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19 June 2021

Club News


19 June 2021

Edwin Watson becomes 14th Huddersfield Town player lost in armed conflict

- New name added to Huddersfield Town's Roll of Honour
- Former player Edwin Watson lost his life in active service
- Edwin becomes the 14th name on the Club’s Roll of Honour

Huddersfield Town’s Club Statistician Alan Hodgson, alongside Roger Pashby, has discovered a new name to be added to the Club’s Roll of Honour.

The Roll of Honour commemorates those Huddersfield Town players who have given their lives in service of their country.

Edwin Watson played six times for Town during the 1937/38 season; three times in Division One, and three games in the FA Cup, during which he scored once in a 2-1 sixth round win over York City. Edwin played as a centre-forward and at inside-left. He was then transferred to Bradford (Park Avenue) in April 1939.

At the time of his death he was serving as a Flight Sergeant with 201 Squadron of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, based at RAF Pembroke Dock in Wales. On 12 June 1944 his aircraft was conducting anti-submarine sweeps over the Bay of Biscay when it was shot down with no survivors. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Air Force's Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.

Town’s full ‘Roll of Honour’ is now as follows:

Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment
Died 18 October 1914

Henry Cyril CROZIER
Sergeant, 12th (Sheffield City) Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment
Died 1 July 1916

Charles Edward RANDALL
Private, 4th Battalion, Coldstream Guards
Died 27 September 1916

Dr Leigh Richmond ROOSE, M.M.
Lance Corporal, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Died 7 October 1916

Sidney JAMES
Lance Corporal, 9th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Died 9 April 1917

Ernest George KENWORTHY
Gunner, 135th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Died 10 November 1917

John Edward DIDYMUS
Private, 8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
Died 12 April 1918

Robert Henry GORDON
Leading Aircraftman, IX Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve
Died 18 September 1940

Francis Cornelius CHIVERS
War Service, Barnburgh Main Colliery (South Yorkshire)
Died 2 April 1942

Able Seaman, H.M.S. Albrighton, Royal Navy
Died 28 April 1943

David Patrick Murray BELL
Flight Lieutenant, 263 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve
Died 21 May 1944

Flight Sergeant, 201 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve
Died 12 June 1944

Private, A.I.F. 2 Coy, Australian Army Service Corps
Died 21 November 1944

Alexander Skinner JACKSON
Major, Army Welfare Service
Died 15 November 1946

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