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Herbert Gilles Watson

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Herbert Gilles AWMM
  • Surname
    Watson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Gill AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 523 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 March 1890 Military Personnel File CavershamDunedin Military Personnel File
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs T.M. Watson (mother), 'Wandilly', Belmore Road, Burwood, New South Wales AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
    12 December 1918 AWMM
    'Whilst on offensive patrol he encountered several Pfafz scouts, one of which he shot down. He has also in three weeks shot down four enemy machines and destroyed a balloon, attacking the latter at 6,000 feet, following it down to 1,000 feet, when it burst into flames.' AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 28 October 1914 AWMM Clerk/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Fighter ace credited with downing 14 aircraft including 3 balloons. Source: Australian War Memorial.

    Attended Southland Boys' High School, Invercargill, in 1903. Source: New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum (archive). AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    29 March 1942 AWMM
    Age 52 AWMM
    BrightonVictoria AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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