Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Mark Sanderson Watson

MA

Mark Sanderson Watson was born on the 15th May 1895 in Chester, Cheshire, England. He was the eldest son of the Reverend Richard Watson from Headingley, Leeds, who was Minister of St. John's Wesleyan Church, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. He attended Hillhead High School from 1906 until 1911 where he was known for his "radiant personality" and love of football, for which he won the school cap. He was also a member of the school's Literary Society. In 1911 he went to Morgan Academy in Dundee, where he gained many distinctions, including a Ferguson Bursary and the Gold Medal for English.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Mark then returned to Glasgow for his University course and graduated MA in June 1915. After his graduation he was accepted at the Wesleyan Church Theological Hall to study to become a Minister.

Due to the outbreak of war Mark never followed in his father's footsteps to become a Minister but instead enlisted with the Army. On his twenty-first birthday, 15th May 1916, he left home for Mesopotamia, where he was attached to the 1st Bn. Highland Light Infantry. On the 11th January 1917, 2nd Lieutenant Mark Sanderson Watson fell while leading his men against the Turkish positions on the right bank of the Tigris, near Kut. In the Hillhead School Roll of Honour he is remembered:

"... Above all as a friend; for no man could wish for a better friend than Mark Watson. He shared wholeheartedly in their life, bringing to each a nature full of sympathy and humour, strength of heart, and a splendid purity that was far too sunny and unconscious ever to seem reproachful or aloof. It was natural to be at one's best when with him; it was natural to share joys with him, and to turn to him in difficulties."

2nd Lieutenant Mark Sanderson Watson is commemorated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq and on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty and General Council Records

Obituary: Hillhead High School War Memorial Volume (War Memorial Committee, 1921).

Biography: Additional information contributed by De