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, William John

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 printed lists of villagers in The Wetherby News or Collingham Parish Magazine
  • Named as an Absent Voter due to Naval or Military Service on the 1918 or 1919 Absent Voter list for Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite

The name of William John Wilson appears on the 1918 electoral roll for Collingham, marked as absent due to Naval or Military Service.

Family background

William John Wilson was born on the 8th March 1899 in Collingham, the son of John Andrew Wilson and his wife Sarah. By 1911, William was living at The Post Office, Collingham with his aunt, the sub-postmistress, Ann Groves and his parents.

Service record

William's service record has not survived and we have not yet unequivocally tied his service to that of any of the large number of William John Wilsons who did serve.

We know that William was injured at least once during his service:

Wetherby News 26 April 1918

Pte. Wilson, of the Post Office, Collingham, is in hospital in France suffering from trench fever.


After the war

After the war, William returned to Collingham, appearing in the annual electoral rolls from 1919 to 1928. In that year he married Alice Eliza Green in Collingham Church on the 16th June 1928. William gave his profession at the time as a mechanic. William and Alice also appear in the Collingham electoral rolls from 1937 to 1939 at Sunnyside, Collingham. In 1939, at the time of the 1939 registration at the start of World War 2, William was living at Sunnyside, Main Street, Collingham.

Biography last updated 03 February 2021 18:10:03.


1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 25962
The Wetherby News 26/4/1918

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