|Kings Royal Rifle Corps||C/6895||18th Battalion|
Photo courtesy Sharon Huckle
George was born 5 December 1897 and worked as a draper’s assistant before he joined the army.
The Hat Factory, in centre of photograph, is where George was living in 1911.
He was captured in March 1918 at Bapaume, France, and was a PoW for eight months at the Münster II camp. After the war he worked as a railway goods guard and moved to London, where he married Ada Queenie Yalland at St Pancras Register Office, 8 October 1921. During WW2, he moved the family to Derbyshire, where they lived in the Ripley area.
Derbyshire Courier, 7 December 1918
CRICH, LEA, & HOLLOWAY
At Crich Council School, on Saturday a peace dance was held on behalf of the blind soldiers. The MC's were Messrs LH Griffith and A Mercer, music was supplied by Mr H Kiddy’s band of Holloway
There is no indication of any abatement of the influenza scourge in the Crich district . The parochial and council schools have been closed for another fortnight. The German prisoners of war are also suffering from influenza, no fewer than from's 60 to 70 per cent of them being affected.
After having been for eight months a prisoner of war in the hands of the Germans, Rifleman George Wilson, of the factory, Crich arrived home on Monday. He came from Hull on Saturday. In a chat with our local correspondent he said they were put to work in the coal mines and were paid at the rate of 8 shillings per month. They were fed on black bread and cabbage water and they called it soup.
Wilson George, Private, 18th KRR, captured 24 March 1918 at Bapaume, born 5/2/98, address Hat Factory, Fritchley. In Munster II Camp.
Medal Roll Index Card
He received the Victory and British War Medals.
George Wilson's brother James Wilson, who served in the Navy, is also on the Roll of Honour.
1901: Millgreen, Crich
|George E||Wilson||Head||35||Limestone quarryman||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 14 page 19
1911: Hat Factory, Crich
|James||Wilson||son||19||Engine driver at colliery||Crich|
|Elsie||Wilson||daughter||17||General servant domestic||Crich|
RG14PN20983 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED12 SN137
1939 Register: Walthamstow; Northcote Road
George Wilson b.5 Dec 1897, Goods guard LMS Rly Co
Ada Wilson b.23 Nov 1896
William Wislon b.19 Aug 1923 Pickle factory hand
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