Topic: Watson, David

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A soldier of the Great War killed in action.

CWGC Cemetery locale history: The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea. The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. On 6 August, further landings were made at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched on all three fronts. At the beginning of August 1915, Hill 60, which commanded the shore ward communications between the forces at Anzac and Suvla, was in Turkish hands. On 22 August, it was attacked from Anzac by the Canterbury and Otago Mounted Rifles, followed later by the 18th Australian Infantry Battalion and supported on the flanks by other troops. It was partly captured and on 27-29 August, and the captured ground was extended by the 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th Australian Infantry Battalions, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, the 5th Connaught Rangers, and the 9th and 10th Australian Light Horse. The ground was held until the evacuation in December. The HILL 60 (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL is one of four memorials erected to commemorate New Zealand soldiers who died on the Gallipoli peninsula and and whose graves are not known. This memorial relates to the actions at Hill 60. It bears more than 180 names. HILL 60 CEMETERY lies among the trenches of the actions of Hill 60. It was made after those engagements, and enlarged after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from Norfolk Trench Cemetery and from the battlefield. There are 788 burials and commemorations in the cemetery. 712 of the burials are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate 34 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

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Watson, David


First Names:David
Last Name:Watson
Date of Death:27 August 1915
Place of Death:Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorial or Cemetery:Hill 60 Memorial
User Name:Selwyn Library
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Enlistment details:Enlisted at Ashburton
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Samuel Collinson Watson and Agnes Jessie Watson, of Barnego, Balclutha, Dunedin.
Service Number:7/1019
Rank last held:Trooper
Embarkation:17 April 1915
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Cause of Death:Killed in action
Other biographical information:NOK Mrs T. Hampton (mother), Templeton, Canterbury, New Zealand