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Alexander George Watson – age 23 – Able Seaman (P/JX 277652) H.M.S. Laforey Royal Navy

Born 27/12/1920 in Sandyford, Glasgow. (Source: Naval Death record but cannot trace on GRoS)

Son of James Sellar Watson and Jessie Anderson Watson, of 23 Marwick Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow E1. (Source:: CWGC and the Glasgow WW2 Roll of Honour)

Missing in Action/Lost at Sea on 30 March 1944.

Commonwealth War Grave – Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

On 28 March 1944 HMS LAFOREY, an “L” Class Destroyer, deployed for patrol off west coast of Italy. On the 29th She carried out a hunt for the German submarine U223 north of Palermo, Sicily  with HM Destroyers Tumult and Wilton and was later joined by other HM Destroyers.

On the 30th after several hours of depth charge attacks the submarine surfaced and was engaged by all ships by surface gunfire. Despite being hit repeatedly U223 fired three torpedoes which hit the Laforey and sank her. Only 65 of the ships company survived out of a total of 247 on board. (Source: naval-history.net)


Alexander McCracken Watson, Distinguished Flying Cross – age 23 – Pilot Officer/Air Bomber (155594) 50 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Alexander was commissioned from Sergeant (984684) in July 1943 and was awarded a DFC. His Lancaster took off from RAF Skellingthorpe in Lincolnshire for a raid on Berlin but crashed in the target area. Alexander was buried at Kaputh but was re-interred in Berlin in November 1946.

(Source: London Gazette 17/9/1943 p.4181 & 17/4/1945 p.2102, aircrewremembered.com and CWGC)

Born 1920 Hutchesontown, Glasgow. (Source: SNWM and GRoS – Birth Register)

Son ?????? of 26 Ledaig Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow E1. (Source:: Glasgow WW2 Roll of Honour)

Killed in Action on 2 December 1943.

Commonwealth War Grave – Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.


Alexander Grant Watson – age 21 – Private (3311891)  Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) and No. 9 Commando.

Alexander was killed in a road accident when he was hit by a lorry while riding a bicycle between Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse-of-Fleet. He died in Dumfries Infirmary on the following day.

(Source: GRoS – Death Register and Dumfries & Galloway Standard 25/10/1941 p.4)

Born 1920 in St. Rollox, Glasgow. (Source: SNWM and GRoS – Birth Register)

Son of William and Agnes Watson, of 141 Cathedral Street, Glasgow C4.

(Source:: CWGC and the Glasgow WW2 Roll of Honour)

Died on Service on 20 October 1941.

Commonwealth War Grave – Glasgow (Riddrie Park) Cemetery.