Service Number 420771
Regiment Labour Corps
The name Ernest Wilson appears in the 1918 and 1919 electoral rolls for Collingham as an absent voter due to Naval or Military Service. Ernest's name also appears in the Collingham electoral roll for 1920 and each year up to 1924, but not after that. We have found a registration for a death in the third quarter of 1925 in the Wetherby District for an Ernest Wilson aged 35. This would suggest a date of birth in 1890. However, until now, we had not been able to identify the individual service record for 'our' Ernest Wilson.
134 men named Ernest Wilson were awarded campaign medals for the First World War and we had not been able to identify which record corresponds to Collingham's Ernest Wilson. However the new Pension record cards and ledgers, being digitised in November 2018, now allow us to find that Private 420771 Ernest Wilson of the Labour Corps, formerly Gunner 5844 of the Royal Field Artillery, gave his address as Collingham Bridge, Yorkshire. We do not have details of which units Ernest served in, and so, at present, cannot identify where he served.
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