Private G/66018 Frederick Wilson

Wilson Frederick 96 429x600
Photograph courtesy of great-grandson Mark Wilson.

Killed in Action on Thursday, 22nd November 1917, age 38.
Commemorated on Panel 3 and 4 of Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France.

1st/2nd City of London Battalion TF (Royal Fusiliers). 169th Brigade of 56th Division.
Formerly TR/615960 12th Training Battalion, and 30827 Norfolks.

Born: Wolverhampton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Horseley Heath.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and Salem Chapel memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1757951/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Frederick Wilson registered June quarter 1879 in Dudley.

1901 Census
20 Providence Street, Tipton, Staffs.
John Wilson (44, Boiler Maker, born West Bromwich), his wife Elizabeth (44, born Bilston), and their 7 children: Frederick (22, Grocer's Assistant, born Sedgley), John T. (20, Boiler Maker, born Sedgley), Sarah E. (18, born Sedgley), Samuel (15, Boiler Maker, born Tipton), James E. (11, born Tipton), Annie (9, born Tipton), and Albert V. (5, born Tipton).

Marriage of Frederick Wilson and Ruth Sheldon registered June quarter 1905 in West Bromwich.

1911 Census
9 Ballfields, Tipton, Staffs.
Charles Sheldon (58, Milk Vendor, born West Bromwich), his daughter Ruth Wilson (30, Tailoress, born Tipton), and her husband Frederick Wilson (32, Grocer's Assistant, born Bradley).

Birth of Frederick and Ruth's son Clarence A. Wilson registered June quarter 1914 in Dudley.

Personal Data

After Frederick's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £4/11/10d (4 pounds, 11 shillings and 10 pence); this was paid to his widow Ruth in June 1918 1917. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was paid to his widow Ruth in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Frederick had enlisted within the previous 12 months.

Action resulting in his death

The London Regiment was unusual in that all of its 28 Battalions in existence at the outbreak of war were Territorial. They included numerous famous battalions such as the Artist’s Rifles, Post Office Rifles, Civil Service Rifles, London Scottish, and the Honourable Artillery Company.

One of the conditions for each Territorial battalion to serve abroad was that a secondary battalion be formed to take up their home service obligation. At this time, the 2nd (City of London) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers became the 1/2nd (City of London), and the newly formed battalion became the 2/2nd (City of London). The first 4 battalions were associated with the other London-based regiment, the Royal Fusiliers who did not have any Territorial battalions of their own.

Frederick served with the 1/2nd (City of London) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.

56th Division were at Cambrai (extreme northern end) and were involved in:
- the capture of Tadpole Copse (21 November)
- the capture of Bourlon Wood (23 - 28 November)

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