The six Watson brothers who enlisted were the sons of James Watson, a Stonemason, and Elizabeth Watson (nee Hunter), of 15 Sandeman Street, Partick, Glasgow. Three of them served in the Canadian Forces.


Their siblings were James, Richard, Elizabeth and Amelia.


Private Alexander Watson, Canadian Royal Field Artillery, was the fourth son born on 25 April 1885. He emigrated on ss Ionian from Glasgow to Montreal, arriving on 13 October 1907, and took up employment as a Plumber. He enlisted at Calgary on 3 November 1914.


Private Andrew Watson, 4th Battalion, Scottish Rifles, was the sixth and youngest son, born 1894.


Private David Watson, Toronto Highlanders, (served as alias 'Hunter', his mother's maiden name) was the second son, born 8 March 1881. On 6 September 1904, he married Annie Doherty at St Bride’s Church, Boswell Road, Partick. He emigrated on ss Ionian from Glasgow to Montreal, arriving 17 October 1910, and he took up employment as a Mason. When he enlisted at Lindsay, Ontario, on 30 November 1915, he stated that he was not married.


Gunner George Watson, Royal Field Artillery, was the fifth son, born 1887. He was married with a daughter, Abigail, born in 1911.


Private Hunter Watson, Gordon Highlanders, was the eighth son, born 1898. He enlisted on 26 June 1914, age 17 years 222 days. After he was posted, he deserted three times - on 1 March and 27 March 1915 and on 10 March 1916. He was tried by District Court Martial and sentenced to 42 days detention at the Detention Barracks, Perth. He was killed in action in France on 18 August 1916, age 18, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.


Private John Watson, Toronto Highlanders, was the third son, born 17 March 1883. He emigrated on ss Parisian from Glasgow to Halifax, arriving on 22 March 1910, and took up employment as a Stone Cutter. He enlisted at Valcartier on 22 September 1914.


Richard Watson drowned in the River Clyde in 1920.



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