Watson, Nigel Aves

Nigel Aves Watson was the fourth son of Richmond Watson of Chalfont Grove, Chalfont St Giles and of Blairhullichan, Aberfoyle, Perthshire.   His mother was Gwendolen Llewellyn Aves Watson, daughter of the Reverend Frederick Davis of Blairgowrie.   His brother Colin Irving Watson was also in Du Boulay’s from 1939-1943.

He came to Winchester from Orly Farm School, near Harrow.  A keen naturalist and a skilled  photographer, especially of nature subjects; a writer of verse; and a plucky runner across country, he left Winchester as a School Prefect in April 1939, and went for three months to Lausanne before moving on to New College, Oxford.

In September 1939 he immediately registered for military service, but was not accepted until 1940, meanwhile taking a War Degree.   After serving in the ranks he received a commission in January 1941 in 10th Royal Hussars and left for Libya in September 1941, seeing action against Rommel’s forces in January 1942.

He had a long battle with dysentery, after a bout of which he saw action at El Alamein in October.   Because of his illness he was offered a staff job but refused as he did not want to leave his tank regiment.

10th Royal Hussars were heavily involved in the Second Battle of Alamein, during which Watson was killed in action on 3rd November 1942, aged twenty-two.  His Colonel wrote: “Nigel had twice previously been recommended by me for a decoration. He certainly deserved one and had he lived would have got one. He was a fine and well-loved officer.

He was mentioned in despatches in June 1943 for his services in the Middle East between May and October 1942. He lies in grave XXIV.B.26 of El Alamein War Cemetery.




War: World War 2

  • Surname: Watson
  • Forenames or initials: Nigel Aves
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1933-1938
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: 10th Royal Hussars
  • Date of Birth: 8th December 1919
  • Date of Death: 3rd November 1942
  • How Died: Killed in Actiion
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: El Alamein War Cemetery: Grave XXIV.B.26