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  cap badgePrivate William Wilson

36th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Service No: 124509

William Wilson grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of David and Margaret Wilson of 30 Laird St, Coatbridge. William's elder brother Private David Wilson (S/4028) of the 1st Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Died of Wounds on the 18/06/1915. Elder brother Alexander was with the 10th (Service) Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). In his Will dated 25/01/1918 William left all his belongings to his father. 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. William's Pension was awarded to his father David on the 25/11/1918.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 30 Laird St, Coatbridge

Died

Died of Wounds 27/04/1918 at the 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, Esquelberq

Enlisted

Coatbridge /08/1917

Employed

Union Tube Works

Age

27

Buried / Remembered

Esquelbecq Military Cemetery (I. A. 22), Nord, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery was opened in April 1918 during the early stages of the German offensive in Flanders, when the 2nd Canadian and 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations came to Esquelbecq. It was closed in September 1918, although one French grave was added in 1919 and one British soldier from 1916 was added later from an isolated site. The cemetery was used again during the Second World War, mainly for the burial of those killed during the German advance of May 1940 and the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force to Dunkirk. Esquelbecq Military Cemetery contains 578 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 47 from the Second World War. There are also 11 French and German burials.

Additional Information

See photos for William's Battalion's War Diaries from 01/04/1918 till his death. William was formerly with the Gordon Highlanders (18954). His Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at the britishwargraves.co.uk. See Directory for William's brother David's page. See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, the 36th Battalion Machine Gun Corps War Diaries x 7, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, William's Pension Record x 3, his previous Regiment the Gordon Highlanders Regiment Cap Badge and the Machine Gun Corps Cap Badge.

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