Captain J. Watson

Captain John Mitchell Watson, 1/ 4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action 13th November 1917 ,aged 27.  He was the son of Reverend J. Mitchell Watson of Leitholm and is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery. He fell in the successful assault on El Mughaz, Palestine. Casualties in the 4th KOSB were 4 officers and 31 Other Ranks killed in acttion. 138 were wounded. Hundreds of Turkish prisoners were taken along with artillery pieces and machine guns He had been educated at the Berwickshire High School and had studied Law at Edinburgh University before going to work as a Chartered Accountant in Edinburgh. At the time of his death he was acting as Adjutant. Before the War he had been a Lance Corporal in a Territorial Battalion , 4th Royal Scots in Edinburgh and he had been gazetted Second Lieutenant into the K.O.S.B. in January 1915. He was educated at the Berwickshire High School, Duns and is also commemorated on the Memorial Tablet placed in the new Berwickshire High School, Duns. His brother Norman ( see above ) had already been killed at Gallipoi in 1915. 

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