Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion : Foldout

Watson ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Watson are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

The individuals listed are not necessarily related to each other.

Mr Watson [17??-1793]
Alan Watson [1???-19??]
Andrew Watson [1857-1???]
Arthur Watson [1872-19??]
Arthur Watson [1877-1940]
Arthur Watson [1895-1918]
C. Watson [18??-191?]
Charles Watson [18??-18??]
Charles Watson [18??-19??]
Charley Newton Watson [1860-1904]
Clement Watson [1892-1917]
Dyson Watson [1???-1???]
Fred Watson [1879-1918]
Fred Watson [1899-1918]
Fred Samuel Watson [1886-1916]
George Watson [1856-1939]
Harland Watson [1876-1944]
Harold Watson [1890-1917]
Harry Watson [1887-1916]
Henry Watson [1892-1915]
Jack Hill Watson [1919-1943]
James Watson [1818-1???]
James Watson [1856-19??]
Rev John Watson [17??-18??]
Rev John Watson [1724-1783]
John James Watson [1848-1871]
John Robert Watson [1871-1921]
John William Watson [1867-1922]
Joseph Watson [1864-1934]
Joseph Frederick Watson [1888-1917]
Keith Watson [19??-]
Lewis Watson [1892-1918]
Milnes Watson [1837-1875]
Peter Watson [18??-18??]
Raymond Watson [1920-1945]
Richard Watson [17??-1793]
Rosamund Watson [15??-16??]
Rowland Watson [1710-1776]
Samuel Watson [18??-19??]
Solomon Watson [18??-19??]
Solomon Watson [1844-19??]
Squire Watson [1841-1892]
Taylor Watson [1860-1893]
Rev Thomas Watson [1758-1833]
W. Watson [18??-18??]
Walter Irvine Ronald Watson [1898-1917]
William Watson [17??-18??]
William Watson [18??-19??]
William Watson [1819-18??]
William Watson [1840-1915]
William Briggs Watson [18??-19??]
William Henry Watson [1863-19??]
Willie Watson [1920-2004] 

Watson, Mr
[17??-1793] Of Halifax.

On 12th April 1793, he was executed at the Tyburn, York

for breaking open and robbing the dwelling-house of John Ambler, of Halifax, and stealing therefrom 1 mahogany desk, 7 or 8 guineas in gold and other articles to a considerable amount

Watson, Alan
[1???-19??] JP.

He was Mayor of Todmorden [1959-1960]

Watson, Andrew
[1857-1???] Born in British Guiana. He lived in Halifax [1864-1870]. In August 1866, he attended Heath Grammar School. He went to public school in London. He was the first black man to play for a senior British football team, and the first black international football captain. He was Scottish football captain

Watson, Arthur
[1872-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a lithographic printer [1911].

In [Q4] 1898, he married Eliza Moore [1874-19??] from Greetland.


  1. Fred [b 1900]
  2. Elsie [b 1901]
  3. Bertha [b 1903]
  4. Helen [b 1905]
  5. twins Florence [b 1906]
  6. Jessie [b 1906]
  7. Leonard [b 1908]
  8. William [b 1910]

The family lived at 12 St Anne's Road, Skircoat Green [1911]

Watson, Arthur

In [Q3] 1907, he married Harriet Elizabeth Turner in Halifax.

They lived at 36 Taylor Street, Hanson Lane [1940].

63-year-old Arthur was a civilian casualty of the Hanson Lane bomb which fell on 22nd November 1940.

He died on the same day

Watson, Arthur
[1895-1918] Son of G. Watson of Halifax.

He married E. H.

They lived at 8 Kirkby Road, Chorley New Road, Bolton.

During World War I, he served as a Private with D Company 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 20th July 1918 (aged 23).

He was buried at the Marfaux British Cemetery, France [I G 7]

Watson, C.
[18??-191?] Of Southowram.

He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on Southowram War Memorial

Watson, Charles
[18??-18??] He ran a school in Halifax [around 1850].

He lived at Rhodes Street, Halifax [1850]

Watson, Charles
[18??-19??] FRSA.

He was a schoolmaster at Edwards Akroyd's Haley Hill College.

He designed and patented a syphon ventilator. He designed a ventilation system for Mulcture Hall, Halifax,

Around 1855, he established an engineering business making the ventilators.

The firm's products included

Watson syphon ventilator
Watson's double current syphon ventilator
Excelsior syphon ventilator
Excelsior outlet ventilator

Their products were installed for the Royal family at Windsor Castle, Frogmore, and Sandringham House.

The business became Hill & Hey in 1871.

See Double current ventilators

Watson, Charley Newton
[1860-1904] Born in Southowram.

