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Oliver Cyril Spencer Watson
Birth: Sep. 7, 1876
Death: Mar. 28, 1918

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 2nd/5th King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, British Army. On March 28, 1918, north of Hebuterne, France, a counter-attack had been made against a German position which at first achieved its object. Lieutenant Colonel Watson was holding out in two improvised strong-points, when he saw that immediate action was necessary. He led his remaining small reserve to the attack, organizing bombing parties and leading attacks under intense fire. Outnumbered, he finally ordered his men to retire, remaining himself in a communication trench to cover the retirement. The assault he led was at a critical moment and without doubt saved the line, but he was killed covering the withdrawal. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on May 6, 1918. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery *
Arras
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Plot: No known grave; name on the Arras Memorial, Bay 1
*Memorial Site [?]
 
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Record added: Dec 08, 2004
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Oliver Cyril Spencer Watson
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Oliver Cyril Spencer Watson
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Oliver Cyril Spencer Watson
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- laurinlaurin espie
 Added: Nov. 4, 2013
Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Aug. 13, 2013
Rest in peace, Soldier. Thank you for your service and for your sacrifice 94 years agao today. May we always remember the high price of freedom you paid for each of us. You aren't forgotten because true valor lives on forever. God bless you!
- Sharon
 Added: Mar. 28, 2012
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