Watson, Aubrey Wentworth Harrison

He was the only son of Harrison Watson and Ruth Appleton (daughter of William Blake). He went up to Clare College, Cambridge, in 1911 (his whereabouts between 1909 and 1911 are not known), and graduated with a BA in 1914.

He then joined the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He was gradually promoted to Captain and Adjutant, before serving as a Brigade-Major and DAAG (Deputy Assistant Adjutant General). He was awarded the DSO and MC, and twice mentioned in Despatches.

He was severely gassed during the war, and although he joined the Home Civil Service he was forced to retire in 1920. He contracted tuberculosis as a result of his gassing and died in February 1928.

He is buried in St Laurence Churchyard, also known as Catsfield, St Laurence Churchyard. An image of his headstone can be accessed here :


War: World War 1

  • Surname: Watson
  • Forenames or initials: Aubrey Wentworth Harrison
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1905-1909
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: DAAG (Deputy Assistant Adjutant General)
  • Date of Birth: 25th August 1892
  • Date of Death: 3rd February 1928
  • How Died: Died of Illness caused by Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Not listed
  • Decoration: DSO; MC
  • Burial Site: St Laurence's Church, Catsfield, East Sussex