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  cap badgePrivate David Wilson

1st Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service No: S/4028

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of David and Margaret Wilson of 30 Laird St, Coatbridge. David's younger brother Private William Wilson (124509) of the 36th Battalion Machine Gun Corps Died of Wounds on the 27/04/1918 (see index). Elder brother Alexander was in training with the 10th (Service) Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) at the time of his death. In his Will dated 04/06/1915 David left everything to his mother. From the 1891 Census - Address - Banks Land, Coats St, Coatbridge - David Wilson aged 38, Margaret Wilson aged 32, James Wilson aged 11, Sarah Wilson aged 9, Alexander Wilson aged 7, Mary J Wilson aged 5, David Wilson aged 2. From the 1901 Census - Address - 8a Carradale St, Coatbridge - David Wilson aged 48, Margaret Wilson aged 40 , James Wilson aged 21, Alexander Wilson aged 16, Mary J Wilson aged 14, David Wilson aged 12, William Wilson aged 10. David's Pension was awarded to his mother Margaret on the 10/11/1916. David's father also listed.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 30 Laird St, Coatbridge

Died

Died of Wounds on the 18/06/1915 at No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, Chocques. Wounds received at the Battle of Aubers

Enlisted

Coatbridge /09/1914

Employed

Forehand Puddler in the Victoria Iron Works

Age

26

Buried / Remembered

Chocques Military Cemetery (I. D. 10), Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Chocques was occupied by Commonwealth forces from the late autumn of 1914 to the end of the war. The village was at one time the headquarters of I Corps and from January 1915 to April 1918, No.1 Casualty Clearing Station was posted there. Most of the burials from this period are of casualties who died at the clearing station from wounds received at the Bethune front. From April to September 1918, during the German advance on this front, the burials were carried out by field ambulances, divisions and fighting units. Chocques Military Cemetery contains 1,801 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 134 of then unidentified. There are also 82 German war graves, 47 being unidentified.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Le Havre on the 14/08/1914 and were part of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division. David was reported to have been wounded in both legs some time before news reached home of his death. More than 11,000 British casualties were sustained on 9 May 1915, the vast majority within yards of their own front-line trench. Mile for mile, Division for Division, this was one of the highest rates of loss during the entire war. The Battalion had 475 casualties of which 14 Officers. David had visited Coatbridge at New Year 1915. See Directory for David's younger brother William's page. David is also remembered on the Coatbridge Baptist Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for David's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Chocques Military Cemetery, David's Penson Records x 2 and the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Cap Badge.

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