Jack Watson joined the Army on the eve of war and served initially with the Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry. In 1942, he joined the South Lancashire Regiment which became The parachute Regiment.
On 6 June 1944, he parachuted in to Normandy as 'Operation Overlord' began serving as Platoon Commander and Second in Command of 'A' Company. He saw continuous service throughout the campaign before returning to Britain as Commander of 'A' Company in Sept 1944. Watson was soon back into active service during the Ardennes and Holland campaign. During the Battle of Bure (3-6 Jan 1945) he was awarded the Military Cross. Following a brief return to Britain he once more parachuted into action during 'Operation Varsity' - Rhine Crossing and fought his way as Commander of 'A' Company across Northern Europe to the Baltic.
After the war he became a Company Commander in 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.
He was later Company Commander, 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, before retiring from military service in 1958.
He became the leader of the annual Airborne Normandy Pilgrimage and regularly visited the Ardennes and Rhine Crossing locations. He also became president of Airborne Assault Normandy Trust (AANT).
July 17th, 1942: 2nd Lieutenant
June 1st, 1943: Lieutenant (war sub)
November 23th, 1946: Lieutenant
November 23th, 1946: Captain
January 14th, 1953: Major
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