12-549 CPL Clarence WATSON 12th York and Lancaster Regiment, Sheffield City Battalion.
Clarence WATSON was born at St Annes, Sheffield in 1891. The census record shows us that in 1891 he lived at Court14 No6 Hoyle Street, St Philips, Sheffield.
By 1901 his family had moved to Court6 No14 Ellison Street, Netherthorpe, Sheffield.
In 1911 he is shown as a steel forge worker living with family at 80 Morpeth Street, Netherthorpe, Sheffield.
At the age of 23 Clarence enlisted for service on 11th September 1914 at the Sheffield Corn Exchange. This was only the second day of recruitment for the City Battalion. He was given service number 12-549 and was now a member of the Sheffield Pals, the 12th York and Lancaster Regiment.
The 12th Battalion were trained at Redmires camp on the outskirts of Sheffield. The time would soon come to get into the action but for now Clarence would be content with marrying Polly TINGLE on the 1st December 1915 at the Christ Church, Attercliffe.
The time arrived and the battalion embarked SS NESTOR at Devonport 20th December 1915 arriving and disembarking at Alexandria, Egypt on 1st January 1916. The Battalion embarked the HMT Briton on 10th March 1916 and the following morning set sail for France.
On the 16th March 1916 the battalion entrained at Marseilles heading for the North Western theatre of the war in France.
It appears from the records available that Clarence did not take part in the Somme offensive of the 1st July 1916. He was wounded on the 17th December 1916 and admitted to the 95th Field Ambulance Unit with wounds to face and ear. These cannot have been serious as he was returned to duty on 26th December 1916.
Clarence served with the 12th Battalion from its inception until it was disbanded in February 1918 and he would end his service with the 7th Battalion York Lancs on 3rd November 1919 when he was transferred to the reserves. His given address at this time is 31 Oxford Street, Sheffield.