As we proceed through the years 2014 to 2018, I intend to publish the names of the fallen from Bishopthorpe in both Link and Bishopthorpe dot net in the month which marked the centenary of their deaths.
A hundred years ago, the Battle of Passchendaele had been in progress for less than a week. Two Bishopthorpe men had died on the first day of the battle, but another well-known man from the village was to pay the ultimate price on the 5th August, 1917.
As well as spending a few moments thinking of this man and his family, I hope that you find the details of some interest.
WATSON, Arthur Toward
Major, 21st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Died of wounds, on 5 August, 1917, aged 47, near Ypres, Belgium.
Buried at La Clytte Military Cemetery, west of Ypres, Grave No. II. B. 1.