Watson, Edwin Appleby Record (No. 7046510)

Watson, Edwin Appleby Record (Edwin)

Fusilier

No. 7046510, 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in action on Thursday 18 February 1943 (aged 25)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar (Face 12)

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Fusilier Edwin Appleby Record Watson (No. 7046510) who served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was reported in the 13 March 1943 edition of the County Down Spectator.  Fusilier Watson was a brother of Cowan Watson who, before the outbreak of the Second World War, was a member of the County Down Spectator editorial staff.  During the war Cowan Watson served with the Tank Corps in Africa and his brother Harry served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

Edwin Appleby Record Watson was born on 9 May 1917 and he was the youngest son of Henry Cowan Watson and Mary Cowie Watson (nee Dewar) of 31 Cliftonville Road, Belfast.  Henry Cowan Watson, who was born in Scotland, was a linen merchant and yarn agent and he and Mary Dewar were married on 16 October 1902 in the Queen’s Hotel Dundee (after Banns according to the forms of the Established Church of Scotland).  They had at least four children:

Henry Dewar (Harry, born 4 July 1904 at 45 Manor Crescent, Belfast)

David Dewar (born 14 June 1906 at 31 Cliftonville Road, Belfast)

Cowan (born 4 June 1913 at 31 Cliftonville Road, Belfast)

Edwin Appleby Record (born 1917 at 39 Cliftonville Road, Belfast)

Fusilier Edwin Appleby Record Watson (No. 7046510) was 25 when he died, and he is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar.