Watson, James Alexander (No. 2339069)

Watson, James Alexander

Lance Sergeant

No. 2339069, 2nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade Signals, Royal Corps of Signals

Died in service on Sunday 18 May 1941 (aged 24)

Buried:

Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt (Grave P. 5)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Watson family grave in Knockbreda Cemetery, Belfast

BIOGRAPHY

James Alexander Watson was born on 8 August 1916 in Dufferin Avenue, Bangor and he was a son of Samuel George and Mary Matilda (Min) Watson (nee Shortt, sometimes Short) who were married on 5 August 1907 in Donegall Road Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Samuel Watson, a clerk from Dromore, was a son of John Watson, a farmer.  Mary Matilda Shortt from Belfast was a daughter of James Shortt, a private.

In different official documents, Samuel George Watson’s occupation is listed as clerk, bank official, electrical meter inspector and soldier.

Samuel George and Mary Matilda (Min) Watson (nee Shortt) had at least six children:

Henry (born around 1907 in Belfast, from 1911 census return)

George Reginald Holmes (born 5 October 1908 at 26 College Square North, Belfast; died 26 January 1965)

Mary Sarah Emily (born 17 January 1911 at 30 Rochester Street, Belfast)

Lily Gertrude (born 26 June 1913 at 26 College Square North, Belfast; died 30 October 1964)

James Alexander (born 8 August 1916 in Dufferin Avenue, Bangor)

Mabel Henrietta (born 20 January 1917 at 26 College Square North, Belfast)

Their mother, Mary Matilda (Min) Watson died on 11 April 1956; their father, Samuel George Watson, died on 1 June 1958.

During the Second World War James Alexander Watson served with the Royal Corps of Signals and he died on 18 May 1941.

Lance Sergeant James Alexander Watson (No. 2339069) was buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

UNTIL THE DAY BREAK

AND SHADOWS FLEE AWAY

Lance Sergeant James Alexander Watson (No. 2339069) is commemorated on the Watson family grave surround in Knockbreda Cemetery.