Rank: Private
Service Number: 2358.
Regiment: 1/5th Bn. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Died Saturday 2nd April 1921 Age 35County Memorial Bollington
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Born 11 September 1885 at Oldham, Lancashire, baptised 4 November 1855, son of Joseph and Amelia (nee Cooper) Wilson, of 84, Main Road, Oldham, Lancashire 1891, Amelia was a widow. William was the youngest of seven children. His siblings were, Charles, Joseph Durham, Lucy Ann, Agnes Mary, Amelia and Edwin.

William married Annie McQuiggan in the first quarter of 1909, registered at Macclesfield, she was a Bollington girl. Their son William Thomas, was born, 26 July 1909 in Bollington, Cheshire, and their daughter, Maggie was born, 10 July 1911. They were living at 52, North Street, Oldham by 1911.

William with his wife, Annie and children William Thomas and Maggie  

William attested 9 August 1914 at Doncaster, Yorkshire; he was then living at 50, St James Street, Doncaster and working as a labourer. He declared that he had previously served 6 years with the 6th V.B. Manchester Regiment. His army medical papers show he was five feet four and half inches tall with a chest measurement of thirty-seven inches, he was aged 29 years.

William was drafted to France with the British Expeditionary Force, embarking from Folkestone, 13/04/1915. His Regiment made their way to Belgium and whilst engaged in action at St Jean, Ypres, he suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand, 29/07/1915. He lost the middle finger and the tip of his first finger, so that he was unable to move the first joint properly. After Field Ambulance treatment he was moved to Camiers hospital, finally being evacuated back to England aboard H.S. “Cambria” from Boulogne, 05/09/1915. William was discharged as ‘no longer physically fit for war service, 12/05/1916. He was issued a Silver War Badge, number, 113949. The family were now living at 13, Oldham Street, Bollington, Cheshire. William then was employed as a carriage joiner.


William died, Saturday, 2 April 1921. He was living at 79, Water Street, Bollington, Cheshire, he was aged 35 years.