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VC973   Oliver Cyril Spencer Watson

Name   Oliver Cyril Spencer Watson   No.     POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   973   Awards   VC    DSC

Regiment   1st City of London Yeomanry commanding 5th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry


Now   47 Signal Squadron, Army Reserve

Rank VC Won    Acting Lieutenant-Colonel

Rank End Of Career   Acting Lieutenant-Colonel

Place Of Birth   Cavendish Square, London, England

Place Of Death   Rossignol Wood, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Location unknown, Pas de Calais, France


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone    Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   18 May 1918

VC Presented   1918 by General Officer Commanding Home Forces to his sister


P  Named on Arras Memorial to the Missing, (bay 7), Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

P  Memorial Plaque, St Mary's Church, Wargrave, Berkshire

P  Named on War Memorial, outside St Mary's Church, Wargrave, Berkshire

Named on School War Memorial, St Paul's School, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, South West London

P  Named on Regimental Memorial, The Crypt, St Paul's Cathedral, London

P  Named on Regimental Memorial, Memorial Chapel, Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey

By The Way…

A career soldier, going at 21 to Sandhurst, he took part in the Tirah Campaign and the Boxer Rebellion, until illness put him on the reserve list, he was recalled to the colours in 1914

VC Held By

Green Howards Regiment Museum, Trinity Church Square, The Market Place, Richmond, North Yorkshire, England



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BORN   7 September 1876

DIED   28 March 1918  AGE   41

VC Won   28 March 1918   AGE   41

Place VC Won   Rossignol Wood, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1918

The First World War