Edwin Watson
Edwin Watson
Edwin Watson
● Edwin Watson, c1937 (HUC)

born in Scotland

Edwin Watson was born on Thursday, 28th May, 1914, in Pittenweem, Fife.

The forward signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Monday, 27th April, 1936, having most recently been with Crossgates Primrose.

Aged 22, he made his debut appearance on Monday, 12th April, 1937, in a 2-2 draw away to Dundee in the SFL First Division.

Edwin scored his first goal for Thistle on Monday, 6th September, 1937, in a 5-1 win away to Queen's Park in the Glasgow Cup.

He scored the last of his 6 goals on Saturday, 30th October, 1937, in a 2-1 win at home to Falkirk in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 6th November, 1937, in a 6-0 defeat away to Celtic in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 15 occasions.

His club-list included Crossgates Primrose, Partick Thistle, Huddersfield Town, Bradford Park Avenue and East Fife.

Edwin died on Monday, 12th June, 1944, aged 30.

Bio Extra

Edwin, a Fifer, played for the Jags on 14 occasions, scoring 6 goals, all in competitive matches. He moved on to Huddersfield Town, where he played for them on 3 occasions in the 1937-38 season. He also played for Bradford Park Avenue and East Fife.

Prior to joining the RAF, Edwin worked in the National Steel Foundry in Leven. When war came Edwin joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve, and joined 201 Squadron in RAF Coastal Command.

Edwin was a gunner on the Short Sunderland aircraft ML760 code NS-S, according to aircrewremembered.com, with the archive report setting out the aircraft’s final flight. The Sunderland left RAF Pembroke Dock on 12 June 1944 on an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay. The aircraft is thought to have engaged a U boat (U-333) and was shot down by anti aircraft fire from the U boat. None of the 12 crew members survived.

Previously, on 7 June 1944, the Sunderland attacked and sank the U-995 off Northern Spain.

Edwin was survived by his wife and two children, the youngest born eight months after he was killed. Edwin is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial. We commemorate his life in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle Fallen →.


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