Service Number 15004
Battalion 9th Battalion
Regiment West Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in Action: 9th August 1915
Commemorated at: Helles Memorial, Turkey
William Pearson Allan Wilson was born on the 2nd April 1892 at College View Windermere, the son of Thomas and Sarah Wilson. His family moved soon after his birth to Collingham and he was baptised in St. Oswald's church on the 15th May 1892 and was confirmed in Wetherby Church on the 18th February 1907 at the same service as Raymond Johnson and William Stoker. In 1911, at the time of the census, he was living with his family at Fullerton Terrace, Collingham.
William enlisted in Wetherby near the start of the war and was posted to the 9th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. William was one of the many local men who served in that Battalion and who was killed (on the 9th August 1915) in the Gallipoli campaign. William's body was not recovered after the battle and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.
A number of articles in the Wetherby News of the time give accounts of the local soldiers' experiences in Gallipoli. View those reports here
1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 25962
The Wetherby News 18/9/1914
The Collingham Parish Magazine Dec 1914 & Feb 1915
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and Burial Reports
Pension Record Cards and Ledgers. Case number 11/D/89764
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