William Watson

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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William Watson (ex Wheatland Avenue)

William Watson (ex Wheatland Avenue)1953-1954. S.A.B.A.(W.D.) Novice Runner Up 8.st 7 lb.

1956.1957 S.A.B.A. Youth Champion. 8.st 7 lb.

1958-1959 London District Champion. Light Welter.

1959-1960 London District Champion. Light Welter.

1960-1961 British Armed Forces Champion WELTER.

1960- British Army of the Rhine Champion. Welter.

His Boxing coach was Mr Tom McGarry from Cambuslang who nominated William for the Blantyre Hall of Fame, Tom himself has long since passed.

William emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1962 and joined the Police.

William Watson Newspaper Clip

Canadian Award for our own local hero

 A Blantyre grandmother is glowing with pride following the latest news from Canada of one of her sons.

William Watson who emigrated to Toronto in 1962 and joined the Police, was recently presented with a medal and commemorative shield by his local Town Mayor and Chief of Police for saving the life of  a young woman who was seriously hurt in a road accident. Sergeant Watson (52), was the first officer to arrive on the scene of the accident in which four people were hurt. One young victim had stopped breathing. William’s speedy actions in administering first aid, saved her life.

A former pupil of St. Joseph’s School in Blantyre, William worked as a miner in the local pit. He was a successful amateur boxer in the 1950’s, winning several titles, including the Scottish Amateur Championship and the West of Scotland Championship.

In the late 1950’s he joined the Scots Guards and served with them for almost four years before emigrating to Canada with his wife , Betty (nee Miller) from Burnbank, and son Jim (then 5).

William joined the Durham Police Force in Toronto. The family now live in the town of Scarborough and also have a daughter, Michelle (18). Their son Jim (now 34) is also a policeman.

William’s mother, Mrs Lizzie Watson, still lives in Winton Crescent, Blantyre. His brother James and sister Ann, also stay in Blantyre. His other sister Jeanette emigrated to California.

Updated by Betty (nee Miller) Watson. January 2016

Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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