Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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10/09/2018 Possible family: William Wilson, Elizabeth Jane Wilson, Anne Wilson (born 6th August 1884), John Wilson (born 25th April 1883), Matilda Wilson (born 6th August 1884), Robert Wilson (born 7th May 1886), William Wilson (born 3rd October 1887), Margaret Wilson (born 20th June 1889, died 8th August 1894), Thomas Wilson (born 28th December 1890, died 26th October 1891), Thomas Wilson (born 13th May 1892), Samuel Wilson (born 8th February 1894), Joseph Wilson (born 6th November 1895), Letitia Wilson (born 2nd February 1899).
10/09/2018 It was during a German bombardment on the morning of the 1st April 1917 that the two brothers were killed in action together as a result of shellfire. The battalion had just moved to Mareouil when a shell hit a building that was being used as a billet. Twenty one men were killed outright and a further twenty eight were wounded. According to battalion records, the Wilson brothers were killed in the incident.
10/09/2018 Thomas and Joseph Wilson were sons of William and Jane Wilson. William Wilson and Elizabeth Jane Smyth were married on 3rd May 1881 in the district of Cookstown.
10/09/2018 On the night of 31st March 1917, a raid on the enemy lines was carried out and it was discovered that the 2nd Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment, considered to be one of the bravest and most stubborn in the German Army, was holding the line opposite. The plan was that on the following day, 1st April, they would attack and drive the Germans out of the salient into which they had advanced as a result of fighting on the Somme between the Ancre and the Scarpe. The task given to the 51st Highland Division (in conjunction with the Canadians on the left and the 34th Division on the right), was to capture the southern shoulder of Vimy Ridge.
10/09/2018 Private Thomas Wilson had the Regimental Number 7754, then 6511 and finally 268276.
10/09/2018 The two young men enlisted together, being numbered only four digits apart and were both in the 1st/6th Battalion Black Watch.
10/09/2018 Private Thomas Wilson was serving with the 1st/6th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) when he was killed in action on Sunday 1st April 1917.
10/09/2018 It seems the family moved to Scotland around 1900. There is no listing of the family in the Irish census in either the 1901 or 1911.
10/09/2018 Brothers Private Joseph Wilson and Private Thomas Wilson are buried side by side in Mareouil Cemetery. Thomas is buried in plot 4- row B- grave 9 and Joseph is buried in plot 4- row B- grave 10.
10/09/2018 Private Thomas Wilson is NOT commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
10/09/2018 The CWGC record Private Thomas Wilson as the son of William and Jane Wilson of Shivey, Sandholes, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
10/09/2018 Thomas was born in Cookstown on 13th May 1892. Thomas was one of a family of possibly eleven children, nine surviving.
10/09/2018 On the first anniversary of their death their devoted parents, brothers and sisters put the following poem in the paper:
10/09/2018 The family lived at 74 Grey Street, Shettleston, Glasgow.
30/12/2015 Though one year has passed and gone
30/12/2015 On the first anniversary of their death their devoted parents, brothers and sisters put the following poem in the paper:
30/12/2015 “Sleep our dear sons in a foreign grave
30/12/2015 Your lives for your country you nobly gave
30/12/2015 But safe in God’s keeping now you lie
30/12/2015 Since that great sorrow fell
30/12/2015 Yet in our hearts we mourn the loss
30/12/2015 Of those we loved so well
30/12/2015 You have left behind some aching hearts
30/12/2015 That loved you very dear
30/12/2015 Hearts that never can forget
30/12/2015 For still your memory’s written here.”
30/12/2015 No friends stood near you to say goodbye
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