William Charles Wilson

Date of birth:                     1896
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Service No.:                       12705
Rank:                                     Lance Sergeant
Regiment / Division:      Worcestershire Regiment
Battalion:                             2nd Battalion
Died:                                      17th April 1918 aged 22 years
Death Location:                 Belgium

Life before the War
William was born in 1896 Southampton.  His parents were Frank David and Harriet Louisa nee Goodwin.  He had siblings Percy James who also died in WW1, Beatrice born 1890 and Frank born 1893.

There is no trace of William until the 1911 census when he was an Inmate at Purbrook Industrial School, Purbrook, Cosham, Hampshire. There is no trace of his mother or sister in the 1901 census so he may have been with them.

War Service

Name:                                   William Charles Wilson
Birth Place:                         Southampton
Residence:                           Southampton
Death Date:                         17 Apr 1918
Death Location:                France & Flanders
Enlistment Location:      Portsmouth
Rank:                                     L/Sergeant
Regiment:                            Worcestershire Regiment
Battalion:                             2nd Battalion
Number:                              12705
Type of Casualty:             Killed in action
Theatre of War:                Western European Theatre

William is Remembered with Honour on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

On the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, William’s next of Kin were given as “Son of Frank David and Harriett Louisa Wilson, of 38 Foundry Lane, Millbrook, Southampton”.

William was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.

Brother Percy’s War Service
“Wilson, A.B. Percy James, J/11284. R.N. H.M.S. “Black Prince”. Killed in action at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916.  Age 21.  Son of Frank D Wilson, of 155, Empress Rd., Bevois Valley, Southampton. Panel 14”.

Please select the link to Percy’s name to read his story.

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