Lurgan's Dead from The Great War 1914-18

John Wilson


Private Wilson, J.
Royal Irish Fusiliers "D" Coy. 2nd Bn.

who died on
24 January 1915. Aged 24

Additional Information:
Son of John and Elizabeth Wilson,
of 17, Church Walk, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

Prior to the outbreak of the war John had served for seven years in India with the Royal Irish Fusiliers. A keen sportsman John had played football for Glenavon Reserves.

Letter from Sergeant Major Allen Wilson to his parents John and Elizabeth:
25th January 1915: “My dear Father and Mother – It has been the will of God to take our beloved John yesterday morning about 9 o’clock. His Platoon officer Mr Hatch, was struck with shrapnel shot, and John jumping to his assistance was trying to pull him out of the dugout when he was struck in the chest and killed instantly. He should be recommended for Distinguished Service on the field and I hope this will be done, though it is but poor consolation for his loss. He and Mr Hatch were buried side by side a few yards from the trench. My dear parents try and bear our loss bravely. His was an honourable and noble death, and may God help you both in our sorrow, this is the fervent wish of your loving son, Allen.”

Grave or Reference Panel Number:
Panel 42.

John Wilson

from information supplied by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Our thanks to Richard Edgar for additional information.

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