Vernall Haslam Wilson (1894–1962)


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Vernall was a younger brother of George James Wilson. The family had moved to West Bank, Ambergate when he was a child. In 1917, he was given a final exemption from military service on account of his parents being deceased and having two unmarried sisters in the family home. He then served with the Royal Engineers. After demob he lived at West Bank for the rest of his life, remained unmarried and worked for the Midland Railway at Ambergate.

Medal Roll Index Card
Vernall H Wilson was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Newspaper Reports

Ripley and Heanor News, 19 November 1915
Mr Vernall Wilson (West Bank, Ambergate) has received word that his brother , Trooper Victor Wison (Derbyshire Yeomanry), Dardanelles, has been received in hospital at Seymour Park, Manchester, suffering from dysentry. Mr Vernall Wilson has another brother serving with the Colours, Sergt George Wilson. who has been in France since the commencement of hostilities.

Ripley and Heanor News, 11 May 1917
Vernal Wilson, 31, Midland Railway Employee at Ambergate Goods, whose parents were deceased, but had two sisters living at West bak, and three brothers in the Army. said it meant the home being broken up – one month final, the Chaitman eulogising the family's noble work.

Vernall's brothers George James Wilson and Victor Wilson also served. Only George is on the Roll of Honour


1901: West Bank, Ambergate

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Mary Wilson Head (wdw) 42   Ashover
Rebecca Wilson daughter 15 Hosiery weaver Crich
Mary Wilson daughter 13   Crich
George Wilson son 11   Crich
Mabel Wilson daughter 9   Crich
Vernall Wilson son 7   Fritchley
Victor Wilson son 4   Ambergate
Dorothy Wilson daughter 2   Ambergate

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1911: Saxelbye Park, Melton Mowbray [servant to Francis William Forester, Master of the Quorn Hounds]

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Vernel Haslam Wilson servant 17 Hall boy Fritchley

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1939 Register: West Bank, Ambergate
Nancy Wilson b.19 May 1887
Vernall H Wilson, b.15 March 1894; railway number taker
[Nancy Wilson would be the Mary Wilson as recorded on the 1901 Census]