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Matthew Watson

In memory of:

Engine Room Artificer Matthew Watson

October 19, 1940

Military Service


Service Number:

A/1258

Age:

39

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Canadian Navy Reserve

Division:

H.M.C.S. Bras D'Or.

Additional Information


Son of Thomas and Mary D. Watson; husband of Margaret Watson, of Three Rivers, Province of Quebec.

Commemorated on Page 19 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HALIFAX MEMORIAL
Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 6.

Location:

The HALIFAX MEMORIAL in Nova Scotia's capital, erected in Point Pleasant Park, is one of the few tangible reminders of the men who died at sea. Twenty-four ships were lost by the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War and nearly 2,000 members of the RCN lost their lives. This Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and was unveiled in November 1967 with naval ceremony by H.P. MacKeen, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, in the presence of R. Teillet, then Minister of Veterans Affairs. The monument is a great granite Cross of Sacrifice over 12 metres high, clearly visible to all ships approaching Halifax. The cross is mounted on a large podium bearing 23 bronze panels upon which are inscribed the names of over 3,000 Canadian men and women who were buried at sea. The dedicatory inscription, in French and English, reads as follows:

1914-1939
1918-1945
IN THE HONOUR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE NAVY
ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY
OF CANADA
WHOSE NAMES
ARE INSCRIBED HERE
THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN
BUT THEIR MEMORY
SHALL ENDURE.

On June 19, 2003, the Government of Canada designated September 3rd of each year as a day to acknowledge the contribution of Merchant Navy Veterans.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial Stained Glass– A congregational memorial stained glass window by 'Charles William Kelsey' at St. Andrew's United Church, Cp 921 Succ Bureau-Chef, Trois Rivieres, Quebec
G9A 5K2 honours parishioners who died during World War I and World War II. 

1914-1919
John ??
J Fotheringham
S.M. G??

1939-1945
John Finlaw
Ernest C. Graham
John McKenzie
Richard H Parker
J.A. (Sandy) Smith
Stuart McL. Thomson
Matthew Watson
George W. Yeo

In grateful and loving memory of the fallen in two World Wars.

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