WATSON Lewis Turnbull
Regiment : H.M.S. President III Royal Navy
Service number : CJX174071
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 15th February 1942 aged 20
Buried : Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, England, Panel 59, Column 1.
Relatives : Son of Thomas and Jessie Robertson Watson, of Redditch, Worcestershire
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Redditch County High School now Trinity High School WW2 Memorial
HMS President III was a shore establishment. Based initially in Bristol and then in Windsor, it was the headquarters and accounting base for personnel on Defensively Armed Merchant Ships.
At some point Lewis Watson was assigned to the merchant ship SS Empire Spring. On 2nd February 1942 the ship sailed in convoy from Mersey bound for Halifax, Canada. The convoy dispersed on 15th February and the Empire Spring went missing. It is believed she was hit by a torpedo from U-576 and sunk with the loss of her entire crew.
The following information is courtesy and copyright of Trinity High School, Redditch and was taken from the Commemorative Memorial Book donated to the school by the RCHS Old Students Association:
Lewis Watson attended Redditch County High School from 1932 to 1938. He was serving as Leading Signalman to the Commodore on Atlantic convoys. Early in 1942 his ship was torpedoed and he was reported missing, presumed killed.
Photo in book.