World War 1

War Records 1914-18



2/Lieutenant Thomas B Waddell


Lieutenant W H Wanklyn


Sapper William Wassell


Private Robert Watkinson


Private Jack C Watson


Lance Corporal Robert Whitton


Private Sidney J Williams


Private Alexander Williamson


Corporal Charles Williamson


Private David Williamson


Sergeant Donald Williamson (Alness)


Private Donald Williamson (Edderton)


Private George Williamson


Private Isaac Williamson


Private James Williamson


Private Lindsay Williamson


Private Peter Williamson


Private Thomas Williamson


Private George L Willox


Alexander Wilson (Alness)


Private Alexander Wilson (Nigg)


Sergeant Joe Wilson


John Wilson (Alness)


Private John Wilson (Nigg)


Sergeant Lionel M Wilson (photo appeared 17.11.1916)


Sergeant Lionel M Wilson (photo appeared 17.08.1917)


Private R L Wilson


Trooper Robert Wilson


Thomas Wilson (Alness)


Private William Wilson (Alness)


Private William A Winter (Grantham)

Surname W

Surname Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Waddell Thomas B 2/Lieutenant Kilwinning  
Wanklyn W H Lieutenant Killearnan  
Wassell William Sapper Dingwall  
Watkinson Robert Private Manchester  
Watson Jack C Private Kinlochewe  
Whitton Robert L/Corporal London  
Williams Sidney J Private London  
Williamson Alexander Private Edderton Brothers 1
Williamson Charles Corporal Tain  
Williamson David Private Alness  
Williamson Donald Sergeant Alness  
Williamson Donald Private Edderton  1
Williamson George Private Alness  
Williamson Isaac Private Alness  
Williamson James Private Edderton  1
Williamson Lindsay Private Edderton  1
Williamson Peter Private Edderton  1
Williamson Thomas Private Dingwall  
Willox George L Private Avoch  
Wilson Alexander Not stated Alness Brothers 2
Wilson Alexander Private Nigg Brothers 3
Wilson Joe Sergeant Nigg  3
Wilson John Not stated Alness  2
Wilson John Private Nigg  3
Wilson Lionel M Sergeant London Brothers 4
Wilson R L Private London  4
Wilson Robert Trooper  Alness  2
Wilson Thomas Not stated Alness  2
Wilson William Private Alness  2
Winter William A Private Grantham  

Date of Paper:  18.05.1917
Surname:  Waddell
First Name(s):  Thomas Bryson
Rank:  Lieutenant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Woodwynd, Kilwinning, Ayrshire

THE LATE 2/LIEUT. T. B. WADDELL, SEAFORTHS
2/Lt. Thomas Bryson Waddell, of the county battalion of Seaforths, who, as already reported, was killed in action in France on 9th April, was the son of Mr William B. Waddell, Woodwynd, Kilwinning, Ayrshire. A native of Kilwinning, he was a bright pupil at the Parish School, and passed to Irvine Academy as a bursar. He was a medallist there in mathematics and classics, and his earlier promise materialised at Glasgow University, where he graduated M.A. and B.Sc. with honours in mathematics and natural philosophy. Full fledged in Jan.1914, he was appointed science and classical master in Dornoch Academy. In July, 1915, he joined up, and became a private in a service battalion of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, receiving his training at Plymouth and other stations in England. A good shot, he was picked out and trained as a sniper, receiving a rank as Lance-Corporal. In May, 1916, he went to France, and for three months was on duty as a sniper. In August, 1916, by which time the authorities were looking round more particularly for likely officers, his qualities marked him out at once, and he came home to attend officers' courses. He went to Gailes Cadet School, from which he emerged second in the list of candidates. He got his commission in January, 1917, and was posted to the 4th (Res.) Seaforths. At Ripon, Colonel Mason Macfarlane, recognising the qualities of the young officer, further special courses followed. In particular, apart from qualifying in musketry, he gained the certificate of a divisional anti-gas instructor, and on rejoining his unit acted as assistant in that capacity. He went to France in March, and had only been three weeks there when he fell at the head of his platoon. Lieut.-Colonel Unthank, in a letter to Lt. Waddell's mother, confirms this statement, and speaks in terms of high appreciation of his worth and work.
"He was the embodiment of every manly virtue," says a writer in a contemporary.
"He had a clean mind, a pure unsullied nature, an imperturbable disposition that never appeared to be touched by any mental disturbance, a bright and winning smile that radiated sunshine everywhere." And, "If he indulged any feeling of pride whatever in the distinction he had received (at school or university), it was because of the joy it brought to a mother's heart."
"A most likeable lad, Colonel Mason Macfarlane said of him, "He would have gone far in his profession."
"His passing has caused widespread sorrow in his native town, and aroused the keenest sympathy for the stricken home, but his memory will remain an abiding and precious possession in the hearts that now mourn for him." In that sympathy with those who see the vacant chair officers and men of the county regiment join, and Ross-shire people share it sincerely and acknowledge the debt they owe to those who share in the war fortunes of her own immediate sons.
A portrait of Lt. Waddell appears to-day.

