Lance/Corporal Harry Watson
142353 19th Machine Gun Corps
Formerly 12682 East Lancashire Regiment
Died of wounds 27th March 1918, whilst a prisoner
Lived at 26 Pine Street
Buried in Denain Communal Cemetery, France
Burnley Express 31/8/1918
Son of Catherine and the late Richard Frederick Watson
Harry is commemorated on a gravestone in the Haggate Baptist churchyard,
The grave contains the remains of his father Richard, and his father and
(Courtesy of Rex Watson)
I was very interested to come across your website concerning Burnley
and The Great War.
My family on my father’s side came from Burnley and ended up in
Leeds following the transfer of my grandfather by the Post Office, Telecommunications
Harry Watson was the brother of my Grandmother Gladys Dalton (Watson)
and is my great uncle.
Over the last few years I have tried to find out a bit more about him
and his time in France. The family always said he died at the Battle of
My understanding is that he was wounded during the early days of
Operation Michael and was taken prisoner hence his death certificate indicating
he was a prisoner of war and dying behind the lines in a German hospital.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that he was part of the MGC defence near
Villeret when the village was overrun during the German’s rapid
advance but I have to stress this maybe me coming to the wrong conclusion
based on incomplete information and hearsay.
Anyway the attached photograph was taken shortly before he died.
(Courtesy of Ian Dalton)