The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper Arthur Watson|
Name of Ancestor: Arthur George Watson
Ancestor's date of birth: 13/10/1882
Ancestor's date of death: 1955
Cause of Death: Stomach Cancer
Service Number: 4931 Hampshire Regiment and 2279 Imperial Yoemanry
Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable Place of Enlistment: Duke of York's Royal Military School, Chelsea. UK
Unit: 7th Company 4th Battalion Imperial Yoemanry
Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: Detail not provided
Murray Page: Not applicable - did not serve in an Australian Unit
Contingent: Not Applicable
Ship: Not known
Other Boer War Service:
1. 7th Company 4th Battalion Imperial Yoemanry, Leicestershire Coy, March 1900 to June 1901.
2. Hampshire Regiment 25th April 1902 to 8th September 1902
Memorial details: Detail not provided
Decorations: Queen Cape Colony, Orange free State, Transvaal, SA 1901, SA 1902,
Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided
Reasons to go and fight: 5 Shillings a day.
Details of service in war: The Imperial Yeomanry were not well employed during the Boer War. Recriuted from mounted militiamen in the UK, they lacked the horse and bush fighting skills of their colonial comrades, thus were given mundane tasks where lack of real action and disease did little for their morale. This meant that when called upon to fight, the results were not always creditable.
Service and life after the Boer War: No details provided.
Name of Descendant: Lesley Watson, Newtown NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter