wight Rifles.
SERIOUS NEWS REGARDING SEVERAL OFFICERS.
The anxiety which has existed during the last few days regarding the Imperial Service Battalion of the Isle of Wight Rifles - the 8th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment (T.F.) - is still unrelieved. Following the announcement that Rifleman Wray, of Newport, had died as the result of wounds, came the inclusion in the official lists published on Monday of the name of 2nd Lieut. A.G.A. Sutton among the wounded. These two facts clearly indicated that the Rifles had either been in action or had been fired upon in an attempted landing. Since then we regret to announce that more serious news has been received, no fewer than eight of the officers of the battalion being reported as missing and believed to be killed. The names of the eight officers are: -
Major E.H. Lewis (second in command)
Captain D.W. Ratsey
Captain C. Ratsey
Captain A. Holmes Gore
Captain G.C. Loader
Lieut. A.C. Young-James
2nd Lieut. L.C. Watson
2nd Lieut. F.C.M. Raymond
Of course there is still a hope that some of the above officers may have been taken prisoners by the Turks whose record in the treatment of their prisoners is far better than that of the Germans. Very naturally the question repeatedly asked is "If the officers have suffered so badly what has been the fate of the N.C.O.'s and men?" We trust there may soon be an end to the existing suspense.
Isle of Wight County Press
Saturday, August 28, 1915
Lieut. Lawrence Chas. Watson, who is reported as "missing, believed killed" on the 12th inst., was 22 years of age and was the eldest son of Mr. Sidney Watson, of Messrs. Watson Bros., Seaview. He was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, and served in the Training Corps of that school. Previous to joining the Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps, he was studying for the consular service. He obtained his commission in the I.W. Rifles in April.
Isle of Wight County Press
Saturday, April 21, 1917
Killed in Action &c
WATSON - April 14, died of wounds in France, 2nd-Lieut. Alec Watson, Hants Regiment, only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Watson, of The Dormers, Seaview, aged 22.
From the National Probate Calendar 1917 :
Further Information :
Inns of Court OTC Berkhamsted
Inns of Court OTC Berkhamsted memorial (1)
Inns of Court OTC Berkhamsted memorial (2)
Inns of Court OTC Berkhamsted memorial (3)
Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research
Ann Riley for the Officers group photo
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