He was a clay miner [1882].

In [Q4] 1882, he married Sarah Jane Sheard [1862-1932] in Halifax.

Sarah Jane was born in Southowram


  1. Louisa [b 1883]
  2. Lewis
  3. Sarah [b 1897]
  4. Gilbert [1900-1970]

The children were born in Southowram.

The family lived at 5 The Square, Bank Top, Southowram [1918]

Watson, Clement
[1892-1917] Son of John William Watson.

Born in Halifax [23rd September 1892]

He was a colour matcher in a worsted mill / employed by Crossley's.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the 274th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery.

He died of wounds [1st October 1917] (aged 25).

He was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [XX C 12A].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Crossley's Carpets

Watson, Dyson
[1???-1???] He was a member of the Calder Valley Poets

Watson, Fred
[1879-1918] Son of George Watson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cart driver [1909].

On 1880, he married Florence Baker in Halifax.

Florence was born in Bristol

They had no children.

They lived at

  • 4 Launceston Street, Hanson Lane, Halifax

During World War I, he served as a Driver with the 207th Field Company Royal Engineers.

He died of wounds [8th May 1918].

He was buried at the Arneke British Cemetery, France [II C 23]

Watson, Fred
[1899-1918] Son of Sarah & Sampson Watson of Ripponden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with F Company 2nd Battalion Scots Guards.

He died 8th November 1918 (aged 19).

He was buried at the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France [S III DD 11].

He is remembered on Ripponden War Memorial

Watson, Fred Samuel
[1886-1916] Son of Taylor Watson.

Born in Howden.

He was a playing member of Illingworth Church Football Club / a carpet weaver's helper [1901] / a weaving shed foreman [1911] / employed in the weaving department of Crossley's Carpets.

In 1911, he married Flora Elizabeth Greaves [1886-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Flora Elizabeth, of Stannary Street, Halifax, was the daughter of Joseph Henry Greaves, toolmaker

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He served in the Dardanelles, and in Egypt.

He was reported missing and assumed to have died [27th September 1916].

He was buried at the Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, France [VII L 17]

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Crossley's Carpets

Watson, George
[1856-1939] Born in Queensbury.

He was a hawker [1875].

On 14th September 1875, he married Ellen Hellowell [1857-1937] in Halifax.

Ellen was born in Halifax


  1. Fred
  2. Ellen [b 1882]
  3. Emily [b 1884]
  4. Albert [b 1887]
  5. Lewis [b 1889]

The children were born in Halifax

Watson, Harland
[1876-1944] Known as Harling.

Born at Wesley Place, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees [8th February 1876].

He was licensee of the Kimberley Arms, Halifax [1905] / partner in Turner & Watson.

On 10th March 1900, he married Elizabeth Halstead at All Saints Church, Salterhebble.

The family lived at

  • Todmorden
  • Cragg Vale

He died 25th January 1944

He was buried at St John's Church, Cragg Vale [28th January 1944]

Watson, Harold
[1890-1917] Son of William Watson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of the Choir at Christ Church, Pellon / a railway clerk (Halifax parcels office) / employed by Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1915], and served as a Private with the 2nd/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

After training, he served in Egypt (for 8 months), then went to France.

He was killed in action [9th October 1917] (aged 27).

He was buried at the Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Belgium [IV D 3]

Watson, Harry
[1887-1916] Bsc.

Son of James Watson.

Born in Winewall, Burnley.

He was a mill worker / a student at Manchester University / a schoolmaster in Pendleton, Salford [1911] / a maths teacher at Ormskirk Grammar School [1914].

He moved to live with his parents in Mytholmroyd.

He was a member of Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd.

In [Q4] 1912, he married Olga Mary Rycroft [1888-1913] in Burnley.

Olga Mary was a school teacher, living with her family in Colne [1911]


  1. Olga K. M. [b 1913]

His wife died in childbirth [Q4 1913].

During World War I, he enlisted with the Liverpool Pals [August 1914], and served as a Sergeant [1916] then as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 1st/9th Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment).

He was killed in action – along with almost 70 others – whilst leading his men in a bomb attack near Guillemont [12th August 1916] (aged 29).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on a memorial in Mount Zion Methodist Church, Mytholmroyd and Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd, and in the book Royd Regeneration

Watson, Henry
[1892-1915] Son of William Henry Watson

He was an iron turner [1911] / employed by Jonas Drake & Son / a bandsman with Copley, King Cross & Lee Mount brass bands.

During World War I, he enlisted in August 1914 and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He sustained wounds to his leg and was taken to hospital at Bury St Edmunds.

He died 21st December 1915 (aged 24).

