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Name William Arther Wilson
Date/Place of Birth 29 Aug 1889 / Drill Hall Lane, Chertsey, Surrey
Parents' Names Thomas Charles Wilson; Mary Elizabeth (nee Corps)
Father's Occupation/Location Grocer's Managers; Chertsey
Father's Death/Incapacity Pneumonia
Admitted to AO 21 Aug 1896 (Aged 6)
Admission No 5143
Left OWS&AO 21 Dec 1903 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Law Clerk; 6 Clarendon Rd, Holland Park, London
Enlistment Location St Pancras
Service/Rank/Number Rifleman 305520
Battalion/Regiment 2nd/5th (CIty of London) Battalion, London Regt
Killed/Death 20 Sept 1917 (Aged 28)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry Belgium; Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Memorial Reference Panel 52 and 54
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
   
William Arthur was born to Thomas and Mary Wilson on 29 August 1889 at Chertsey in Surrey. Williamís father died in 1905 and William was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage on 21 August 1896, aged 6. His elder sister, Nellie Edith, had joined the Orphan Working School earlier in that year. William left School in December 1903, when he was fourteen. The 1911 Census shows William working as a Law Clerk and living in Holland Park, London. He enlisted at St. Pancras and joined the 2nd/5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), London Regiment. In January 1917, the Battalion went to the Western Front. Rifleman Wilson was killed in action on 20 September 1917. His death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, in the town of Ieper (formerly Ypres), in Belgium. The Memorial contains the names of more than 54,000 casualties of the War, for whom there is no known grave. The date of Rifleman Wilsonís death coincides with the third Battle of Ypres, which culminated in the Allied capture of Passchendaele.

   
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