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Samuel Watson was born in Ballarat and was a Batteryman when he enlisted in the No 4 Tunnelling Company and 1st Reinforcements (May 1916) on 6 March 1916 at the age of 40. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 25 May 1916. He disembarked at Plymouth, England, on July 18th. A little more than a month later he was deployed to France and in late September he was transferred to the 5th Australian Tunnelling Company. He served without significant incident until June 1917 when he was hospitalised for the first time with arthritis in the knees. Arthritis and rheumatism continued to trouble him and by May 1918 he was deemed unfit for active service. He departed from England on the HT Barambah on July 31st, disembarked at Melbourne on July 31st 1918 and was discharged three weeks later as medically unfit – rheumatism.
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