He was buried at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel

Watson, Jack Hill
[1919-1943] Son of Ethel & Willie Watson of Halifax.

In [Q3] 1941, he married May Needham in Halifax.

They lived at King Cross, Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Sergeant with 460 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron Royal Air Force.

He died 4th January 1943 (aged 24).

He was buried at the Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands [4 G 6-7]

Watson, James
[1818-1???] Born in Northowram.

He was a farmer of 10 acres employing 1 man [1861] / innkeeper at the Stump Cross Inn [1861, 1864].

He married Martha [1819-1???].

Martha was born in Northowram

Watson, James
[1856-19??] Born in Trawden, Colne, Lancashire He was a tailor [1881, 1891, 1901].

Around 1905, he set up as a fustian manufacturer in Mytholmroyd.

He was a salesman (cotton weaving) employer [1911] / a cotton manufacturer

In 1880, he married Nancy Berry [1859-1???] in Burnley.

Nancy was born in Earby, Yorkshire


  1. Annie [b 1882] who was a cotton weaver [1901]
  2. Walter Vernon [b 1883] who was a cotton weaver [1901], a loomer and twister [1911]
  3. James Hermon [b 1885] who was a cotton weaver [1901, 1911]
  4. Harry
  5. Sarah Ellen [b 1891]
  6. Margaret A [b 1893]
  7. Arthur Hornby [b 1897]
  8. Matilda [b 1897]
  9. Ernest Garfield [b 1898]
  10. Brooks [b 1902]

The family lived at

  • 5 Morville Houses, Colne, Burnley, Lancashire [1881]
  • 17 Winewall Lane, Winewall, Trawden, Burnley [1891]
  • 1 Thornfield Terrace, Trawden, Lancashire. [1901]
  • 5 Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd [1911]
  • Field House, Mytholmroyd

Watson, Rev John
[17??-18??] AM.

Brother of Rev Thomas Watson.

He was Vicar of Coley [1791]

Watson, Rev John
[1724-1783] Born in Cheshire [26th March 1724]. He was Curate at Halifax [1750] and Curate at Ripponden [1754-1769].

He was a well-known local historian and antiquary, and author of the classic History and Antiquities of The Parish of Halifax in Yorkshire.

See E. Jacobs and William Williams

Watson, John James
[1848-1871] Born in Halifax.

He was an ironmonger employing 3 men & 1 boy [1871]. In 1870, he married Jane Elizabeth Nicholson, in Halifax.

In 1883, Jane Elizabeth married Henry Raphael Oddy.

The family lived at 6 Green Hill Terrace, Halifax [1871]

Watson, John Robert
[1871-1921] Born in Stockton.

He was a blacksmith.

On 22nd July 1895, he married Lilly Robinson [1873-1942] at St Paul's Church, King Cross.

Lilly was born in Thornton


  1. Harling Richard [1896-1967]
  2. Walter
  3. Alice [b 1903]

The children were born in Halifax.

The family lived at

  • 6 Dunkirk Crescent, Halifax [1911]
  • 18 Queens Road, Halifax [1917]

Watson, John William

Born in Halifax.

He was a card maker.

In 1892, he married Frances Smith [1868-1937] in Halifax.


  1. Clement
  2. Selwyn Smith [1896-1967]

The family lived at Danes Dyke, 252 Pellon Lane, Halifax

Watson, Joseph
[1864-1934] Born in Manchester.

He was a watch maker.

On 30th August 1884, he married Elizabeth Ann Kirk [1864-1906] at St Clement's Church, Longsight.

Elizabeth Ann was born in Macclesfield


  1. Joseph Frederick

Watson, Joseph Frederick
[1888-1917] Son of Joseph Watson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a shop assistant.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died in Chelmsford [2nd June 1917].

He was buried at Chelmsford Cemetery [3596]

Watson, Keith
[19??-] In December 2010, he took over from Ann McAllister as Mayor of Calderdale [2010-2011]. His wife, Eileen, was Mayoress

Watson, Lewis
[1892-1918] Son of Charley Newton Watson.

Born in Halifax [19th Jun 1892].

He was a sugar boiler.

During World War I, he served as a Private the 13th (Service) & 1st (Barnsley) Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

He died of wounds [28th June 1918].

He was buried at the Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France [V C 4].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Hanover Methodist Chapel, Halifax

Watson, Milnes
[1837-1875] Son of Sarah & Peter Watson, saddler.

Baptised at Halifax Parish Church [21st May 1837].

He was a saddler [1857] / an innkeeper in Halifax Does anyone know which inn this may have been?.

He married 9/3//1857 [1838-1???] at Harrison Road, Chapel.

