1. Grave:Boulogne Eastern CemeteryVII. A. 50.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.139

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Family :

Son of Joseph and Annie Wilson, of 497, Stanhope Rd., South Shields.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 5th (East Anglian) Brigade RFA 

Action : The First Battles of the Somme 1918 and associated actions 

21 March - 4 July 1918. The Battles of the Somme in 1918 were mostly concerned with stemming the German advance which started in March 1918 and which made considerable gains in the Somme/Arras sector. Utilising surplus troops which had become available following the surrender of Russia after the October Revolution, the Germans gambled on a massive campaign that could win the war in the west before the USA could bring its resources to bear. Initial gains were in places spectacular but eventually dogged resistance coupled with supply problems and sheer exhaustion closed down the battle. Other attacks were launched along the front to probe the Allied defences but the same pattern of initial gains followed by stalemate prevailed. British casualties were almost 345,000.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Canada No. 3527 E.C.London

1st January 1918
1st January 1918
1st January 1918

Discrepancies (Require checks, clarity or further research) :

Requires further investigation. The entry in Canada Lodge shows William John Wilson passed and raised and having received a GLC after date of recorded death. However, it does record "Died of Wounds" so perhaps date of death is incorrect.

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