South Africa Boer War and Great Watson family group to a possible father and son, the first a Corporal G. Watson, Military Mounted Police formerly 1st The Royal Dragoons, who saw service on operations in the Cape Colony during the Boer War, and was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in July 1903. His probable son, Driver G.H. Watson, Army Service Corps, was present with a Horse Transport Company out in Egypt from July 1915.
Queen’s South Africa Medal, one clasp: Cape Colony; (353 CORPL: G. WATSON. MIL: MTD: POLICE); King’s South Africa Medal, two clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (353 CORPL: G. WATSON. MIL: MTD: POLICE.); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Ed VII, bust; (353 CORPL: G. WATSON. MIL: MTD: POLICE).
Son’s group: 1914-15 Star; (T4-062248 DVR. G.H. WATSON. A.S.C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (T4-062246 DVR. G.H. WATSON. A.S.C.).
George Watson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and having worked as a labourer, then attested for service with the British Army at Edinburgh on 18th May 1885, joining as a Private (No.2629) the 1st The Royal Dragoons. Watson then transferred on 12th December 1892 as a Private (No.353) to the Military Mounted Police, and re-engaged to complete 21 years with the Colours on 31st May 1893. With the outbreak of the Boer War, he was posted out to South Africa from 15th October 1899, and then saw service on operations in the Cape Colony. Posted home on 12th November 1902, he was promoted to Corporal on 1st June 1903, this being back dated to 21st February 1903, and having been awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 27th July 1903, was then discharged on 17th May 1906. George H. Watson saw service during the Great War as a Driver (No.T4/062248) with the Army Service Corps, and was present with a Horse Transport Company out in Egypt from 11th July 1915, before being transferred to the Class Z Reserve on 16th August 1919.