Walter William Wilson
Private 18570 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 12th Battalion
Killed in Action Flanders 5th July 1916 : Aged 23
Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 10C 10D and 11A
Walter was indeed a native of Huthwaite, a son of Henry who wed Hannah Hill December 1883. Like his coal mining father he formerly worked the New Hucknall Colliery, but chose to enlist at Mansfield for the Sherwood Foresters in November 1915. Drafted to the front line in France, Private Wilson was killed just three months later, having only had a few days training leave in which time he married Gladys Ellis. Her relations 34 Park Street address gave Walter the distinction of also being listed on the Sutton memorial.
Notts Free Press - 11th August 1918.
PRIVATE W.W. WILSON.
That another Sutton soldier, in the person of Private W.W. Wilson, of the Sherwood Foresters, has paid the supreme sacrifice, will be gathered from the following letters:-
Writing to Mr. J. Smith, of 34, Park Street, Sutton, Bomb. Gibson, of the R.F.A., says:-
"You will be surprised to receive this letter and photo which I received from a comrade to-day. This comrade came into our camp and we were talking about the war and how it was getting on. He had just returned from the front lines, where he had had the job of stretcher bearer and the solemn work of burying the dead, and he had several things he had picked up. Among them were eleven photos, two of which I am sending to you. He asked me and two of my comrades to look after them. I knew you at first glance, and I also know the young lady by sight, so I am sending them on to you. I am very sorry indeed to say that the comrade who gave them to me had the solemn task of laying to rest the person who possessed them, whom I believed to be Walter Wilson, of Sutton-in-Ashfield. I am also sending you the address of the comrade who picked them up so that you can write to him. He tells me that Walter was wounded, and before he could be got away a shell came and killed him and two others. My comrades and I are very sorry to send you such bad news of one of your friends, but we thought you would like the photos. I must now close, sending you my deepest sympathy."
Mrs. Wilson, who lives with her uncle and aunt (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) received the following letter, dated July 12th, from an English Hospital:- "I hope you will excuse me for writing these few lines to you, but I think it is the least thing I can do to let you know that poor old Walter got killed. I regret to have to send such news to anyone, but he was such a good pal to me ever since we came out, and I find it hard to write on such a subject. I hope you will accept my greatest sympathy, for it seems so hard to lose such a pal, but please don't take it too hard, and I know it will be a great knock for you, for he died for his country, and the regiment has got a good name, so it is something to be proud of. Please accept my greatest sympathy - I can do no more. He was in my section and we were all proud of him. I can tell you it is a great loss to us all.- A. Varnam, B Coy. 1st Sherwood Foresters."
The late soldier, who was 23 years of age, considered his duty to do what he could for the country and enlisted on November 6th, 1915, leaving home to go into training some three days later. About Easter of last year he was drafted to France, where he remained until his death on July 5th, 1916. A native of Huthwaite, he worked at the New Hucknall Colliery, and, immediately before enlisting, at the B Winning Colliery. During the whole period of his training he had but one leave during which time he was married to Miss G. Ellis, and it is particularly sad that they should have passed only a few days together at their home at Sutton-in-Ashfield.
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Related material from Mrs Lynne Weston
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Age and family details unconfirmed.
Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 WALTER WILLIAM WILSON Born Huthwaite, enlisted Mansfield, resides Sutton. Private 18570 1st. Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.) Killed in action, France and Flanders, 5th. July, 1916.
Lest we forget - The Blackwell Colliery War Souvenir
W.W. Wilson, 43, Common Road, Huthwaite. Enlisted 7-11-14. Pte., 3rd Batt. Sherwood Foresters. Actions: La Boiselle. Killed in action, 5-7-16.
Also listed upon the Sutton-in-Ashfield memorial.