Alice was the daughter of Daniel Burnett

They lived at George Street, Halifax [1871]

Milnes died 7th July 1875.

He was buried at Christ Church, Pellon

Watson, Peter
[18??-18??] Saddler and harness maker, and cementer of mill straps at Hebden Bridge and at Hall End, Halifax [1845]

Watson, Raymond
[1920-1945] Son of Mary Alice & Frank Watson of Highroad Well, Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Leading Aircraftman with 36 Squadron Royal Air Force.

He died 20th August 1945 (aged 25).

He was buried at the Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia [2 D 1]

Watson, Richard
[17??-1793] Of Halifax.

On 12th April 1793, he was executed at the Tyburn, York for breaking open the dwelling house of John Ambler in Halifax, and stealing 1 mahogany desk, 7 or 8 guineas, and other articles to a considerable amount

Watson, Rosamund
[15??-16??] Of Halifax. Wife of John Waddington

Watson, Rowland
[1710-1776] Of Keighley.

He (possibly) married Mary.


  1. Ann [1737-1780] who married Thomas Ramsden
  2. Mary [1738-1785] who married Elkanah Hoyle

In his will of 7th May 1776, he left

all his freehold lands in Keighley and all his messuages at Hill Top in Keighley to his daughter Ann, wife of Thomas Ramsden of Halifax, gent; £1000 to Thomas Ramsden and John Clapham of Utley, shalloon maker, upon trust that they put it out at interest and pay the interest to his daughter Mary the wife of Elkanah Hoyle of Hipperholme, gent, and after her death to pay £200 to his grandsons Rowland Ramsden and Rowland Hoyle, and the £800 residue to Luke, Elkanah, Rowland, and Mary the children of Mary and Elkanah Hoyle.

To Thomas Ramsden and John Clapham all his household goods, on trust that they permit his daughter Mary to have the use thereof, and after her death to go to her children.

He acquits Elkanah Hoyle of all loans and leaves to Sarah Ratcliffe his housekeeper £20, and to Henry Smith his servant £10, and the residue of his personal estate after his debts have been paid to his daughter Ann Ramsden whom he appoints sole executrix

Watson, Samuel
[18??-19??] Born in Shipley.

He was a stone hewer [1901] / a hewer in stone quarry [1911].

He married Annie [1875-19??].


  1. Amy [b 1897]
  2. May [b 1898]
  3. Frank [b 1903]
  4. Harry [b 1904]

The family lived at

  • Denham Square, New Hey Road, Rastrick [1901]
  • 1 Thorn Tree Cottage, Cow Lane, Southowram [1911]

Watson, Solomon
[18??-19??] In December 1901, he applied for patents
for improvements in and relating to wire mattresses

Watson, Solomon
[1844-19??] Born in Howden Dyke, Yorkshire.

He was bookkeeper at a timber yard in Halifax [1871] / merchant's clerk and innkeeper at Ward's End, Halifax [1881] / publican at the Shakespeare, Halifax [1887] / publican at Sowerby Bridge [1900]

He married (1) Caroline Emma [1847-1875] from Knaresborough.


  1. George Herbert [b 1867]
  2. Annie Eliza [b 1873]

In 1878, he married (2) Elizabeth Rowlings [1858-1???] from Halifax, in Halifax.


  1. Eleanor Gertrude [1879-19??] who married Cyrus Sing Lloyd

The family lived at

  • 48 Great Albion Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 2 Ward's End, Halifax [1881]

Watson, Squire
[1841-1892] Son of William Watson.

He was a delver of Warley / a farmer of 15 acres [1881] / a gamekeeper [1891].

He married 1874 Ellen Tattersall [1851-1???].

Ellen, of Warley, was the daughter of John Tattersall


  1. Emma [b 1877]
  2. Mary [b 1878]

The family lived at

  • High Cote, Midgley [1881]
  • New Fly, Warley [1891]

Living with them [in 1881] was visitor Emma Tattersall [b 1861]

Squire died in 1892 (aged 51) 

Watson, Taylor
[1860-1893] Born in Gowdall, Snaith.

He was an agricultural labourer [1881] / a general labourer [1891].

In 1880, he married Elizabeth Nappy [1860-1???] in Howden.

Elizabeth was born in Bubwith.

