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Keith Ernest Watson (1920 - 1944)

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Keith Ernest Watson
1920 - 1944
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c. 1920
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May 7, 1944
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Keith Ernest Watson was born c. 1920. He died on May 7, 1944 at 24 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: vx50027 Rank: Private Regiment: Australian Army Service Corps Unit/ship/squadron: A.i.f. 4 Res. M.t. Coy.
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Keith Ernest Watson passed away on May 7, 1944 at age 24. He was buried in Kranji War Cemetery 2. D. 8., Singapore. He was born c. 1920. We have no information about Keith's immediate family.
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In 1920, in the year that Keith Ernest Watson was born, the Volstead Act became law. Formally called the National Prohibition Act, the Volstead Act enabled law enforcement agencies to carry out the 18th Amendment. It said that "no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, or furnish any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act" and defined intoxicating liquor as any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

In 1930, he was merely 10 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1931, at the age of just 11 years old, Keith was alive when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1944, in the year of Keith Ernest Watson's passing, on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

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