Date of Paper:  15.06.1917
Surname:  Wanklyn
First Name(s):  W. H.
Rank:  Second Lieutenant
Regiment:  Life Guards
Home Address:  The Manse, Killearnan, Ross-shire

2/LT. W. H. WANKLYN, LIFE GUARDS, MISSING
A photograph is reproduced to-day of this fine young officer, who was officially reported missing, believed killed, on 11th May, and, as reported last week, information is asked for by Mrs Macdonald, The Manse, Killearnan, Ross-shire, the sister of Lt. Wanklyn's widowed mother, whose only son he is.
The point of the Ross-shire connection, in asking information, is that a bombing party of a Seaforth battalion were engaged in the same sort of enterprise as Lt. Wanklyn, and it is hoped some of them may be able to add material information to the facts, and will communicate direct with Mrs Macdonald.
Lt. Wanklyn went forward with a few of his men, somewhere in the Arras sector . Their objective was a certain machine gun. Lt. Wanklyn's orderly was shot just by his side, and, resolved to avenge him, he proceeded ahead alone at first, and was seen entering a house, believed to be full of Germans. Seaforths, out on a like exploit, rushed forward after him, and they also entered the house. Some say they saw Lt. Wanklyn come out; some, missing him, went back and searched for him, but he could not be traced, nor, when the ground was searched the next day, was there any sign of him .
To clear up, if possible, the uncertainty is what is desired, and anyone who can help to do this will confer a great kindness on the anxious relatives.
Lt. Wanklyn is a splendid officer, tall, as befits a Life Guardsman, and adored by all ranks in his unit.

Date of Paper:  11.05.1917
Surname:  Wassell
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Sapper
Regiment:  Royal Engineers
Home Address:  Bridaig, Dingwall

THE LATE SAPPER WILLIAM WASSELL, DINGWALL
There is reproduced to-day a photograph of this fine young soldier, who, as reported last week, was killed in action on 19th April, somewhere in the East, while serving as a telegraphist in the Royal Engineers, with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Sapper Wassell was one of four sons of Mr O. T. Wassell, superintendent, Prudential Assurance Company, Bridaig, Dingwall. A Dingwall Academy boy, he will be well remembered by many of his old class fellows, among whom he was well respected. On leaving school he passed his examinations for the Post Office, and proceeded to Thurso, from whence he was transferred to Nairn. It was at Nairn he joined up, entering the Royal Engineers, a branch of the Army for which his training and technical knowledge fitted him peculiarly well. A telegraphist in the R.E. may, as a separate unit of the Army, be drafted anywhere, and it was somewhat remarkable that Sapper Wassell's destination should by a mere coincidence have landed in the Sinai Desert, and at El-Kintara near by a unit of Ross-shire origin, and not only so, but alongside a group of his former associates in Dingwall Academy, including, strangely enough, his particular school chum. It was a happy meeting that, and it was a regretful parting when his unit was transferred to other scenes. To that group, now in another field of war, the news of Sapper Wassell's death will be specially sad news. A fine type of war-made soldier, imbued with a quiet determination to do his bit worthily, Sapper Wassell is another example of the great and willing sacrifices which our sons have made on the altar of freedom and free peoples. Twenty-one years of age, his death will be regretted greatly, and sympathy in full measure goes out to his father and the other members of the family An older brother [obliterated].

Date of Paper:  25.01.1918
Surname:  Watson
First Name(s):  Jack C.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  London Regiment
Home Address:  Free Church Manse, Kinlochewe

SON OF KINLOCHEWE MANSE KILLED
Above is reproduced a photograph of Pte. Jack C. Watson, London Regiment, who was killed in action in Palestine on 9th December last. The younger son of the Rev. John Watson, Free Church Manse, Kinlochewe, he was only 22 years of age. Joining up early in the war, he saw much service in France, Macedonia, and Egypt. In pre-war days he was employed with Messrs Duncan & Duncan solicitors, Dingwall and latterly with Mr Robert Munro, Town Chamberlain. He took a keen interest in sport, especially football, and was an energetic and helpful member of the Dingwall Thistle Football Club. Of a bright and loveable disposition, he was a great favourite with all who knew him. His letters home to friends were always written in a cheery, uncomplaining spirit, and his buoyant, optimistic nature rose above all trials and difficulties. "Jacky's" pleasant smile and welcome greeting will be sadly missed by many friends in Dingwall. Deepest sympathy is felt for the several members of his family in their sore bereavement.

