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Frederick Johnston Watson

In memory of:

Lieutenant Frederick Johnston Watson

June 10, 1916

Military Service






Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)


43rd Bn.

Additional Information

Son of Edwin Alexander and Harriet Elliot Lee Watson. Born at Arbroath.

Commemorated on Page 179 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

F. 3.


ZILLEBEKE CHURCHYARD is located 3 Km east of Ieper town centre on the Maaldestedestraat, a road leading from the Meenseweg (N8), connecting Ieper to Menen. From Ieper town centre the Meenseweg is located via Torhoutstraat and right onto Basculestraat. Basculestraat ends at a main cross roads, directly over which begins the Meenseweg. 2 Km along the Meenseweg lies the right hand turning onto the Maaldestedestraat. The churchyard itself is located 1.8 Km along the Maaldestedestraat on the left hand side of the road, within the village of Zillebeke.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of FREDERICK JOHNSTON WATSON– Lt Frederick Johnston Watson
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– Zillebeke Churchyard, Belgium ... September 2007 ... Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Frederick Johnston Watson– Frederick Johnston Watson's photograph from the University of St. Andrews Roll of Honour & Roll of Service 1914 & 1919 (printed 1920).
  • Obititary– Frederick Johnston Watson's obituary from the University of St. Andrews Roll of Honour & Roll of Service 1914 & 1919 (printed 1920).
  • Attestation Paper– Source: Library and Archives Canada
  • Attestation Paper– Source: Library and Archives Canada
  • Service book– The entry in the War Diary of the 43rd Canadian Infantry Battalion for June 10, 1916, states:  Casualties.  4 killed, 29 wounded.  (killed includes Lieut. F.J. Watson).  In addition to Lieutenant FREDERICK JOHNSTON WATSON (who was buried at ZILLEBEKE CHURCHYARD, Belgium), the three other members of the 43rd Canadian Infantry Battalion were Private JOHN HERKLESS WELLWOOD (Service Number: 153095), Sergeant JAMES THOMSON (Service Number: 420799), Lance Corporal ALBERT EDWARD HALL (Service Number: 420945) (all buried at MAPLE COPSE CEMETERY, Belgium).   Company Sergeant Major WILLIAM GIBSON LAIRD (Service Number: 420864) of the 43rd Canadian Infantry Battalion who is commemorated at MENIN GATE (YPRES) MEMORIAL is also reported to have died on June 10, 1916.  Presumably at the time the Diary entry was made, his status was "missing".  The fact that his name is inscribed at MENIN GATE (YPRES) MEMORIAL, suggests that his remains were never found. 

Source:  Library and Archives Canada. War Diaries of the First World War. War diaries  43rd Canadian Infantry Battalion
  • Grave Marker– Photo of grave marker
courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England.

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