David Henry Watson

RankLance Corporal 8/2172David Henry Watson
Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentOtago Regiment 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Military Service

Enlisted on 14th February 1915 and left for Gallipoli on 13th June, stopping at Egypt and arriving in Gallipoli on 9th August.  He fell ill with dysentery and jaundice in September, was evacuated to Malta on Hospital Ship Nile and arriving on the 8th September was admitted to St John’s Hospital, Sliema.  A month later he was sent to England and by 17th October he was in the 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham.

The Great Hall of Birmingham University in use as a ward during the First World War.

The Great Hall of Birmingham University in use as a ward during the First World War.

He was well enough to spend Christmas 1915 at home with his mother before rejoining his battalion in Egypt in March 1916 and embarking at Alexandria on the Llandovery Castle for France later that month.  The New Zealand Division with the 2nd Battn Otago Regiment in its 2nd Brigade took part in the later actions of the Battle of the Somme from September onwards.  The Battle of le Transloy occurred between 1st and 18th October and it looks as though Watson was killed on the first day.  He had been appointed L/Cpl (unpaid) on 8th September 1916.


1st January 1884, Glasgow

Death1st October 1916
Circumstances of Death

Killed in action
His school obituary records he was killed by a shell near Flers after the battalion captured some German trenches.

MemorialCaterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial
CWGC Information

Son of Mrs. David Henry Watson, of Strathadon, Troon, Ayrshire, and the late David Henry Watson, of Glasgow.


David H Watson (c1854-1906) & Maria Taylor (c1860-1942)

Father's Occupation

Stock broker’s accountant


Mabel D, Mrs Spens (c1882-), Laurence S (c1897-1918)




Glasgow Academy
Sedbergh School, Sedgwick House from September 1898 to December 1902


Contractor (according to family), Labourer, employed by Charles Gaukrodger (according to enlistment papers).

1891 Census

Ellangowan, Callander, Perthshire

1901 Census

Aldersyde Villa, Bentick Drive, Troon, Ayrshire

1911 Census

In New Zealand

Home Address

Mother’s address 1916 – Strathaden, Troon, Ayrshire

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Beta Lair 1
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Troon War Memorial
Troon Old Parish Church War Memorial

Other Information

Watson sailed from Liverpool for Dunedin, New Zealand on 18th September 1909. He gave his occupation as a mechanic. He settled at Whatatutu , North Island.
By his will dated 17th May 1916 he left his estate to his mother and in the event of her death, to be shared between his brother and sister.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Sedbergh School,   Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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