This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1. Today we especially commemorate Corporal 18282 Henry Reginald Hirst of the Royal Army Ordnance Corp who was born on this day in 1876.Today we especially commemorate 2nd Lieutenant Sidney Herbert Bray of the 8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment who died on this day in 1918.
Wilson, John Stanley

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Corporal

Service Number 37470

Service Army

Battalion 1st Battalion

Regiment West Yorkshire Regiment

Killed in Action: 14th July 1918

Commemorated at: Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing

Other service during World War One
Information from Medal Index Cards (WO372), Medal Rolls (WO329), Service Records (WO363) and/or Pension Records (WO364) held by The National Archives.
Rank Number Unit
Acting Corporal 37470 16th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment
Acting Corporal 37470 Attd. 3rd Entrenching Battalion
Pre-war Occupation*/marital status**

Trade or Occupation pre-war: Clerk
Marital status: Single

* Taken from attestation papers or 1911 census
** Marital status on enlistment or at start of war
Connection with Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite and reason for inclusion on this web site
  • Lived in Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite immediately prewar or during the war
  • Named on war village memorials or Roll of Honour


Family background

John Stanley Wilson was born in Leafield, Yeadon on the 29th September 1897, third of five sons of Francis Henry and Charlotte Ellen Wilson.

In 1911, John was living at 88 Grange Avenue, Chapeltown Road, Leeds with his parents and family. His father was a wholesale grocer and the family lived with one lady's help. John was listed as being at School - he attended Leeds Boys Modern. At some time, John's parents moved from Leeds to The Grange, Collingham.

Service record

In August 1916, as soon as he was 18, John enlisted in Leeds, joining the 4th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. He was later transferred to the 16th Battalion (the Bradford Pals) and he was sent to France later that year. John worked as one of the Battalions Observer Scouts and was wounded in May 1917 spending a month in hospital. He returned to the Bradford Pals, but was again transferred, this time to the 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment and in early 1918 John was promoted to Corporal. At Ridge Wood in Belgium John was shot by a sniper on the 14th July 1918. He was buried where he fell but his final resting place was lost and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial near Ypres in Belgium.

John's brother, Herbert Hedley Wilson, also served in the Army and survived the War.

Biography last updated 16 November 2019 16:15:37.


1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 26964
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/110696

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