Date of Paper 12.06.1916
Surname:  Watkinson
First Name(s):  Robert
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  392 Eccles New Road, Weaste, Manchester

Watkinson, Private Robert [obliterated] and 2661 Pte. T. Armour, two Manchester men, who joined the Seaforths together, went out with the second draft together in March, fell together at Aubers Ridge in the van of the Black Isle Company when it leapt the parapets to advance. Pte. Watkinson was the son of Mr John S. Watkinson, 392, Eccles New Road, Weaste, Manchester. Private Armour's people reside at 10 Gainsborough Road, Hr. Broughton, Manchester.

Date of Paper:  03.03.1916
Surname:  Whitton
First Name(s):  Robert
Rank:  Lance Corporal
Regiment:   1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  82 Cromer Street, Gray's Inn Road, London, W.C.

Lance-Corporal Robert Whitton is a member of F (Invergordon) Coy., and is a son of Mrs Whitton, 82 Cromer Street, Gray's Inn Road, London W.C.

Date of Paper:  12.01.1917
Surname:  Williams
First Name(s):  Sidney James
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  84 The Grove, Ealing, London

THE LATE PTE. SIDNEY WILLIAMS, SEAFORTHS
Pte. Sidney James ("Sid") Williams, Seaforths, killed in action on 15th November, was a son of Mr and Mrs J. Williams, 84 The Grove, Ealing. Twenty-three years of age, he enlisted in the Seaforths in November, 1914. During the 19 months he has been in France he has been in the thickest of the fighting, having been wounded three times. On July 1st at High Wood he was twice wounded on the arm, and with some comrades buried alive. He was a smart young fellow and a fine specimen of manhood. His officer, writing to the parents, states: "His death has meant the removal of one of the original boys of A Company. Though your son was not in my platoon in the earlier days, I knew him well and always had a liking for him. But who could not respect such men when one works with them and to a certain extent shares their hardship and trouble." Other two sons of Mr and Mrs Williams are serving.  Trooper T. Williams, Life Guards, at present in hospital with dysentery after twelve months service in France, and Pte. F. T. Williams, R.A.M.C.
Mr and Mrs Williams would be grateful to hear from any of Pte. Williams comrades as to how he fell on 15th November, 1916.
A portrait of deceased appears above.

Date of Paper:  25.05.1917
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  Alexander
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Camerons
Home Address:  Birch Cottage, Edderton

SIX SONS OF A ROSS-SHIRE HOME IN KHAKI
There is reproduced to-day the photographs of five sons and son-in -law of Mr and Mrs Williamson, Birch Cottage, Edderton, all of whom are serving with the Colours.
The father of the family was himself, in his younger days, a volunteer.
The particulars of the members of this patriotic family are given below:
Private Alexander Williamson, Camerons, who was wounded in the left arm at the battle of Arras, is now in hospital in England.
Private James Williamson, Seaforths, on active service in France.
Private Donald Williamson, Camerons, also in France.
Private Peter Williamson, Seaforths (Ross-shire), also in France.
Private Lindsay Williamson, a piper in the H.L.I.
Since the above was in type, intimation has been received of the death in action of Private Peter Williamson. Two of deceased's brothers are serving at the Front, another has been wounded, and is in hospital in England, while another is in training in Scotland. Until August, 1914, Pte. Williamson was employed by Mr Donald Mackay, farmer, Meikle Daan, Edderton, and mobilised with his battalion, 1/4th Seaforths, immediately on the outbreak of hostilities. He proceeded to France about a year ago, and saw much severe fighting. He was 22 years of age. His cheery disposition and good heartedness made him a great favourite, and his early death has caused a deep feeling of personal loss throughout the parish, and much sympathy is expressed with the relatives.

