Edward Clifford Watson

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Captain (retired) Edward Clifford Watson, D.S.O., R.N. (7 January, 1886 – 2 August, 1947) served in the Royal Navy and specialised in its use of radio in the Great War.

Life & Career

Born in Monks, Risborough, the son of Reverend J. H. G. Watson, M.A..

Watson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 June, 1906.

After serving as a torpedo officer in a number of ships, Watson was appointed to Vernon for wireless telegraphy experiments on 13 February, 1913.

Watson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 June, 1914. On 19 October, he was appointed to proceed to Bermuda to install a wireless station, arriving there on 28 December.

On 15 January 1916, he was ordered to return home as soon as he completed installing some Poulsen equipment at St. John's W/T station.

Watson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1918.

Watson was placed on the Retired List at his own request when his last appointment ended, on 5 December, 1922. He was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 7 January, 1931.

World War II

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry G. Moore
Captain of H.M. T.B. 54
25 Oct, 1906 – 1 Feb, 1908
Succeeded by
Reginald A. Yonge
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 054
Preceded by
William G. A. Shuttleworth
Captain of H.M. T.B. 111
1 Feb, 1908[1] – 27 Jul, 1908
Succeeded by
Henry V. Hudson
Preceded by
Geoffrey C. Candy
Captain of H.M.S. Truant
1 Jun, 1921 – 26 Sep, 1921
Succeeded by
David N. W. Joel
Preceded by
John W. Josselyn
Captain of H.M.S. Hawkins
8 Oct, 1944 – 16 Dec, 1944
Succeeded by
Arthur A. Havers


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1908). p. 399.