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09/02/2017 In his will he left all to his mother, who was living at Church Street East, Belfast.
09/02/2017 William James Watson was born on 8th June 1897 in Caledon, County Tyrone. He was one of five children, four surviving.
09/02/2017 By the time of the 1901 census, William James was age 3, living with the family at house 9 in Knocknagoney, Ballyhackamore, County Down. His father, James Watson, was an agricultural labourer.
09/02/2017 Family: James Watson, Sarah Ann Watson, Catherine Watson (born 20th January 1893, Caledon), William James Watson (born 8th June 1897, Caledon), Samuel Watson (born 12th June 1901, Belfast), Margaret Watson (born 24th September 1903, Belfast), Thomas Watson (born 16th December 1907, Belfast).
09/02/2017 The 1911 census lists William as age 13, living with the family at house 24 in Knocknagoney, Ballyhackamore. William was still at school.
09/02/2017 William was with the Royal Army Service Corps for a time.
09/02/2017 William James Watson was the eldest son of James and Sarah Ann Watson. James Watson married Sarah McLean on 9th April 1891 in the district of Dungannon.
09/02/2017 Private W J Watson is buried in Ribecourt British Cemetery. Ribecourt was taken on the 20th November 1917 by the 6th Division, but at the conclusion of the Battle of Cambrai it remained practically on the British front line; it was lost in March 1918 and recaptured by the 3rd and 42nd (East Lancashire) Divisions on the following 27th September.
09/02/2017 The CWGC record Private W J Watson as the son of James and Sarah Ann Watson of 78 Church Street East, Belfast.
09/02/2017 Last Will and Testament of Private William Watson dated 13th April 1916:
09/02/2017 In the event of my death, I leave all I possess to my mother Mrs Watson, 78 Church Street East, Newtownards Road, Belfast, Ireland. Private William Watson, 16th Machine Gun Corps.
09/02/2017 Private William James Watson was serving with the 16th Company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) when he was killed in action on Tuesday 20th November 1917.
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