Joseph William Watson (1897 - 1918)

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Joseph William Watson
1897 - 1918
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c. 1897
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September 6, 1918
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Joseph William Watson was born c. 1897. He died on September 6, 1918 at 21 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 242402 Rank: Private Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment Unit/ship/squadron: 2nd/7th Bn.
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Joseph William Watson died on September 6, 1918 at 21 years old. He was buried in Cabaret-rouge British Cemetery Souchez, France. He was born c. 1897. There is no information about Joseph's immediate family.

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In 1897, in the year that Joseph William Watson was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1900, at the age of merely 3 years old, Joseph was alive when Carrie Chapman Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. NAWSA was created by Anthony in 1890 in order to fight for the right of women to vote in the United States. Membership in NAWSA began at 7,000 and in the decades of the struggle - women didn't get the right to vote until 1920 - membership rose to 2 million.

In 1908, by the time he was only 11 years old, a 7.1 earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed 70,000 to 100,000 people in southern Italy and Sicily. The earthquake, lasting 30 to 40 seconds, occurred in the Strait of Messina which was between the region of Calabria (at the "toe" of Italy) and the island of Sicily and destruction from it occurred in a 186 mile radius. It was the most destructive earthquake ever to hit Europe.

In 1918, in the year of Joseph William Watson's passing, federal spending was $12.68 billion, unemployment was 1.4% and the cost of a first-class stamp was 3 cents.

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