Lt Victor Edward Watson


1899 Dec 23 Born Essex

1901 census at West Ham

1911 census at 46 Addison Road Wanstead, Wanstead, Essex,

1917 Nov 18 Probationaly Flying Officer with seniority from this date. He only got BWM and not Victory Medal

RNAS Record

RAF Record

1919 Jan 31. Hon Commission in RAF as 2nd Lt

1920 May 11. He married Violet Adelaide Parks at St. John’s, Leytonstone. Their only child, a son, Maurice. Watson, was born on 23rd December 1920. The marriage was not a happy one and in 1925 Violet petitioned against him for divorce, although this was later withdrawn. Violet Cullingford remarried for a third and final time to Frederick Henry Thomas Torode (1902-?) at St. Katherine Cree, in the City, on 23rd December 1928-described on the marriage certificate as “Single and Unmarried”. The son of her marriage to Victor Watson, Maurice Watson, assumed the new family surname of Torode when his mother remarried Frederick Torode in 1928 and became known as Jim. With the Second World War, Jim Torode joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. As Sergeant James Torode, RAFVR, he was killed in action on 10th April 1944 as a Flight Engineer with the loss of his Avro Lancaster of 576 Squadron– along with all his crewmates- shot down by a German night fighter while returning from a raid on the railway marshalling yards at Aulnoye, France, part of the bombing campaign against the French railway system in the build-up to D-Day.

1920 Dec 8. Joined ADRIC with service no 1199. Posted to N Coy

Fined 10/- by Coy Commander

1921 Nov 20. Posted to R Coy

1922 Jan 16. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1928 Jan 13. His wife divorced him. Decree Nisi

1931 Apr Married Mary Ivy Watson in Malaya

1932 July. Child born

1934 Mar 2. This appears to be him deserting his wife and child

1934 Mar 8

1934 Oct 25. He left UK for Costa Rica, where he intended living. He was a Planter of Delamere St, London

1945 Mar 4, Arrives in Florida. Permitted to stay in US for 1 year

1947 Dec 2 . He marrries in Costa Rica to Constance Mary Fosc Beart . The certificate uses the Spanish naming system. His mother was Elizabeth Allen, and his fathers mother would have been Kirl

1959 Aug 1. Arrives in US, corredt DOB. Living in Coasta Rica

1965 Feb 14 Died San Jose, Coasta Rica