Frank Watson attended Halesowen C of E school and enlisted in the 'Ox and Bucks'. He went to the 2nd Battalion which had been engaged in front line service since August 1914. In 1918 they fought in the Advance to Victory, and on the 11th September were close to the complexities of the Hindenburg Line. This was the Battle of Havrincourt and the objective was difficult. It was a section of the Canal du Nord on a pitch black night and facing strong defences and enemy machine-gunners. It was a success but losses to D Company of the 2/Ox and Bucks were heavy and included Private Frank Watson. He was killed in action on the 11th September and commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois, Halesowen and Halesowen C of E school Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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