About this item
For sale is a WW1 (KIA) Killed In Action Victory Medal To Pte A J Watson 2nd/6th Battalion West Riding Regiment.
This medal is engraved on the rim: “266193 Pte. A. J. Watson. W. Rid. R” accompanied by its original full length victory medal ribbon.
Arthur was born in 1893, and lived at 5, Main St., Bradley, Keighley, Yorks. with his mother Mary Jane Watson before enlisting to serve in the British army.
Arthur James Watson was entitled to a ww1 British war medal and a ww1 victory medal. Unfortunately Arthur was killed in action before these could be issued to him, so they would have been issued Posthumous/ delivered to his next of kin. So these medals were issued on the 6th July 1920.
Arthur James Watson upon enlisting started at the rank of private but was promoted to lance corporal just before his death in 1917.
Unfortunately Arthur James Watson was killed in action aged only 24 years old on 13th of May 1917 in France And Flanders, whilst serving with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding
Regiment) Battalion 2nd/6th Battalion.
The final photograph shows a photograph of his grave stone, and the grave stone states; “in loving memory of Henry James Watson, died Nov 24th 1911, aged 41. Also Mary Jane his wife died September 28th 1942 aged 75. Also Arthur James Watson killed in action 13th May 1917”.
Unfortunately only the victory medal is present.
A brief history on the 2/6th battalions of the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) regiment, to get an understanding of what Arthur went through during the 1st world war;
In August 1914 the Territorial Force formed 2nd Line units, distinguished from the 1st Line by the addition of '2/' to the battalion number, the parent units taking '1/'. The 2/4th, 2/5th, 2/6th and 2/7th Battalions of the Duke of Wellingtons formed 186th (2/2nd West Riding) Brigade in 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division. The division's training was hampered by the lack of equipment and by the need to provide drafts to the 1st Line units serving overseas, but finally landed in France in January 1917 and served on the Western Front until the Armistice. It fought at Arras, Cambrai, in the Spring Offensive and the Hundred Days, and was the only TF division selected to form part of the Allied occupation force in the Rhineland after the war.
Accompanying this medal is 8 scans of his service records. Upon payment please let me know if you would prefer digital scans or printed copies. There is still plenty of research to be done on this medal!
These will be sent via royal mail 1st class signed for and dispatched within two working days.
Seller reference number J12
Box Number 1