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  cap badgePrivate Kenneth Watson

1/6th (Perth) Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service No: 268282

Kenneth Watson grave

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Family Information

Son of Robert and Ellen (Helen) McMath Watson of Braidwood, Carluke. From the 1881 Census - Address - Clydesbank, Lanarkshire - Robert Watson aged 43, Ellen Watson aged 41, William Watson aged 18, James Watson aged 17, Eliza Watson aged 9, Kenneth Watson aged 6, Ellen Watson aged 3. From the 1891 Census - Address - Braidwood, Carluke - Robert Watson aged 57, Helen Watson aged 53, Kenneth Watson aged 16.

Born / Resided

Carluke / 51 West George St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action on the 18/04/1917 at the Battle of Arras

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Warehouseman with Forbes and Morgan, Coatbridge previously an Agricultural Labourer aged 16.

Age

43 / DOB - 12/07/1874

Buried / Remembered

Arras Memorial (Bay 6), Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The MEMORIAL commemorates nearly 35,000 soldiers of the British, South African and New Zealand forces with no known grave. Most of those commemorated were killed in the Battle of Arras, fought between 9 April and 16 May 1917.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 02/05/1915 and were part of the 153rd Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division when Kenneth fell. The Arras Offensive 9 April -16 June 1917: Once again the British are called upon to launch an attack in support to a larger French offensive: the battles of the Chemin des Dames and the hills of Champagne. The opening Battle of Vimy and the First Battle of the Scarpe are very encouraging, but once again the offensive – often known as the Battle of Arras – bogs down into an attritional slog. Final attempts to outflank the German lines at Bullecourt prove terribly costly. Kenneth was formerly a Trooper with the 1st Scottish Horse (6698). This is how he is listed on the Memorial. See photos for Kenneth's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Arras Memorial Panel List, his name on the Arras Memorial. his previous Regiment the Scottish Horse Cap Badge and the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Cap Badge.

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