Captain Herbert Gilles Watson

Service Number 523
Birth Date 30 March 1890
Birth Place New Zealand
Death Date 29 March 1942
Death Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Brighton
Final Rank Captain
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 12 December 1918 on page 2349 at position 12
London Gazette 3 August 1918 on page 9204 at position 2

Herbert Gilles Watson was born in New Zealand in 1890. A clerk when war broke out he enlisted on the 28 October 1914 and was assigned to 2nd Signal Troop. He embarked with his unit on the 22 December 1914 on board HMAT Borda and then underwent training in Egypt. He went ashore at Gallipoli at 7am on 25 April 1915. He was evacuated to England in July 1915 with scalded feet. By 1918 Watson had transferred to the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), and was posted to 4th Squadron, AFC.

He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross on 3 August 1918, the citation for which 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". By early October 1918, Watson had downed fourteen craft, three of these being balloons. He returned to Australia on 21 November 1918 on board HT Suevic. Herbert Watson died in Brighton Beach in 1942.

Rolls

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
    London Gazette
    3 August 1918 on page 9204 at position 2
    Commonwealth Gazette
    12 December 1918 on page 2349 at position 12
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    24 May 2017
    Unit
    No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    24 May 2017
    Unit
    No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant

Timeline

Date of birth 1890-03-30
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date of death 1942-03-29

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