Private William Wilson

Private William Wilson, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. He was posted missing presumed killed in action in France on 27th September 1915 during the attack on the ” Chalk Pits ” which was part of the Battle of Loos. He was aged 23 and was the son of James and Isabella Wilson of Holefield, Kelso, Roxburghshire and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. This attack cost the Battalion  2 Officers and 113 Other Ranks killed or missing and 12 Officers and 324 Other Ranks wounded.  Before enlisting in Earlston in November 1914 he had been employed as a shepherd and a road surfaceman in the Kelso- Earlston area. The photograph shows part of the Loos battlefield looking towards the German front line and the second shows Scots Guards in the captured ” Little Willie ” trench preparing bombs before the assault.

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