Private 5833677 - 1st Battalion
Killed in Action 15 Feb 1942 : Aged 28
Singapore Memorial - Column 62
Private 5833677 George Wilson was born 26th February 1913 in Huthwaite. Native parents 1903 Q1 marriage between farmer Mr Herbert Hedley Wilson and Miss Eva Elizabeth Stubbins afforded a Main Street home business. Father H H Wilson headed 1911 household aged 36. Wife Mrs Eva E Wilson 29, mothering Edwin 8, Jober Hedley 7, Arthur 5, Annie 3, and Frank 1. Dating George after can add at least another three named by 1939 census, Fred 1911, Ernest 1914 and Edna 1925, then homed in a splendid residence once cornering bottom Chesterfield Road called "The Populars" suiting renowned family of Master Butchers.
Mr George Wilson certainly mastered fathers butchery skills like all his brothers. But his employment started a career with the Co-Operative store originally sited in Huthwaite on Main Street. Marriage with Mrs Elsie Wilson accompanies promotional relocation into Cambridgeshire. Newmarket 1939 census reveals marital home in Brook Street, where George is Co-op Butchery Manager, plus a husband and father with housewife Mrs Elsie Wilson mothering their son.
Pte 5833677 G Wilson dutifully joined nearest Cambridgeshire Regiment. Four years after being missed from their 1st Infantry Battalion fighting in the Malaya Theatre of War, next of kin received official notification of death at widows updated Waterbeach Cambridge address. Relaying news to Huthwaite family had to finally presume killed in action on 15th February 1942, aged 28.
Reported missing at the fall of Singapore Pte. George Wilson, formerly of Huthwaite and Sutton, is now stated, in a War Office communication received by his wife, who resides at The School House, Waterbeach, Cambridge, to be presumed killed in action on February 15th, 1942. Prior to being called up Pte. Wilson was butchery manager of the Soham Co-operative Stores, Cambridge, and previously had been employed by the Stanton Hill Co-operative Society. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Wilson (butcher), of Huthwaite. He leaves one son.