Image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper.
Born: 1897, York.
Baptised: 6th August 1896, St. Thomas, York, Yorkshire.
Residence: 2, Victoria Street, Ipswich.
Died on or since death presumed: 12th October 1916; age 19; KiA. at the Battle of Transloy
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 43022
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Formerly 1633, Suffolk Cyclist Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified: Son of Edward & Ellen Wilson of 2, Victoria Street, Ipswich.
Brother to JOHN VERNON WILSON.
1901 24, East Parade, Walmgate, Yorkshire.
Edward was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Edward Wilson, 29, a School Attendance Officer, born Wilberfoss, Yorkshire.
Ellen Elizabeth Hamilton (nee Kingan), 32, born York, Yorkshire.
Jennie Lawrence Wilson, 6, born York, Yorkshire.
John Vernon Wilson, 3, born Yorkshire.
1911 81, Lacey Street, Ipswich.
Edward was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Edward, 39, a School Attendance Officer – East Suffolk Council Education Committee.
Soldiers’ Effects to Edward Wilson – father.
TWO SONS KILLED
Sergt. Edward Wilson, of the Army Pay Corps, has now lost both his sons through the war. The eldest one, Pte. Edward G.A.Wilson, of the Suffolk Regiment, was posted missing in October of last year, and all enquiries through the Records Office, the Red Cross Society, and his regimental chums having proved fruitless, there is no help for it but to accept his death. The younger son, John V. (Jack) Wilson, aged 19, was lost at sea through the sinking, by mine or torpedo, of his ship on July 20th, whilst on a voyage from Barry to Rouen on Government work. He had completed four years in the Merchant Service, having been apprenticed in July 1913. Both boys were old Secondary School Boys, and were well-known by reason of their school records, both having held school sports championships, whilst the elder held the Cambridge Local Senior Certificate. Sergt. Wilson, who is seen above with his two sons, lives at 2, Victoria Street, Ipswich.
On the 11th October the Suffolk Regiment 7th Battalion, having been allotted its task in the Battle of Transloy (already in progress) received the orders to take part in an attack on “Bayonet Trench” and “Luisenhof farm”, which had been fixed for the 12th.Going in over-night , they were heavily shelled until they occupied their assembly trenches just before dawn. All the company headquarters were in a large dugout in the sunken road leading to Guedecourt wood. After passing a reasonably quiet forenoon the battalion set out across the open at 2pm coming immediately under a very heavy cross fire of every description, but mainly from machine guns and automatic rifles. Close to the German trenches the attack was held up by machinegun nests and wire, and waves, unable to get any further, lay down. At this juncture remarkable bravery was displayed by several officers, non-commissioned officer, and men. Luet. Eagle is reported to have died fighting in the German first line, into which he had forced an entrance alone. 2 nd Lieut. Marshall, in a shell-hole with his servant and a sergeant, was bombed and sniped all afternoon, and later killed. They were close up against the German wire, but refused to go back. Captain Isham, badly wounded during the afternoon, spent the night in a shell-hole, being visited by Lieut. Bowen (himself wounded), who remained with him till dark.
The full story of this sad day, on which the 7th Battalion sustained over 500 casualties, has never been described in print. Let it suffice to say that all ranks, especially the reinforcements which recently arrived from the 6th Cyclist Battalion (becoming the 7th), acquitted themselves admirably.
The failure of the attack was due in some measure to the facts that the enemy’s wire had been only partially destroyed, and that the barrage during the launching of the attack was ineffective.
Before zero hour Captain Leith-Hay-Clarke had been twice buried by shells. Of the fourteen officers who went over the top on this occasion all became casualties.
For his part in the action Rev. A.E Cousins, chaplain to the 7th Battalion received the Military Cross.
Lieut. Bowen, wounded for the second time in three months was also awarded the Military Cross.
Transcript from “The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-1927 by Lieut. Col. C.C.R Murphy”
Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion