Who's Who - Sir David Watson
Sir David Watson (1871-1922) commanded Canadian forces during the First World War, leading 4th (Canadian) Division from April 1916 until the close of the war.
Born on 7 December 1871 in Quebec, Watson was educated at various public schools prior to embarking upon a career as a journalist, becoming Managing Director in 1901 of the Quebec Chronicle.
The previous year, 1900, Watson was gazetted as a Lieutenant with the 8th Royal Rifles of Quebec; ten years later he was appointed its commanding officer with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
With the onset of war in August 1914 Watson was appointed commanding officer of the 2nd Canadian Battalion. He was next given a brigade command - 5th Canadian Brigade - in September 1915 with the rank of Brigadier-General.
April 1916 brought Watson divisional command of 4th Canadian Division and a promotion to Major-General, finishing the war as the senior divisional commander of the Canadian Corps.
Having been knighted in 1918 Sir David Watson died on 19 February 1922 in Quebec.
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