Parents: Joseph of High Side Farm, Bowbank (born 1860, died 1945), and Annie, nee Watson of Stoney Hill Harwood (born 1864, died 1945). Joseph was a farmer and carter. Both are buried at Laithkirk. Joseph and Annie had 13 children.
Brothers and sisters: John (born 1887, died 1950); Joseph Watson (born 2.6.1889, died 3.2.1969); Thomas (died in 1916); Sydney (born 6.7.1890, died 24.9.1920); Mary (born 1893, died 1894); George William (born c. 1894); Arthur (born 1896, died 1982); Elijah (born 5.6.1898, died 1938); Frederick (born 1900, died in the late 1940s); Agnes Annie (born 1902, died 1926); Phoebe Edith (born 28.1. 1904, died 2.2.1904); Rebecca (born 1907, died November 1925).
More details of the family history are available from The Bowes Museum Archive. Some family members married and lived locally as farmers or farm workers; some like Joseph Watson and Sydney emigrated to Canada (c. 1912/13), probably in response to the pre-war emigration campaign by the Canadian Government; and a possible 8 of Joesph's and Annie's 13 children died from tuberculosis during the epidemics that hit the dale. Several family members are buried at Laithkirk.
Height 5' 9 1/2''
Copy of service record available at The Bowes Museum. 21.1.1916 mobilised; 15.6.1916 embarked at Southampton for France; 15.6.1916 field Etaples; 5.9.1916 missing in action - wounded to Canadian field hospital, Boulogne; 8.9.1916 England; 12.11.1916 joined Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 4th Battalion; 14.1.1917 embarked for BEF France and joined Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 8th Battalion; 22.1.1918 - ?5.2.1918 on leave; July/August 1918 Abbeville; 28.8.1918 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Battalion, in the Field at Etaples; 24.10. 1918 wounded in action; 13.11.1918 died of multiple leg wounds.