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George William Annakin WATSON

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Surname: WATSON

Forename(s): George William Annakin

Place of Birth: Conistone, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Flying Corps

Battalion / Unit: 1st Aircraft Supply Depot

Division: ---

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1918-03-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. G. 1.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

George William Annakin Watson (born 21 July 1897) was the son of James and Emily Mary Watson, née Annakin. James was born at Conistone and Emily at Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe, Yorkshire.

1901 Conistone, Yorkshire Census: George Wm. A. Watson, aged 3 years, born Conistone, son of James and Emily Mary Watson.

1911 Appleby, Westmorland Census: The Grammar School, Battlebarrow - George William Annakin Watson, Boarder, aged 13 years, born Conistone, Yorkshire.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: 3/Am George William Annakin Watson, 75171 & 2nd Lt. R.F.C. Theatre of War first served in: France. K. in A. 7.3.18. Correspondence: Mrs Watson (Mother) 1, Bainbridge Road, Headingley, Leeds, Yorks.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 2/Lieut G.W.A. Watson, R.F.C. Date and Place of Death: 7.3.18. K. in A. To whom issued/Amount: Mother - Mrs Emily Mary Watson. £82 1s. 11d.

George is commemorated on Appleby Grammar School and Leeds University War Memorials.

A short biography of George is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered – Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

WATSON, Second Lieutenant G.W.A., aged 20, R.F.A., son of the late Mr. James Watson, Coniston, and Mrs. Watson, Bainbridge Road, Headingley, killed in action March 7, 1918.


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Lieutenant George William Annakin WATSON

Lieutenant George William Annakin WATSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Flying Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Flying Corps

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Surname: WATSON

Forename(s): George William Annakin





Rank: 2/LT Tp

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps



Died Date: 07/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:


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Surname: WATSON

Forename(s): George William Annakin

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps

Unit: 1st Aircraft Supply Depot

Age: 20


Died Date: 07/03/1918

Additional Information: Eldest son of James and Emily Watson, of Conistone, Skipton-in-Craven, Yorks.

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


WATSON Emily Mary of Kirkwood Tinshill-road Cookridge Leeds widow died 13 September 1939 Probate London 9 January to Harold Lacey retired traffic manager and Maurice Ambrose Wildman bank manager. Effects £99 8s. 5d.

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Lieutenant George William Annakin Watson

Lieutenant George William Annakin Watson

Courtesy of Iain Potts

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

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Appleby Grammar School War Memorial

Appleby Grammar School War Memorial

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

15 March 1918


We regret to record that Second-Lieutenant G. W. A. Watson, of the Royal Flying Corps, was killed in action on March 7th. He was the eldest and only surviving son of the late Mr. James Watson, of Conistone-with-Kilnsey, a well-known and respected member of the Skipton Board of Guardians and Rural District Council. Second-Lieutenant Watson was only 20 years of age, and when war broke out was an engineering student at Leeds University. In his eagerness to serve he enlisted as a seaman in the Royal Naval Division, and afterwards he was sent to an important position in a Leeds shell factory. This did not content him, and he joined the Air Service, passing out of his novitiate period at the top of his class. He left for France only a little over a fortnight ago. Though so young, Lieut. Watson had a genius for invention, and a new fuse and a new engine are being made to his designs. We extend the sympathy of the Dales people to Mrs. Watson, who is residing at 1 Bainbridge Road, Headingley; Leeds, and who has lost husband and two sons in the short space of two years, her younger son dying last September under an operation. A telegram of sympathy has also been received from the Army Council.

29 March 1918


A Memorial Service will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Conistone, on Easter Sunday at 2-30 pm. in memory of George William Annakin Watson, Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, who was killed in action on March 7th, 1918.

04 July 1919



Royal Flying Corps, eldest son of the late Mr. J. Watson, of Conistone-with-Kilnsey. Killed in action 7th March, 1918, aged 20 years. Enlisted as a Seaman in the R.N.D., joining the Air Force at a later date. Had a genius for invention and a new fuse and engine have been made to his designs.


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