Gilbert Thomas WATSON

Gilbert Thomas Watson was born in Rushford in 1888, the son of Fred and Annie Maria Watson, and enlisted in the Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment in Norwich on 10th December 1915.

Posted to France in July the next year, he joined the 7th Battalion on 17th July 1916.

He was posted missing on 28 September 1916 and presumed dead by the next day. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme and on the memorial in Weeting church.

On enlistment he gave his next-of-kin as his Mother "Anne" with an address in Weeting. After the war, his medals were sent to Fred and Annie. Their address in 1919 was Guildhall Street, Thetford.

Victory Medal

British War Medal

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