Joseph Robert Watson (1886 - 1915)

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Joseph Robert Watson
1886 - 1915
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c. 1886
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November 19, 1915
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Joseph Robert Watson was born c. 1886. He died on November 19, 1915 at age 29.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 18779 Rank: Private Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment Unit/ship/squadron: 6th Bn.
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Joseph Robert Watson died on November 19, 1915 at 29 years old. He was buried in Hill 10 Cemetery Ii. F. 3., Turkey (including Gallipoli). He was born c. 1886. There is no information about Joseph's surviving family.

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In 1886, in the year that Joseph Robert Watson was born, on June 13th, the "Great Vancouver Fire" destroyed most of Vancouver, British Columbia. A small brush fire got out of control and spread to the rest of the city. Dozens of people died and it was only after the fire that money was raised for a fire hall. The local Squamish tribe rescued people who had jumped into bodies of water to escape the conflagration.

In 1896, he was just 10 years old when in April, the first study on global warming due to CO2 - carbon dioxide - in the atmosphere was published by Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius. Arrhenius concluded that human activity due to the Industrial Revolution would amplify CO2 in the atmosphere, causing a greenhouse effect. His conclusions have been extensively tested in the ensuing 100+ years and are still seen to hold true.

In 1899, when he was just 13 years old, the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1902, when he was 16 years old, the Bureau of the Census was established. This was the government department that was a boon to family historians - it, even now, is responsible for taking the census and provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States.

In 1915, in the year of Joseph Robert Watson's passing, Audrey Munson, playing a model for a sculptor in the film "Inspiration", became the first actress to shed her clothes on screen. Fearing that banning the film would mean that censors would also have to "ban Renaissance art" the film was released, with Munson in the nude scenes and a stand-in doing the acting. (Munson had previously been "America's First Supermodel" and posed nude as the model for many famous artworks.) The film was a hit with audiences.

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