Header image alt text

Jamie and Sue's Website

Arthur Watson

Biography of Private Arthur Watson, (202487)
2nd/4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 26th September 1917

under Construction


Arthur Watson

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Corby, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jul – Sept 1880

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England



Wife’s Name:
Mary Maria Falkner

Date of Marriage:

Place of Marriage:
Bourne District, Lincolnshire

Wife’s Date of birth:

Wife’s Place of Birth:

Wife’s father:
Charles Frederick Falkner

Wife’s Mother:
Eliza Ann Cartledge

Ivy Watson, 1909, Bourne
Raymond A F Watson, 1910, Edenham
Emily M A Watson, 1913, Bourne


Father’s Name:
John Thomas Watson

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Marston, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
General Labourer

Mother’s Name:
Fanny Christina Harrison

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Kirkby Underwood, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1876 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
James Harrison Watson, 1873, Kirkby Underwood
Mary A Watson, 1878, Corby
Arthur Watson, 1880, Corby
Sarah Lizzie, 1883, Corby
Emily Watson, 1886, Corby

1881 Census:
Arthur is living with his parents in the High Street, Corby, Lincolnshire

1891 Census:
Arthur is living with his parents in Stone Pit Terrace, Corby, Lincolnshire

1901 Census:
Arthur is not found yet.

1911 Census:
Arthur is living with his wife and 2 children in The Row, Edenham, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 20 and he is listed as a general labourer.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions

Grantham Journal Saturday 13th October 1917
KILLED IN ACTION:- Mrs Watson, of Hereward Street, Bourne, has received a letter from Pte. Hilton, of the Lincolnshire Regiment, stating that her husband, Pre Arthur Watson, had been killed in action. This has been confirmed by a letter from Second-Lieut. Percy Squirrell, stating that death took place on September 26th. The letter referred to the gallantry of the decreased, and expressed the deepest sympathy with the widow.

Grantham Journal Saturday 20 October 1917
Pte. A. Watson of Corby.
Pte. Arthur Watson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Watson of Corby was killed in action on September 26th.
The sad news was conveyed in the rolling letter from an officer to his wife:- “Dear Mrs. Watson- I am sorry indeed to have to tell you your husband Pte. A. Watson met his death whilst fighting gallantly in the attack on September 26th. He will be greatly missed by us all. He was indeed, a brave, cheerful and fearless soldier and we all wish he might have been spared. With deepest sympathy from us all” Pte. Watson had worked on the Grimsthorpe Estate for a great number of years and was held in high esteem by his fellow workmen. He was thirty-eight years old. He leaves a wife and three children, who reside at Bourne.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Private Arthur Watson, 202487, 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 26th September 1917 in the Western European Theatre.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
Arthur’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal

UK:Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private Arthur, 202487, 2nd/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 26 September 1917.
Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial.

More information:

Tyne Cot Memorial gate

Military Service Timeline:

Enlisted in Bourne

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.