WALTER WILSON 1876–1957
Born 29th October 1876 in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire
Baptised 31st December 1876 St Michael’s Church, Farnsfield. Address Upper Hexgreave Lodge.
Married in 1900 to Emma Baxter in Bingham district
Sons John born 1902, Walter born 1907, Albert born 1909, Samuel born 1911
Died 10th August 1957, age 80. Buried in Radcliffe on Trent cemetery, grave reference D150
Age 6 living with father Walter 43, a labourer born in Farnsfield, mother Elizabeth 44 born in Arnold, sister Kezzie (Kezia) 12 and brother John 9. They lived in Bilsthorpe.
Age 15, an agricultural labourer, living with father Walter 53, mother Elizabeth 53, sister Kezia 22 and her husband George Briggs, and brother John 18 an agricultural labourer. They lived on Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.
Age 24 employed as a railway labourer living with his wife Emma 22 born in Radcliffe on Trent and his wife’s grandmother Lucy Thraves, 82, from Cotgrave. They lived on Back Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.
Age 34 employed as a carter for a coal merchant living with wife Emma 32, sons John Frederick 9, Walter 4 and Albert 2. They lived in a 5 roomed house at The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent.
Service Number: 31108, formerly 64350 (Durham Light Infantry)
Military Unit: Labour Corps, previously 25th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Theatre of War: Unknown; served overseas
10.12.15: Enlisted. Private 65340 Durham Light Infantry
At an unknown date he was transferred to the Labour Corps, service number 31108
22.3.18: Discharged from Northern Command Labour Centre due to sickness, age 41. Silver War Badge 369922 issued.
Medals Awarded: British War and Victory.
Family reminiscences say that he was gassed and was in hospital but was given the opportunity to stay in hospital or go home as he had only one functioning lung. He chose to return to Radcliffe on Trent as he had four sons and lived until he was 80. He was in receipt of an army pension for 30% disability due to chronic bronchitis in 1922 – 12s plus 7/1d for wife and 2 children. His family believed that he received 80% pension. There is no record of an increase currently available.
From the 1922 Electoral Register
Address: The Harlequin
Household: Walter Wilson living with wife Emma
From the 1939 Register
Address: West Cottages, The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent
Household: living with wife Emma and son Samuel, builder’s labourer
Will: W Wilson of West Cottages, 12 Nursery Road, Radcliffe on Trent died 19th August 1957, probate Nottingham to Albert Wilson bricklayer
Reason for inclusion on the Radcliffe On Trent Roll of Honour
Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.