Monday 25 February 2013

Private William Henry Wilson

Born on 11 June 1892 in Darwin, Lancashire, England - son of Harry and Annie Wilson, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as clerk; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.25 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair

Joined the 166th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 31 January 1916 (number 669717) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 November or 1 December 1916 - killed in action on 3 January 1917 - buried in Canadian Cemetery No. 2, France (grave 3.A.10).

(Photograph of Pte Wilson's headstone taken by me in April 2007).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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