Reginald James Newall Watson

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Captain Reginald James Newall Watson D.S.O., R.N. (17 November, 1877 – 5 April, 1930) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Watson gained eight months' time on passing out of Britannia. He was appointed to join Howe in the Mediterranean in August 1893. In December, he was transferred to the first class protected cruiser Hawke.[1]

Watson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1899.[2]

On 30 September 1900, Watson was appointed to H.M.S. Excellent to qualify as Lieutenant (G). He emerged, qualified Second Class in June of 1904 and joined the Junior Staff at Excellent. Taking time to command Flirt for the 1904 summer manoeuvres, on 3 January, 1905 Watson was appointed to the battleship Goliath as gunnery officer where the efficiency of the gunnery staff would reflect great credit upon him. Later that year, Watson was thanked for his ingenuity in inventing an Aiming Rifle. When Goliath paid off in June 1907, Watson spent the next eighteen months alternating between time at Excellent re-qualifying in gunnery and teaching gunnery at Shotley Barracks. In late 1909, Watson was made gunnery and first Lieutenant in the first class protected cruiser Powerful on the Australia Station. He remained in Powerful until she paid off in March of 1912.[3]

Watson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1912.[4]

Following some time as gunnery officer in Royal Arthur and Aboukir, Watson was appointed in command of the destroyer Panther on 27 February, 1913. In mid November, however, he was appointed to Gibraltar, operating out of Queenstown. He would serve in her until being appointed to Illustrious in November 1914.

On 26 November, 1915, Illustrious paid off. Watson was appointed in mid December to Vengeance.

On 1 August, 1916, Watson "ably" conducted the landing and subsequent defence of the captured port of Sadani in German East Africa. This coup was followed by the capture of Bagamoyo on 8 August, where Watson was awarded a D.S.O. after he conducted the landing and led the landing party and "carried it through in the face of unexpectedly superior forces with a dash & energy worthy of the highest commendation."

On 5 March 1917, Vengeance paid off. At the end of the month, Watson was appointed to Marshal Ney, to assume command upon her commissioning.

On 6 November, 1918, he was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Amphitrite.[5]

Watson was appointed in command of the monitor Lord Clive in January, 1918.

Watson was mentioned in despatches for his service in operations against Zeebrugge and Ostend on the night of 22-23 April, 1918.[6]

Watson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1918.[7]

Lastly, Watson was appointed in command of the battleship Monarch in August, 1921 and remained in her until mid 1922.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Claude A. Rombulow-Pearse
Captain of H.M.S. Panther
27 Feb, 1913[8][9] – 16 Aug, 1913[10]
Succeeded by
Francis A. Clutterbuck
Preceded by
Kenneth G. B. Dewar
Captain of H.M.S. Marshal Ney
26 Mar, 1917[11][12] – Jan, 1918[13]
Succeeded by
Henry Luxmoore
Preceded by
Bernard St. G. Collard
Captain of H.M.S. Lord Clive
Jan, 1918[14] – 1 Feb, 1919[15]
Succeeded by
Wellwood G. C. Maxwell
Preceded by
Cyril Peel
Captain of H.M.S. Amphitrite
6 Nov, 1918[16][17] – 1 Feb, 1919[18]
Succeeded by
George P. England
Preceded by
Edward A. Rushton
Captain of H.M.A.S. Melbourne
1 Feb, 1919[19] – 20 Oct, 1919[20]
Succeeded by
Claude L. Cumberlege
Preceded by
Frank Powell
Captain of H.M.S. Monarch
8 Jul, 1921[21] – 12 Jul, 1921[22]
Succeeded by
Reginald J. N. Watson
Preceded by
Frank Powell
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
12 Jul, 1921[23] – 18 Aug, 1921[24]
Succeeded by
Cathcart R. Wason
Preceded by
Reginald J. N. Watson
Captain of H.M.S. Monarch
18 Aug, 1921[25] – 2 Jul, 1922[26]
Succeeded by
Francis B. Favell

Footnotes

  1. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  2. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  3. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  4. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 730.
  6. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  7. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  8. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  9. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 352.
  10. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  11. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  12. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395o.
  13. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  14. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  15. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  16. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  17. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 730.
  18. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  19. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  20. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  21. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  22. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  23. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  24. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  25. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  26. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.