She had an illegitimate daughter Mary Nappy [b 1877] who was in domestic service [1891]; by 1901, Mary was known as Mary Watson and was a worsted drawer



  1. Emma Elizabeth [b 1883] who was a worsted rover [1901], a worsted drawer [1911]
  2. Arthur Ernest [b 1884] who was a carpet creeler [1901]
  3. Fred Samuel
  4. Rose Ellen [b 1889] who was a worsted spinner half time [1901], a worsted beamer [1911]
  5. Herbert [b 1892] who was a metal spinner [1911]

The family lived at

  • The Village, Wressell, Howden [1881]
  • 8 Spring Gardens, Ovenden [1891]
  • 20 Rake Bank, Halifax [1901]
  • 17 Rake Bank, Wheatley, Halifax [1911 when daughter Emma was head of the household]

Taylor died in 1893 (aged 33).

Elizabeth died in 1902 (aged 42) 

Watson, Rev Thomas
[1758-1833] Brother of Rev John Watson. Vicar of Elland [1793]. He died at Eden Hall, Penrith

Watson, W.
[18??-18??] Ironmonger at Elland.

In 1849, he was declared bankrupt

Watson, Walter Irvine Ronald
[1898-1917] Son of John Robert Watson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of St Hilda's Church, Halifax / employed by Economic Stores at Spring Hall Lane.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1917], and served as a Private with the 12th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [15th October 1917].

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [128-131, 162 & 162A]

Watson, William
[17??-18??] He was a watchmaker and clockmaker at Elland [1834]

Watson, William
[18??-19??] Of 9 Sholebrook Terrace, Leeds.

In 1903, he was one of the first people to be granted a motor drivers' licence, and may have been chauffeur to a family in Halifax

Watson, William
[1819-18??] (Possibly) son of Hannah & Joseph Watson.

He was a gamekeeper [1901].

He married Mary [1821-1???].


  1. Squire
  2. Hannah [b 1842]
  3. Margaret [b 1844]
  4. Mary [b 1847] who married [1865] William Wade
  5. Susey Ellen [b 1849]
  6. John [b 1853] who was an ag.lab [1901]
  7. Fanny [b 1856]
  8. Joseph [b 1858]

The family lived at

  • Owl Nook, Warley [1841, 1851]
  • Withens Gate, Warley [1861]
  • Warley [1871]
  • Slade, Warley [1901]

Living with them [in 1871] was granddaughter Mary Ellen Wade [b 1866]

Watson, William
[1840-1915] Born in Leeds.

He was a grocer [1881, 1891] / inn keeper at the Maypole Inn, Warley [1901].

In [Q3] 1869, he married Margaret Annie Craven [1847-1917] in Halifax.


  1. William Henry [b 1872]
  2. Frank [b 1876]
  3. Laura [b 1877]
  4. Charles [b 1881]
  5. Herbert [b 1882]
  6. Emma [b 1885] who married William Thomas Tansey
  7. Harold

The family lived at

  • 125 New Bank, Halifax [1881, 1891]
  • The Maypole Inn, Warley [1901]
  • 33 Newstead Place, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1881] was sister-in-law Emma Craven [b  1843].

William died 14th February 1915.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £284 6/7d.

Administration was granted to his widow Margaret Ann

Watson, William Briggs
[18??-19??] Of Higgins & Company.

He lived at Bull Close Lane, Halifax [1905]

Watson, William Henry
[1863-19??] Son of Henry Watson, saddler.

Born in Rochdale.

He was a belt maker of Hopwood Lane, Halifax [1891] / a machine leather belt maker [1901] / a leather belt maker [1911]

In [Q3] 1891, he married Amy Hoare [1869-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Amy, of Bramley Lane, Lightcliffe, was born in Wombridge(?), Shropshire, the daughter of Phillip Hoare, coal miner


  1. Henry
  2. Ernest [b 1898] who was a doffer [1911]
  3. Charles [b 1900]
  4. Joseph Crossley [b 1907]

The family lived at

  • 8 Marvells Square, Skircoat, Halifax [1901]
  • 6 Shaw Street, King Cross, Halifax [1911]

Watson, Willie
[1920-2004] England test cricketer and England international footballer.

He appeared at the Shay – as player-manager between 1954 and 1956, and as manager from 1964 to 1966. He played cricket for Yorkshire and played in 23 Tests for England including 7 against Australia. He played 4 times for the England national football team and when he joined Halifax Town, he was one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year. He scored more than 25,500 first-class runs in his career that also included county appearances with Leicestershire. After leaving Halifax Town, he played for the England Test side for the 1957/58 Ashes tour.

He emigrated to South Africa in 1968


Watson surname

The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

There are over 50 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Watson, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Watson:

Marriages 1861, 1862, 1888, 1891, 1900, 1908, 1909, 1914, 1922, 1939; Deaths 1808, 1853, 1907

See Patronymic Surnames

© Malcolm Bull 2017 / [email protected]
Revised 16:12 on 30th November 2017 / mmw124 / 59