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  • Family gravestone, Nottingham General Cemetery, commemorating Thomas Edward. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2019).
Person Details
20 Feb 1893
Nottingham
Thomas Edward was the son of John and Emma Watson. His father was born in Crowland, Lincolnshire, and his mother in Docking, Norfolk. They had eight children: Mary A b. Doncaster, John W b. Doncaster, George W b. Doncaster, Emma C b. Doncaster, Ellen R b. Colwick Nottingham, Alice B b. Stratford Commons, Lillie/Tillie b. Nottingham and Thomas Edward b. Nottingham 1893 (A/M/J Nottingham). John and Emma were living in Nottingham by 1891 with their seven children: Mary (19), John (17), George (15), Emma (13), Ellen (10), Alice (8) and Tillie/Lillie (4). In 1901 the family was living at 41 Willerslie Street, Nottingham, in the parish of Meadows St Saviour. John was a railway engine driver. All eight children were still living at home; John (27) a confectionary traveller, George (25) a cabinet maker, Emma (23) and Ellen (20) both blouse makers, Alice (18) who was helping at home, Tillie/Lillie (14) a jacket finisher for a tailor, and Thomas (7) who was still at school. Their mother, Emma died in 1907 age 58 (J/A/S Nottingham). In 1911 the widowed John, now retired as an engine driver, was living at 21 Atlas Street, with five of his eight children; Emma (33) and Ellen (30) who were still working as machinists in the linen trade, Alice (28) who was the family's housekeeper, Lillie/Tillie (24) a machinist (mantles) and Thomas (18) who was a cabinet maker. Thomas emigrated to Canada before the outbreak of war.
In 1911 he was a Nottingham cabinet maker who became a car builder in Canada.
21 Aug 1917
24
60428 - CWGC Website
757465
157, Avondale Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario.
Private
Canadian Machine Gun Corps
10th Coy He is buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois (grave ref. VIII F 13).
Note: Meadows St George ROH gives initials as 'TW'. Inscription, family gravestone, Nottingham General Cemetery: ‘In loving memory of Emma beloved wife of John Watson who passed away (-). Peace after pain. [side panel] Also Thomas Edward their beloved son killed in action in France Augt. 21st 1917 aged 24 years. Duty nobly done.’ Nottingham Evening Post, Roll of Honour, 1 September 1917: ‘Watson. Killed in action, August 21st, 1917, Private Thomas Edward Watson, Canadian Machine Gun Company, aged 24, of 76 Turney-street, Meadows. We deeply mourn his loss. Father and all the family.’
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  • Family gravestone, Nottingham General Cemetery, commemorating Thomas Edward. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2019).
    Thomas Edward Watson - Family gravestone, Nottingham General Cemetery, commemorating Thomas Edward. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2019).
  • Headstone marking family grave, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2019).
    Thomas Edward Watson - Headstone marking family grave, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2019).