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{{CaptRN}} '''Reginald James Newall Watson''' D.S.O., R.N. (17 November, 1877 – 5 April, 1930) was an officer in the [[Royal Navy]].
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{{CaptRN}} (retired) '''Reginald James Newall Watson''' D.S.O., R.N. (17 November, 1877 – 5 April, 1930) was an officer in the [[Royal Navy]].
  
 
==Life & Career==
 
==Life & Career==
Watson gained eight months' time on passing out of {{UK-1Britannia}}.  He was appointed to join {{UK-Howe}} in the Mediterranean in August 1893.  In December, he was transferred to the {{UK-Hawke|f=t}}.<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
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The son of W. Newall Watson of Liverpool{{ToL|Deaths|Tuesday, Apr 08, 1930; pg. 1; Issue 45482}} gained eight months' time on passing out of {{UK-1Britannia}} in July 1893.  He was appointed to join {{UK-Howe}} in the Mediterranean the following month.  In December, he was transferred to the {{UK-Hawke|f=t}}, which was also serving in the Mediterranean.<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
  
 
Watson was promoted to the rank of {{LieutRN}} on 31 December, 1899.<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
 
Watson was promoted to the rank of {{LieutRN}} on 31 December, 1899.<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
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Watson was promoted to the rank of {{CaptRN}} on 30 June, 1918.<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
 
Watson was promoted to the rank of {{CaptRN}} on 30 June, 1918.<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
  
On 6 November, 1918, he was appointed in command of the {{UK-Amphitrite|f=t}}.{{NLFeb19|p. 730}}
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In September, 1918, Watson was awarded the French Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur.
  
Lastly, Watson was appointed in command of the {{UK-Monarch|f=t}} in August, 1921 and remained in her until mid 1922.
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On 6 November, 1918, he was appointed in command of the {{UK-Amphitrite|f=t}},{{NLFeb19|p. 730}} during a temporary absence of Captain [[Cyril Peel]].<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
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==Post-War==
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On 1 February, 1919, Watson was appointed in command of the {{AU-Melbourne|f=tp}} for a passage to Australia, during which time he failed to impressed Commodore [[John Saumarez Dumaresq|Dumaresq]] with his efforts to control ill-discipline among the crew.    He remained in command until October when he was placed on half pay.<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
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In 1920, Watson attended a War Course and a Senior Officers' Technical Course.<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
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Watson was appointed in command of the {{UK-Monarch|f=t}} on 8 July, 1921, but was temporarily superseded four days later so he could be lent to command {{UK-Vindictive}} while ''Monarch'' engaged in trooping duties.  Watson re-joined ''Monarch'' on 18 August and remained in her command until mid 1922.<ref>Watson Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/44/342.|D7603126}} f. 385.</ref>
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Watson died "at sea" on 5 April, 1930.{{ToL|Deaths|Tuesday, Apr 08, 1930; pg. 1; Issue 45482}}
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

Revision as of 15:50, 18 October 2018

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

Life & Career

The son of W. Newall Watson of Liverpool[1] gained eight months' time on passing out of Britannia in July 1893. He was appointed to join Howe in the Mediterranean the following month. In December, he was transferred to the first class protected cruiser Hawke, which was also serving in the Mediterranean.[2]

Watson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1899.[3]

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.[4]

Watson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1912.[5]

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.

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]

In September, 1918, Watson was awarded the French Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur.

On 6 November, 1918, he was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Amphitrite,[8] during a temporary absence of Captain Cyril Peel.[9]

Post-War

On 1 February, 1919, Watson was appointed in command of the light cruiser H.M.A.S. Melbourne for a passage to Australia, during which time he failed to impressed Commodore Dumaresq with his efforts to control ill-discipline among the crew. He remained in command until October when he was placed on half pay.[10]

In 1920, Watson attended a War Course and a Senior Officers' Technical Course.[11]

Watson was appointed in command of the battleship Monarch on 8 July, 1921, but was temporarily superseded four days later so he could be lent to command Vindictive while Monarch engaged in trooping duties. Watson re-joined Monarch on 18 August and remained in her command until mid 1922.[12]

Watson died "at sea" on 5 April, 1930.[13]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Harold D. Briggs
Captain of H.M.S. Flirt
14 Jul, 1904 – 1904
Succeeded by
John Kiddle
Preceded by
Claude A. Rombulow-Pearse
Captain of H.M.S. Panther
27 Feb, 1913[14][15] – 16 Aug, 1913[16]
Succeeded by
Francis A. Clutterbuck
Preceded by
Kenneth G. B. Dewar
Captain of H.M.S. Marshal Ney
26 Mar, 1917[17][18] – Jan, 1918[19]
Succeeded by
Henry Luxmoore
Preceded by
Bernard St. G. Collard
Captain of H.M.S. Lord Clive
Jan, 1918[20] – 1 Feb, 1919[21]
Succeeded by
Wellwood G. C. Maxwell
Preceded by
Cyril Peel
Captain of H.M.S. Amphitrite
6 Nov, 1918[22][23] – 1 Feb, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
George P. England
Preceded by
Edward A. Rushton
Captain of H.M.A.S. Melbourne
1 Feb, 1919[25] – 20 Oct, 1919[26]
Succeeded by
Claude L. Cumberlege
Preceded by
Frank Powell
Captain of H.M.S. Monarch
8 Jul, 1921[27] – 12 Jul, 1921[28]
Succeeded by
Reginald J. N. Watson
Preceded by
Frank Powell
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
12 Jul, 1921[29] – 18 Aug, 1921[30]
Succeeded by
Cathcart R. Wason
Preceded by
Reginald J. N. Watson
Captain of H.M.S. Monarch
18 Aug, 1921[31] – 2 Jul, 1922[32]
Succeeded by
Francis B. Favell

Footnotes

  1. "Deaths." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Apr 08, 1930; pg. 1; Issue 45482.
  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. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  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. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 730.
  9. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  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. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  13. "Deaths." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Apr 08, 1930; pg. 1; Issue 45482.
  14. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  15. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 352.
  16. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  17. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  18. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395o.
  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. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 730.
  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.
  27. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  28. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  29. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  30. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  31. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  32. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.