Edward Watson

Born 7.06.1885

Place Warsaw, Poland

Ethnic origin Polish?

Religion Roman Catholic

Mother N. Watson

Residence before arrival at Australia Served in the Russian Infantry for 3 years

Arrived at Australia
from Poland
on 15.04.1911
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Armadale, Kalgoorlie, Mornington, Perth, WA

Occupation Plumber (former trade), butcher

service number 873
enlisted 14.09.1914
POE Blackboy Hill, WA
unit 12th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916
casualties WIA 1915, 1916
final fate RTA 13.02.1917
discharged 28.09.1917

Naturalisation 1914


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The very first contingent [...] -- this First Fleet of the new Australian nationhood -- left Australian waters in early November 1914 with at least 12 Russians: the Finns Baer and Hiltunen, the ethnic Russians Arn, Kamishansky, Sast and Sindeeff, the Polish-born Markowicz and Watson, the Jews Zander and Levene, and the Russian-born Englishmen Ball and Dyson.