Private 15320 Albert Wilson

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Killed in Action Gallipoli on Monday, 9th August 1915, age 27.
Commemorated on Panel 134 to 136 of Helles Memorial, Turkey.

7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 33rd Brigade of 11th Division.

Youngest Son of John and Eliza Wilson, of 14, Bloomfield Terrace, Bloomfield Rd., Tipton; husband of Beatrice May Cole (formerly Wilson), of 10, Bloomfield Terrace, Bloomfield Rd., Tipton.
Born: Wolverhampton, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed Balkans, 21st July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Matthew's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/684634/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
14 Bloomfield Terrace, Tipton, Staffs.
John Wilson (42, Railway Platelayer, born Kinlet), his wife Eliza (42, born Winstanstow), and their 3 children: John (16, Blast Furnace Labourer, born Bushbury), Joseph Arthur (14, Blacksmith's Labourer, born Bushbury), and Albert (12, born Wolverhampton).

1911 Census
14 Bloomfield Terrace, Tipton, Staffs.
John Wilson (52, Railway Platelayer, born Kinlet), his wife Eliza (52, born Winstanstow), and 1 of their 3 surviving children of 4: Albert (22, Moulder in Iron Foundry, born Wolverhampton).

Marriage of Albert Wilson and Beatrice M. Reynolds registered September quarter 1911 in Dudley.

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

On August 6th the 7th South Staffs took part in the landings at 'B' beach Suvla Bay, two days later the 7th South Staffs took part in an attack on Chocolate and Scimitar Hill which went disastrously wrong. The 'History of the 7th South Staffs' reports 400 casualties, this is highly likely as 118 Other Ranks and 3 Officers were killed, amongst them 9 Tipton men. Albert Wilson, like all 9 of the Tipton men, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

A short extract from the 7th South Staffs War Diary of the events of the 8/9th August written by the Second in command of the 7th South Staffs Lt-Colonel A. Tool:
"Most of that night, the 8/9th, we spent in very slowly working our way back to the 33rd Brigade rendezvous. It was not really a very long way, but the dense scrub necessitated "snake" formation, and every time there was a check, which was very often, men dropped down asleep, and had to be kicked up by the officers.

As far as I can remember we were quite punctual at our rendezvous with the 6/Lincolns on our left, but the Borderers, who should have been on our right, were not in sight, and we were sent off and told that they would join in, which they did later on.

The right of the S.Staffs was to direct the 33rd Brigade on the line "Summit of Scimitar Hill - "W" Hill, and Col. Daukes ordered me to go forward with the leading troops and see that direction was accurately kept. To my horror I saw the companies starting to advance in the column of route, but I quickly ran up and shook them out into artillery formation, We had almost reached Scimitar Hill, the Borderers having come into place, when a Subaltern I was walking beside lit a cigarette and promptly dropped with a bullet in his forehead.

A moment later a Lincoln officer ran up to me and reported that Captain Martin, commanding the company I was with at the moment, was killed and that the Turks were just the other side of Chocolate Hill."

Following information taken from History of the Seventh South Staffordshire Regiment (Ashcroft):
9th August 1915
"At 06.00 we reached Hill 70 and at once came under murderous shrapnel and rifle fire. Every single officer in A & D companies (firing line) and in 'B' company (supporting line) were either killed or wounded in the first 10 minutes. At about 08.00 support arrived from the 10th Division, but even with their assistance no headway could be made. About 10.00 our line began to give way owing to the fact the scrub had caught fire, the Turks aided by this were working around our left. This flanking movement was checked by reinforcements of Dublins and Queens.

The battalion behaved magnificently but were overwhelmed by an enemy who had every position of advantage. On the 10th August, the losses in killed and wounded were computed to be well over 400. For three days, the Staffords and Borderers held an old Turkish communication trench running on to Chocolate Hill, and were then relieved by the 32nd Brigade."

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald September 11th 1915
When the call for men, and yet more men, became insistent, young Mr Albert Wilson, aged 26, who for 13 years had been a moulder at Messrs Bullers Ltd. of Tipton, felt that he had to respond and leaving wife and children behind, joined the 7th South Staffs Regiment. This was about ten months ago. He went into the Dardanelles on July 1st, and he was killed in that terrible battle on August 8th. He leaves a widow and two bonny little boys - one aged 3 years and another of about 7 months - to mourn his loss.
Just after he had left England, his employer needed him for Government work and tried to get him back, but it was too late. He is the youngest son of Mr and Mrs John Wilson senior, of 14 Bloomfield Terrace. His father is a former platelayer at Robert's Furnaces.
The deceased soldier had been a regular attendant at St Matthew's Sunday School during the ministry of Rev. R.H. Keith, and was a member of the Boy's Brigade. His wife was for many years a teacher in the Sunday School, and a leading member of the Band of Hope. She and her husband were much liked and respected.

Tipton Herald September 11th 1915
Roll of Honour
WILSON.- Private Albert Wilson, aged 26, youngest son of John and Eliza Wilson and husband of Beatrice May Wilson, Bloomfield Terrace, Tipton. Killed in Action, August 8th 1915.

Tipton Herald September 18th 1915
Mr and Mrs Albert Wilson (Bloomfield Terrace, Tipton) wish to convey their sincere thanks for the sympathy of friends in their sad bereavement. August 8th 1915.

Tipton Herald August 5th 1916
In Memoriam
WILSON.- In loving memory of Private Albert Wilson, (of Bloomfield Terrace, Tipton) who died for his King and Country, August 8th 1915. Sadly missed by his wife, children, mother and dad.
"God takes our loved ones from our homes
But never from our hearts."

Tipton Herald August 11th 1917
In memoriam
In loving memory of Private Albert Wilson (of Bloomfield Terrace, Tipton) who died for his King and Country, August 8th 1915. Sadly missed by his wife, children, mother and dad.

Tipton Herald August 10th 1918
In memoriam
WILSON - In loving memory of Private Albert Wilson, of 14 Bloomfield Terrace, Tipton, who died for king and Country, August 8th 1915. Sadly missed by his mother and dad.
"God took our loved one from our home
But never from our hearts."
WILSON - In loving memory of the late Private Albert Wilson, who was killed in action August 8th 1915. Fondly remembered by his wife and sons Albert and Harry.