Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1898, York.

Baptised: 11th May 1898, St. Thomas’s, York, Yorkshire.

Died: 20th July 1917; age 19; Killed by mine.

Residence: 2, Victoria Street, Ipswich.

Employed: for four years in the Merchant Service – apprenticed in July 1913.


Rank: Sailor.

Regiment: Mercantile Marine; S.S. ‘Bramham’ (London).


Memorial Reference:IMG_6590

Mercantile Marine Memorial Part VIII,

Tower Hill Memorial,



Relatives Notified: Son of Edward & Ellen Wilson of 2, Victoria Street, Ipswich.






1901   24, East Parade, Walmgate, Yorkshire.


John was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Edward Wilson, 29, a School Attendance Officer, born Wilberfoss, Yorkshire.

Ellen Elizabeth Hamilton Wilson (nee Kingan), 32, born York, Yorkshire.

Jennie Lawrence Wilson, 6, born York, Yorkshire.

Edward George Acomb Wilson, 4, born York, Yorkshire.


1911   81, Lacey Strret, Ipswich.


John was 13 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Edward, 39, a School Attendance Officer – East Suffolk Council Education Committee.

Ellen, 42.

Jennie, 16.

Edward, 14.


John is also remembered on Northgate High School Memorial. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


On the 20th July 1917, the British Steamer S.S.’Bramham’, on a voyage from Barry to Rouen with a cargo of coal, was struck by a mine from the German submarine UC-47(Paul Hundius) 10 miles ExS of Lizard Point. 1 man 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.




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