Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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01/05/2020 02307
30/01/2019 WATSON – In sad but loving memory of 16082, Private Jim Watson, 10th Inniskillings, who was killed in action in France on 24th June 1917, age 25.
30/01/2019 ‘One year has now passed since he left us in sorrow,
30/01/2019 And sad was the shock we received on that day;
30/01/2019 But later we’ll meet him, to be with him ever,
30/01/2019 In the home of our Saviour who called him away.
30/01/2019 Nameless his grave in that far field of glory,
30/01/2019 He died in the pride of his youth and high promise,
30/01/2019 Far from his home and the land of his birth.
30/01/2019 His King and country called him, the call was not in vain;
30/01/2019 On Britain’s roll of honour is placed the hero’s name;
30/01/2019 Bravely he marched to battle, nobly his life laid down,
30/01/2019 He unto death was faithful, his now the victor’s crown.’
30/01/2019 Ever remembered by his sorrowing parents and sisters, Carmean, Moneymore.
30/01/2019 Only a cross over a mound of brown earth;
30/01/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd June 1918:
11/02/2017 James Watson was born in Moneymore on 3rd February 1891. He was one of four children.
11/02/2017 Family: Thomas Andrew Watson, Mary Jane Watson, James Watson (born 3rd February 1891), Mary Watson (born 4th January 1895), Eliza Jane Watson (born 16th February 1897), Margaret Anne Watson (born 19th November 1899).
11/02/2017 The 1901 census lists James as age 10, living with the family at house 13 in Larrycormick, Moneymore, County Londonderry. They were a farming family.
11/02/2017 The 1911 census lists James as age 20, living with the family at house 13 in Larrycormick, Moneymore. James was a farm labourer. His father was a railway labourer.
11/02/2017 James Watson enlisted in Donegal, probably at Finner Camp.
11/02/2017 James Watson joined the 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and went to France in October 1915.
11/02/2017 Private James Watson was killed in action during the later stages of the Battle of Messines on Saturday 23rd June 1917. He was the only man in the 10th Battalion killed on this day.
11/02/2017 Private J Watson is buried in Messines Ridge Cemetery, Belgium.
11/02/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 2nd July 1917:
11/02/2017 Private James Watson, of Larrycormick, Moneymore, killed in action.
11/02/2017 James Watson was the only son of Thomas and Mary Watson. Thomas Andrew Watson married Mary Jane Dunn on 16th April 1889 in the district of Magherafelt.
11/02/2017 Private James Watson is commemorated on Moneymore War Memorial and on the Desertlyn Church of Ireland Roll Of Honour.
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