Thomas Watson, from Whitehorse, Yukon, worked at both the Dawson City and Whitehorse branches of The Canadian Bank of Commerce before moving to British Columbia. In 1940, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force from the branch in Vernon, BC. After training in Canada, Watson was sent overseas in 1941 and served all over the world - Singapore, Sumatra and Java (now part of Indonesia), Australia, New Guinea, India and Burma (now known as Myanmar) - and flew several different aircraft including Hurricanes, Kittyhawks and Liberators. After his release from active service in January 1946, Watson returned to The Canadian Bank of Commerce at the Kelowna branch in British Columbia.
In recognition of his gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations, Watson was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945.