Engraved gold watch fob : Captain H G Watson, Australian Flying Corps

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Newcastle
Accession Number REL27063
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Maker Grace Bros
Place made Australia
Date made c 1912-1913
Conflict Period 1910-1919

Nine carat gold watch fob engraved on the reverse side with 'N.S.P.C. / Light weight Champ / won by / H.G. WATSON / 2nd Boxing Tour of / 7/10/13 / presented by / F.W.J. Fletcher / Newcastle.'

History / Summary

Associated with Captain Herbert Gilles Watson, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. Distinguished Flying Cross gazetted on 3 August 1918. Citation reads 'Whilst on offensive patrol he encountered several Pfalz scouts, one of which he shot down. He has also in three weeks shot down four enemy machines and destroyed a balloon, attacking the latter at 6,000 feet, following it down to 1,000 feet, when it burst into flames'. 523 Sapper Watson enlisted in 2 New South Wales Signal Troop, 2 Light Horse Brigade on 28 October 1914. Departed Australia for overseas service in late December and underwent training in Egypt. He went ashore at Gallipoli at 7 am on 25 April 1915 and was wounded in the leg in August. Evacuated to England, he later transferred to the Australian Flying Corps, being posted to No. 4 Squadron, AFC on 5 February 1918. Watson claimed his first victory in April 1918 and had eight victories by the end of June. He was awarded a DFC in August and by early October when he became a flight commander, had brought his score to fourteen, three of these being balloons. Watson returned to Australia on 21 November 1918.