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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Arthur Turner Watson
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   24 February 1945
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   Porchester Road, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1917
Page number: 257
Record number: 11656
Official at burial:
   E H Stenning
Burial Status:
Source of information:
  Burial Register

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Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

Arthur Turner Watson
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and Mrs Pattison
Date of source:    22 February 1945
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News









The death occurred on Tuesday at his residence, Greystones, Porchester-road, Newbury, in his 78th year, of Mr. Arthur Turner Watson. Mr. Watson had a serious illness some two or three years ago and latterly his health had been failing.


Mr. Watson was a member of the old-established firm of Messrs. Dreweatt, Watson and Barton, auctioneers and estate agents, of the Market place, Newbury.


Arthur Watson was the third son of the late Dr. Henry Watson, who practised in Newbury for many years and was Borough Coroner. With his two brothers he was educated at Newbury Grammar School and in 1885 he became a pupil with the firm of Messrs. Few and Dreweatt, auctioneers and estate agents. After three years, he went to London for further experience and then in 1890 returned as an assistant to Mr. Dreweatt. On March 1st, 1898, he was taken into partnership by Mr. Thomas Dreweatt, the firm then becoming known as Dreweatt and Watson, until some years later, when it was joined by Mr. Harold Barton and took on its present title.


For many years Mr. Watson was a familiar figure in Newbury Cattle Market, where he sold the calves and pigs, and he also occupied the rostrum at furniture sales. For a long time he was also an institution at the annual Newbury Wool Sales.


If there was one quality which was outstanding in him it was his even temper and imperturbability. A few years ago at local furniture sales there was a certain dealer who loved to try and take a rise out of amateur buyers and even the auctioneer, but he never succeeded in getting “Uncle Arthur” to rise to the fly Mr. Watson was also most methodical and a model of punctuality. You could set your watch by the time he left his house in the morning to go to the office.


Like his father and his brother, Mr. Watson was made a Justice of the Peace for Newbury, but it was strange that the selection committee should have waited until 1932 before submitting his name to the Lord Chancellor for this honour. He retired from the active list of the Justices about the start of the war.


Mr. Watson was a bachelor and as a young man used to play cricket for Newbury.


His cremation is to be private, but a funeral service will be held at 12 o’clock Saturday at the Newtown-road Cemetery.



A.T. Watson continued




The last member of a family honourably connected with Newbury for many years has died in the person of Mr. Arthur T. Watson, a member of the firm of Messrs. Dreweatt, Watson and Barton, auctioneers and estate agents.


Mr. Watson’s father, Dr. Henry Watson, who was Borough Coroner for over thirty years, was born in Loughborough three years before Queen Victoria came to the throne. He was one of three sons, all of whom entered either the medical or legal profession. As was the custom in those days, he started his medical training by being apprenticed to a Loughborough doctor, afterwards becoming a student at Guy’s Hospital. During the Crimean War, Dr Watson served in the trenches before Sevastopol and attended to the wounded after the Charge of Balaclava.




Dr. Watson came to Newbury upon purchasing the practice of the late Dr. Hemsted and first lived in the Broadway. Most people will remember him as living in the house on the west side of Northbrook-street, the ground floor of which is Messrs; Bateman’s, opticians, and the upper part the Bandarlog Café.


He had three sons: Dr. John Watson, who succeeded him in the practice, afterwards retiring to Jersey, where he died: Mr. Henry Watson who was a solicitor at Hereford, and Mr. Arthur Watson, who outlived both his brothers. All three went to Newbury Grammar School. Dr. Watson, Dr. John and Mr. Arthur were each made Justices of the Peace for Newbury.


Newbury Weekly News 22 February 1945


Mrs P. p. 28 NE 11

Buried 24 February 195 Book 1917 p. 257 no. 11656


See also Henry Watson, brother died 2 December 1908 aged 42.

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Arthur Turner Watson
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    08 February 1945
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News





Funeral at Newbury

    Following the cremation at Oxford, the funeral of the late Mr. A.T. Watson took place on the 24th ult. At the Newtown-road Cemetery, the service was taken by the Vicar of St John's (the Rev. E.H. Stenning).

    Many were present to pay a last tribute to an old and honoured friend. The principle mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barton, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Haggaer, Mr. Colin Barton, Miss Betty Hagger, Mr.and Mrs. J.E. Edwards, Miss N. Griffin, Mr. and Mrs. West.
There follows a  list of Dreweatt, Watson and Barton staff who attended, followed by further names of the eminent who were also there.
Newbury Weekly News 8 March 1945

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