Stanley WATSON (COWELL)

Birthplace
Brisbane
Resided
Drayton
Occupation
Labourer
Enlisted
21-January-1916
Place
Toowoomba
Age
19
Status
Single
Service No
2867
Rank
Private
Unit
31st Battalion, 6th Reinforcements
Embarked
12-April-1916
Place
Sydney
Active Service
Western Front
Highest rank
N/A
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
How Died
Killed in action
Date
17-March-1918
Place
Messines, Belgium
Cemetery or Memorial
Cabin Hill Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Notes

Also named on Drayton War Memorial.

 

Stanley Watson was born Stanley Cowell but adopted his father George Stanley Watson’s surname. He arrived in France in September 1916. A week later he was slightly gassed but spent many more weeks in hospital with other ailments. He was killed in action in Belgium on 17 March 1918 at Messines. He was 21. His effects were consigned to his mother aboard SS 'Barunga' which was torpedoed. Although all hands were saved, all the cargo was lost.

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