Māori › Herbert Gilles Watson Born 30 March 1890 - Died 29 March 1942 PDF Key details Service numberWWI 523 AWMM Also known asGill AWMM Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Army AWMM Last rankWW1 Captain/Military AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Enquire Lay a poppy Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesHerbert Gilles AWMM SurnameWatson AWMM Ingoa Also known asGill AWMM Service numberWWI 523 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe ReligionChurch of England, Christian AWMM Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Birth30 March 1890 Military Personnel File Caversham, Dunedin Military Personnel File Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Address before enlistment Post war occupationHorse Breeder/Civilian AWMM Next of kin on embarkationWW1 Mrs T.M. Watson (mother), 'Wandilly', Belmore Road, Burwood, New South Wales AWMM Relationship statusSingle/WWI AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaign1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Army AWMM Service numberWWI 523 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ TransfersAustralian Flying Corps, No. 4 Squadron New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum Military decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsDistinguished 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 Contribute › Military training Branch Trade Proficiency EnlistmentWW1 28 October 1914 AWMM Clerk/Civilian AWMM Occupation before enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 Vessel was Borda AWMM Sapper AWMM Australian Imperial Force AWMM WW2 Royal Australian Air Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date Liberation Repatriation POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW1 Captain/Military AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Contribute › Death29 March 1942 AWMM Age 52 AWMM Brighton, Victoria 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 Contribute › Memorial name Roll of Honour Remember Herbert Gilles Watson by laying a poppy. Herbert Charles Watson Herbert East Watson Herbert Gilles Watson Herbert Leonard Watson Herbert MacDonald Watson Lay a poppy for 2021 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Herbert Gilles Watson Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCaptain Herbert Gilles Watson, Australian War Memorial https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P11013436 Further Reference Herbert Gilles Watson, Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Gilles_Watson Further Reference DocumentsAIF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.Online Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.