Andrew Kemp Watson RNR


1891 Feb 2. Born Leith, Scotland. His father was a Ships Captain. News reports on his father's death in 1921said he had been a captain for 21 years. The family grave has "In loving memory of my dear husband Andrew Kemp Watson shipmaster who died at Avenue House Gifford 23rd Oct 1921 aged 63 also our eldest son David drowned at Colcol Point Valparaiso 1st Sept 1901 aged 17 and John, Lieutenant RNR who gave his life for his country 14th Jan 1918 on Submarine G.8 aged 28 and of Barbara Galloway wife of the above Andrew Kemp Watson who passed away on 21st Aug 1941. "

1891 census in Leith

Barbara Watson Head Married Female 30 1861 Sailors Wife Midlothian, Scotland
Jane C Watson Daughter - Female 8 1883 Scholar Midlothian, Scotland
David Watson Son - Male 6 1885 Scholar Midlothian, Scotland
John G Watson Son - Male 2 1889 - Midlothian, Scotland
Andw K Watson Son - Male 0 1891 - Midlothian, Scotland

1901 census in Leith. His brother John G Watson was drowned on Submarine G8 during WW1, on which he was navigating officer

Barbara Watson Wife Married Female 40 1861 Marine Engineer's Wife Dalziel, Linlithgowshire
Jessie L Watson Daughter Single Female 17 1884 At Home Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
John G Watson Son - Male 11 1890 Scholar Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
Andrew K Watson Son - Male 10 1891 Scholar Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
Peter C Watson Son - Male 7 1894 Scholar Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
James K Watson Son - Male 5 1896 Scholar Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
Barbara C Watson Daughter - Female 3 1898 - Leith, Midlothian, Scotland

1912 Sep 20. Gains 1st Mate's Cert

1915 Aug 14 Commissioned Sub Lt in RNR

RNR Record

1918 Jan 17. Leaves UK for Hong Kong, he is living here

His ADRIC record says he was commended by Foreign Office for service in China

1920 Sep 9. Joined ADRIC with service no 512. Posted to K Coy

1920 Dec 1.Nicholas Prendergast was murdered by 4 Auxiliaries. Watson was named by the inquest as a suspect. He appears to have been arrested, but released

1920 Dec 30. Involved in the raid that T/Cadet S Baster carried out and blackmailed a civilian of £150

1921 Mar 26. Posted to Depot

1921 Sep 6 to 6 Oct on Leave

1921 Oct 6. Resignation accepted on 12 months service with RIC

1921 Oct 30 His father died

1922 - 1930 Seaman's card as 1st Mate

1924 Nov 26. Gains Masters Cert

1939 - 1945 Served in RNR as Lt Commander

1959 Died ATHELSTANEFORD, East Lothian, Scotland aged 68