T/15176 Sergeant Stephen Robert Watson,

4th Divisional Train, Army Service Corps.

Died, France, 10 July 1918.

Enlisted at Burnley, Lancashire whilst residing at Manchester, Lancashire.

Buried in the Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France.

The Burnley News of 17 July 1918 reported: -

A HERO OF MONS

HAPTON SERGEANT SUCCUMBS TO PNEUMONIA

Mrs. Watson, of 32, Pendle View, Hapton, received a letter stating that her son, Sergeant Stephen Robert Watson (15176), Army Service Corps, died from pneumonia in France on July 10th. His wife, who at present resides at 44, King Street, Manchester, has also had a telegram confirming her husband's death. Enlisting into the Army Service Corps at the age of 20 the deceased served for five years with the colours and afterwards eleven years in the reserve, and was called up at the outbreak of war, and was in the retreat from Mons. For almost two years he was with the Indian troops, and always wrote of the numerous friends he had amongst them. He declared that a great many of them could speak English, and were the bravest of men anyone could meet. On receipt of the news of his death, the flag was hoisted to half mast at the Church School where he was on the roll of honour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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