|Birth: ||May 4, 1864|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 1949|
George Phillip Watson was born in Linconshire, England and died in Lee, MA. He married Cathering Navin in 1895. She died in 1928. He married Myrtie Roxanna Curtis-Gelatt on May 6, 1941.
Obituary from the Berkshire Evening Eagle dated April 12, 1949
Lee MAn Dies, Ex-Shipmate of Late King
George P Watson, 84, Spent Many Years Writing Poetry
LEE - Eighty four year old George P Watson of East Lee, once a member of Her Majesty's Navy when Queen Victoria ruled the waves - died shortly after midnight at his home.
Educated in the Beeshy public schools in Lincolnshire, England, Mr. Watson entered the Portsmouth Naval School, and after four teaching years at the academy, he took to the sea as a member of the Royal Marines.
East Lee neighbors who knew Mr. Watson for the past 30 years have two special memories of the old farmer:
They rember him saying he was "afloat for seven years and 61 days" part of which time he was a shipmate to the late King George V, and they think of him as the "poet of the Berkshires".
During the days when poetry was an integral part of The Eagles columns, Mr. Watson was an unusually frequent contributor. Among his favorite writings were "The Lee Town Clock", "The Stockbridge Chimes", "Why Cannot Women Vote", and "Winter".
Several of his days afloat were spent guarding the person of Queen Victoria when she visited Portsmouth to christen the Victoria, destined later to split in twain in the Mediterranean.
Mr. Watson was in attendance guarding Kaiser Wilhelm II on his visit to Grandmother Victora and keeping watch over the Shah of Persia on his English tour were duties Mr. Watson never forgot.
When the King of Zululand, a 400-pounder was taken prisoner, Mr. Watson was fond of saying his guard duties were of a different sort.
His final sojourn with royal blue blood took him away from England when he accompianed the Princess Mary, now the Dowater Queen Mary of England to visit with the Kaiser's wife in Germany.
After his discharge from the Royal Marines on Sept. 13, 1893, Mr. Watson made a royal tour of his own - going to Holland, Belgium, Greenland, Iceland, and Canada before settling in this country at North Andover, in the fall of 1894.
In April of the following year, he came to Lenox Dale and married Miss Catherine Navin, who died in 1928. Eight years ago, Mr. Watson married Mrs. Myrtie Gelatt, formerly of Cherry Valley, by whom he is survived.
Not long ago, in an interview granted The Eagle, he expressed serious doubt that newspapers enjoy poetry contributions, although conceding that papers as far away as Salt Lake City had used his stuff.
"Editors don't seem to care for it much" he ruminated. "Perhaps it's because there's no money in it."
Mr. Watson included the American people in his musings. "They care little for poetry." he continued. "They will harp on it once in a while specializing in 'Yes, We Have No Bananas,' or 'It Aint Gonna Rain No More'.
In addition to his widow, the poet-sailor is survived by two sisters and a brother, in England and nieces and nephews in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The boyd will rest at the W. Francis Shields Funeral Home, and friends may call at their convenience.
Myrtle Roxanna Curtis Gelatt (1869 - 1953)
Created by: David Gelatt
Record added: Jul 03, 2011
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