Private William Wilson, 8th Bn Seaforth Highlanders

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Private William Wilson 42155, C Company, 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (previously Gordon Highlanders)

William Wilson was born at Carnoustie on 13th June 1899 to William and Helen Wilson, who had married in Barry in 1884.  William’s father was employed as a Fireman Stationary Vehicle Worker and the family consisted of five children.  William attended school in Carnoustie before the family moved to Scone.  His father was then employed as a Road Worker. William continued his education at Scone Public School.  After leaving he was an apprentice joiner with Masterson and McGregor, Perth.  He joined the army on 12th June 1917 and later the same year went to France.  Private William Wilson  was severely wounded and taken to No 7 Casualty Clearing Station, where he died on 24th April 1918.  He was 19 years old.  William is buried in Ligny St Flochel British Cemetery.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.


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