Robert James Watson

1876  Born 7th. February,  Highgate, Middlesex

1895 28th. January enrolled in the 2nd. Middlesex Volunteer Artillery
No. 3134, Battery 6                                              

1900 4th.  January   Corporal Watson joined City of London Imperial
Volunteers  (CIV Private No. 1159) as one of the 24 men of the 2nd.
Middlesex Vol. Art. Contingent.  Posted to the 1st. Company
Mounted Infantry.    Granted, as part of the CIV, the City Freedom
(number 522) in January 1900.      11th. Jan. mounted infantry
inspected by General Trotter   at Drill Hall,  Bunhill Rows

13th. January departed on the 'Briton' for Cape Town, arriving on
the 29th.   Moved up to Enslin and then engaged in various
operations.   20th. February part of the siege of Paardeberg,  then
mixed operations until May 5th, when invalided home with enteric
fever [typhoid].  His name appearing in the 'City Press' of 22nd. June
as having recently returned.    

30/11/1900  CoLIV disbanded on return from South Africa   

1901,13th. April fully recovered so Robert joined the 24th. Battalion
Imperial Yeomanry as a member of the Metropolitan Mounted
Rifles.     April   'Crossing-the-Line' Certificate   on way to South
Africa. Served as Adjutant, and Staff Officer to Col. Bryne - the
founder of the MMR,  on General French's staff             

During this time he commanded a column of Scouts and was C/O of
a squadron of Imperial Yeomanry in the Transvaal.  Rank of
Lieutenant on his King's S.A. medal.   It is noted that he was
reported as "missing, but since returned" in the Casualty Lists on
25th. Dec. '01 [this phrase usually infers that a man was captured
by the Boers but later escaped or was released by them].

He was attached to the Army Service Corps from 23/12/1901 until
3/5/1902 on which day the Peace Treaty of Vereeniging was signed
and finally resigned on1st. October 1902.

1903     joined the Calcutta Volunteer Rifles and later worked with
the Indian judiciary for which he was granted the right to wear a
civilian dress uniform in 1920   (which shows his medals)

1911    Colour Sergeant, No. 7190    2nd. Battalion Calcutta
Volunteer Rifles

Queen's South Africa medal with clasps 'Cape Colony' + 'Paardeberg
(for time with CoLIV)     

King's South Africa medal  (inscribed Lt. I.Y.)  'Transvaal' (for time
with I.Y.)                       

Delhi Durbar medal 1911

Volunteer's Long Service medal                                   
Robert James Watson - City of London Imperial Volunteers