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Robert Wilson

Rank: Private
Street: St. Michael's Road
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Living at St. Michael's Road
Census 1911: Residing at the Inkerman Barracks, Woking, Surrey with his regiment.
Regiment/Unit: East Lancashire Regiment, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 9717
Date of Death: 01-07-1916
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France

Robert was born c.1889 in St. Michael's Road, Longford, the son of Michael and Jemima Wilson. By 1911, Pte Wilson had enlisted in the 1st East Lancashire, at Athlone, Co. Westmeath. In the 1911 census, he was stationed at Woking, Surrey; the regiment were moved to Colchester in 1912 and remained there until the outbreak of the war. The 1st East Lancashires served on the Western Front for the duration of the war.

Pte. Wilson was one of the casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. His next-of-kin was recorded as being his sister Isabella*

Parents Names: Son of Michael and the late Jemima Wilson of St. Michael's Road, Longford.
Notes: Pte Wilson's mother passed away in 1902, and Michael Wilson remarried c.1905. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists Wilson's sister's married name as Mrs. Isabella Fotheringham, 51 Manse Steet, Renfrew, Scotland.

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