Watson, William Ernest (No. 245394)

Watson, William Ernest

Lieutenant

No. 245394, 145th (8th Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps

Killed in action on Thursday 31 August 1944 (aged 24)

Buried:

Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy (Grave XII. C. 5)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sullivan Upper School Holywood

Ulster Bank Memorial Plaque in Ulster Bank Head Office, Donegall Square East, Belfast)

BIOGRAPHY

William Ernest Watson was born on 4 October 1919 at 3 Ardenlee Gardens, Belfast, and he was a son of Thomas Edward and Jane Watson (nee Moffatt, sometimes Moffett) who later lived at 13 Wingrove Gardens, Belfast.  Thomas Watson was a shipwright and he and Jane Moffatt were married on 14 April 1914 in Macrory Memorial Presbyterian Church, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast.

Thomas Edward and Jane Watson (nee Moffatt, sometimes Moffett) had at least three children:

Edward (born 21 June 1916 at Aldergrove, Ardenlee Gardens, Belfast)

Sarah Kathleen (born 20 January 1918 at 3 Ardenlee Gardens, Belfast)

William Ernest (born 4 October 1919 at 3 Ardenlee Gardens, Belfast)

William Ernest Watson attended St. Donard’s School, Belfast before going to Sullivan Upper School, Holywood on 5 September 1932.  He left Sullivan in 1938 and worked for the Ulster Banking Company before joining the Army.

During the Second World War William Ernest Watson served with the 145th (8th Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps and he was 24 when he was killed in action on 31 August 1944.

Lieutenant William Ernest Watson (No. 245394) was buried in Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy.

Coriano Ridge was the last important ridge in the way of the Allied advance in the Adriatic Sector and Nazi German Forces put up fierce resistance.

Lieutenant William Ernest Watson (No. 245394) is commemorated in Sullivan Upper School and on the Ulster Bank Memorial Plaque (this plaque was unveiled on 19 November 1948 and is now located in Ulster Bank Head Office, Donegall Square East, Belfast).