Kenneth Watson (1874 - 1917)

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Kenneth Watson
1874 - 1917
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c. 1874
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April 18, 1917
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Kenneth Watson was born c. 1874. He died on April 18, 1917 at 43 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 268282 Rank: Private Regiment: Black Watch (royal Highlanders) Unit/ship/squadron: 6th Bn.
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Kenneth Watson passed away on April 18, 1917 at 43 years of age. He was buried in Arras Memorial Bay 6., France. He was born c. 1874. We are unaware of information about Kenneth's surviving family.

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In 1874, in the year that Kenneth Watson was born, on September 14th, the Battle of Liberty Place occurred in New Orleans - the capital of Louisiana. Some members of the previous Confederate Army assembled for the purpose of "driving the usurpers from power" and the Republican Governor - William P. Kellogg - was physically driven from his office. The former Confederates temporarily replaced him with (the former) Democratic Governor John McEnery. Federal forces arrived, put down the insurrection, and five days later the legally elected government was restored.

In 1886, Kenneth was just 12 years old when on January 5th, Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson's book the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was published. Immediately popular, the paperback book was sold for $1 in the U.S. - almost $25 today. Stevenson's stepson said that he wrote the first draft in under 3 days.

In 1898, at the age of 24 years old, Kenneth was alive when on March 24th, Robert Allison of Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built car. He bought a Winton, which he had seen in an advertisement in Scientific American. The Winton, built in Ohio, was made by hand and came with a leather roof, padded seats, gas lamps, and tires made by B.F. Goodrich.

In 1909, by the time he was 35 years old, Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

In 1917, in the year of Kenneth Watson's passing, in April, the U.S. entered World War I, declaring war against Germany. President Wilson had previously declared neutrality in the war - a position supported by the majority of Americans - but after Germany declared that they would sink all ships trading with Great Britain and sunk U.S. ships, public opinion began to change. Then the Lusitania was sunk, killing 1,201 - including 128 Americans - and more U.S. ships were sunk. The U.S. could stand aside no longer.

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