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Watson, Wilmot Earl, Valley River, Manitoba. Occupation: Farmer and student of Manitoba Agricultural College, B.S.A. (1918). Military Service: Private, Reg. No. 2381865, 1st Manitoba Regiment, Attestation Papers. Diary References: “Appointed on a debate next week at our Lit. Decided on subject to be military compulsion for Canada. Our side is [W. E.] Watson, Wieneke,” 1:18 Nov ’14; “[Chas. G.] Marshall and [W. E.] Watson dropped in later,” 1:13 Mar ’15.
Additional Biographical Information:
Not mentioned in University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XI, No. 1 (Nov 1917), 9.
Wilmot Earl Watson
Watty was born on April 14th, 1895, at Dundalk, Grey county, Ontario. He is therefore one of our real Canadians, native to this country. Four years later, in 1899, he came west with his parents. Since then he has been living at Valley River, near Dauphin, Manitoba. He obtained his early education at the Valley River school. After passing his entrance he attended the high school at Dauphin for a short time. From the time he left high school until he first appeared with the ’18 class he worked hard at home. Since joining us, Watty has proved himself a good scholar. He has also proved himself a stock-judge and a debater. Last year at Brandon he took a gold medal for the highest judge in beef cattle and this year he tied for first place, winning a silver medal. In both competitions he has been well up in the aggregate. Last year he was president of ’18 in their fourth year for the fall term, thus gaining experience in executive work. Watty has proved himself in athletics, having played on the home baseball team, of which he was captain for one year. He has played junior football for the last two winters. Socially, Watty is a great favourite (ask the girls), and may be found in the east wing almost any Sunday night. His accomplishments along this line are too well known to be published. In his future occupation, whatever it may be, we wish him success, and we expect him to achieve great fame for himself and the ’18 Class.
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XI, No. 5 (Mar. 1918), 25.
Wilmot Earl Watson of Valley River, Manitoba (near Dauphin) completed his BSA in 1918 and enlisted 10/4/18 with the 1st Man Regt. He served in Canada and then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in the Imperial British Army.
University of Manitoba Roll of Honour.