Waterson, Henry (No. CH/1261 (S))

Waterson, Henry (Harry)

Private

No. CH/1261(S), 1st Royal Marine Battalion. R.N. Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry

Died of wounds on Friday 2 March 1917 (aged 22)

Buried:

St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France (Grave O. VI. C. 6)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Groomsport and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Groomsport Parish Church of Ireland Church

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Watterson.

Henry Waterson was born on 27 December 1894 in Groomsport and he was a son of William James and Jane Waterson (formerly Malone, nee McGuirk) who were married on 2 February 1888 in Groomsport Parish Church of Ireland Church.  William Waterson from Groomsport was a son of Henry Waterson, a fisherman.  Jane Malone was a widow and a servant from Belfast and she was a daughter of John McGuirk, a farmer.

The Waterson family lived at 10 Main Street, Groomsport.

William Waterson worked as a fisherman and he and Jane had two children:

Sophia Tanner (born 9 October 1888 in Groomsport; died 21 August 1969)

Henry (born 27 December 1894 in Groomsport)

They also had an adopted son named William Savage (born around 1891/1892).

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Harry Waterson worked as a fisherman and during the war he served in the Royal Marine Light Infantry.  He was severely wounded on 18 February 1917 and had to have a leg amputated.

Private Harry Waterson did not recover from his wounds and he was 22 when he died on 2 March 1917.  He was buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France.

Private Henry (Harry) Waterson is commemorated on Groomsport and District War Memorial; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 65); on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque (as Henry Watterson); in Groomsport Parish Church of Ireland Church and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.

Harry’s father, William, died on 2 August 1935 and his mother, Jane, died on 10 December 1938.