Private 28587 Henry Wilson
1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment.
Private Wilson was born in Boxford, Berkshire and the son of Walter and Jane Wilson, of 5 Salisbury Row, Hungerford. His older brother Alfred had already joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Henry enlisted at Newbury and at that time his place of residence was shown as Inkpen, Berkshire.
Linda Marsh kindly emailed (Mar 2016): "Attached is a photo of the boys and another of their memorial plaques. From one other photo that I have Arthur Thomas (Tom) would appear to be on the left and Henry (Harry) on the right.
I was directed to your website by a family researcher, who was at that time helping my cousins trace their mother’s (Joan Wilson) background.
I also have a notebook dating from WW1 in which Ella Wilson, Joan’s mother, wrote “Dear Harry was wounded in France on the 22nd March 1918. Reported dangerously ill on the 1st May. Died of wounds on 4th May aged 18 years at 4th General Hospital Camies."
He died of wounds on the 4th May 1918 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was one of two brothers killed in action.
- The cap badge of the Hampshire Regiment (sometimes referred to as the "cat and cabbage"!)
- The Commonwealth War grave for Private Henry Wilson
- Arthur Thomas (Tom) and Henry (Harry) Wilson (kindly sent by Linda Marsh, 2016)
- Henry and Thomas Wilson's memorial plaques (kindly sent by Linda Marsh, 2016)
The Battalion War Diary reads:
On the 2nd May the battalion relieved the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellingtons Regiment in the right Sub-Sector of the Brigade on the outskirts of Riez du Vinage. They remained there till the 11th May.
Casualties reported for the 4th May was rank wounded, and remained on duty. One OR was killed and five wounded on the 3rd May. It appears Private Wilson was one of the 5 wounded.
After being wounded he was passed down the medical chain destined for England. On arrival at the coast at Etaples the main hospital he would have been assessed.
Unfortunately he died here as did many of the wounded making this cemetery one of the largest in France.