13 February 2020

CWGC Beechwood Cemetery Burials: William A. E. Watson

William Amadus Edwin Watson was the son of  Edmund Alexander and Rosa Madelina (Surflen or Swiften) Watson. The family emigrated to Ottawa in 1891.

Attestation was with the 130th Battalion on 26 February 1916, occupation as a musician and address 70 (later 150) Turner Street (renamed Cambridge Street) in Ottawa. He gave his birth date as 2 February 1890. A second attestation paper, in December, gave the birth year as 1884 and occupation builder. The civil birth registration is in the first quarter of 1883 in Shoreditch.

In June 1917 he was discharged from the Signal Training Depot in Kingston as medically unfit due to a cataract in his right eye.

He died of influenza on 13 February 1920 after a short illness and is buried in Plot 29, Lot 14, Grave 26 at Beechwood Cemetery.

His mother, Rosa, died on 11 February 1920 and was also buried at Beechwood Cemetery.

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