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); Thomas (died in 1916); Sydney (born 6.7.1890, died 24.9.1920); Mary (born 1893, died 1894); George William (born c. 1894); James Thompson (born c. September 1894, died 13.11.1918); 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 Library. 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' 4 1/4''
Circa 1912, emigrated to Canada. 13.1.1916 enlisted Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada, aged 26 years and 6 months, into the 226th Canadian Expeditionary Force Overseas Battalion; 15.12.1916 embarked SS Olympic, Halifax, Nova Scotia; 7.4.1917 - 31.5.1917 14th Reserve Battalion, first at Bramshott then Dibgate; 31.5.1917 - 24.9.1917 served with the 44th Battalion 43rd Battery Canadian Field Artillery Force, France; 16.6.1917 field; 24.9.1917 transferred to 8th Army; 13.10.1917 ?colm?; 11.12.1917 rejoined unit; 10.6.1918 Good Conduct Badge; 12.7.1918 - 2.8.1918 leave to UK; 22.11.1918 5 days leave to Etaples (possibly for funeral of brother James who died at Etaples 13.11.1918); 1.3.1919 - 11.3.1919 influenza; 31.3.1919 hospital in Basingstoke; 18.6.1919 embarked HMT Saturnia, Glasgow; 1.7.1919 discharged Winnipeg. Went on to farm in Manitoba until his death in 3.2.1969 at Deer Lodge Hospital, St James, Manitoba.