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   Chaplain John Edmund Malone Watson M.C.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 17/01/2022
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 21st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge) (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 26/08/1886
Died: 10/04/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 31
John Edmund Malone Watson was the eldest son of John Watson and Beatrice Elizabeth Watson. He was born on 26th August 1886, the oldest of six children all born in the Charlemont area in County Armagh. He was the son of a Church of Ireland Rector of Charlemont. By 1911, John Edmund was living in Belfast. John was a Clerk in Holy Order. The CWGC records that he was married to Mary K Watson, who lived in Belfast. John Watson joined the Army and became a Chaplain 4th Class. Rev John Watson was serving with the Army Chaplains' Department attending the 21st Battalion Middlesex Regiment when he was died of wounds in France on 10th April 1918. Reverend John Edmund Malone Watson was award the Military Cross.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Haverskerque British Cemetery
  Haverskerque, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave E-11
CWGC Casualty 280003
Haverskerque is a village and commune in the north of France on the main D916 road between St Venant and Morbecque, two large villages south of Hazebrouck. From the centre of the village of Haverskerque (on the main road) take the D122 road to Merville. After 1.5 kilometres you enter the hamlet of Le Corbie. Continue for a further 500 metres then turn left onto Rue du Colonel Harrison. The cemetery is at the end of this track on the left hand side.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Royal School Dungannon Book 55
2 Armagh Dead in the Great War 168
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1 1901 Census lists Watson family Lists J Edward M as age 14 living with the family at house 1 in Keenaghan, Charlemont, Armagh
2 1911 Census lists John E M Watson Lists John Edmond M as age 24 boarding at house 37 in Rosemount Gardens, Clifton, Belfast
3 1911 Census lists Watson family Lists William as age 13, living with the family at house 24 in Knocknagoney, Ballyhackamore, Down
4 1911 Census lists Watson family Does not list John Edmond as living with the family at house 27 in Keenaghan, Charlemont, Armagh
5 Photo of Rev John Watson's family gravestone in Moy
6 Photo of Rev John Watson's gravestone
7 London Gazette - 13/09/1918 Supplement: 30901 Page: 11031 - Military Cross
8 National Archives UK Mentioned in Dispatches Card can be purchased here
9 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
10 St Jamesís C of I, Antrim Road, Belfast Lists John Edmond Watson on it's War Memorial
11 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rev John Watson's gravestone can be purchased here
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