Date of Paper:  25.05.1917
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  Donald
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Camerons
Home Address:  Birch Cottage, Edderton

Date of Paper:  25.05.1917
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Birch Cottage, Edderton

Date of Paper:  25.05.1917
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  Lindsay
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Highland Light Infantry
Home Address:  Birch Cottage, Edderton

Date of Paper:  25.05.1917
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  Peter
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Birch Cottage, Edderton

Date of Paper:  14.06.1916
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  Charles
Rank:  Corporal
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Hartfield, Tain

TAIN SEAFORTH MISSING
A photograph appears to-day of Corpl. Charles Williamson, Seaforths, a brother of Mr Henry Williamson, china merchant, Tain, who has been missing since March 23rd last when, with the Highland Division, he fought in the great first battles of the German offensive. Corpl. Williamson is a hard-bitten veteran of the war, who had seen much fighting with his battalion. The hope is that he may be a prisoner of war, but anyone who can throw any light on his whereabouts will greatly oblige by communicating with his brother at the address given above. His wife and family reside at Hartfield, Tain.
As the Journal goes to Press, Mr Williamson writes to say that Mrs Colin Ross, Sutherland Street, Tain, has received a post card from her son, Pte. Murdo Ross, H.L.I., stating he is a prisoner of war at Limberg, and mentioned that he had seen Corpl. C. Williamson.
[Handwritten note: "Repatriated 26.12.18"]

Date of Paper:  04.05.1917
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  David
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Hay Burn Cottage, Alness

THE LATE PRIVATE D. WILLIAMSON, ALNESS
Private David Williamson, Seaforths, killed in action on 9th April, was the youngest son of Mr John Williamson, Hay Burn cottage, Alness. He was 20 years of age, and was a carpenter at Dalmore before war broke out. A promising young lad, much sympathy is felt for his parents, sisters, and brothers. The officer commanding his company has written to his father and mother as follows: "At the time of his death he was engaged in an assault on the German second line, which we won, I am glad to say. It will be a great relief to know that he met his death practically painlessly. He was a good soldier, and was always cheery and willing for any task which came his way. He will be sadly missed by all his comrades."  A portrait of Private Williamson appears to-day.

Date of Paper:  04.05.1917
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  Donald
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Alness

THE LATE SGT. DONALD WILLIAMSON, ALNESS
Sergt. Donald Williamson, Seaforths, reported killed in action , was the second son of Mr Williamson, surfaceman, Alness. Before the war he was a forester at Novar, and deservedly popular with all who knew him. As a Territorial he mobilised in August, 1914, and ever since has been with the regiment. Last year he rose to sergeant. He died leading his men in the terrible battle of the 9th April. Much sympathy is felt for his sorrowing parents and sisters. His eldest brother is with the Canadians. Here is an extract of a letter his parents received from Captain Hamilton Harris: "It is my painful duty as company commander to acquaint you with the very sad news of the death of your son whilst in action on the morning of the 9th inst. At the time he met his death he was in charge of his platoon, and he gained the German second line, which was his objective. He had led his men well, and we have lost in him a splendid and dashing N.C.O. He could always be relied on to do any job excellently, and in tight corners was absolutely fearless. His loss will be hard to replace in my company. The officers, n.c.o.'s, and men of the company ask you to accept their deep sympathy in this sad hour, and pray that God in His great mercy and tenderness will be very near you in your bereavement."
A portrait of Sergt. Donald Williamson appears to-day.

Date of Paper:  10.05.1918
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  George
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  West End, Alness

Pte. George Williamson, Seaforths (Pioneers), youngest son of Mr Peter Williamson. West End, Alness, who was wounded on the 15th ult., died at No. 4 General Hospital, France, on the 18th ult., at the age of 20 years. Pte. Williamson was slightly wounded about two years ago, and was home on furlough only a fortnight prior to his death. Previous to enlisting he was a farm servant. A brother of Pte. Williamson was killed on 12th October, 1917. Deceased was a smart soldier, and his death is much regretted. His parents, twice bereaved, have the sympathy of all.

Date of Paper:  16.11.1917
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  Isaac
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Camerons
Home Address:  Brae Cottage, Alness.

As briefly reported last week, Pte. Isaac Williamson, Camerons (Lochiel's), the adopted son of Mr and Mrs Cameron, Brae Cottage, Alness, and formerly of Forres, was killed in action on the Western Front on 12th October, 1917. Deceased, who was 27 years of age, was a fine soldierly fellow; good hearted and popular. Deepest sympathy goes out to Mr and Mrs Cameron and family.
[Handwritten note: "See brother killed 10.5.18"]

Date of Paper:  18.05.1917
Surname:  Williamson
First Name(s):  Thomas
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Warden Street, Dingwall

THE LATE PTE. THOS. WILLIAMSON, SEAFORTHS
There is reproduced today a photograph of Pte. Thomas Williamson, Seaforths, who was killed in action at the memorable battle of Aubers Ridge or Festubert on 9th May, 1915, in which the county regiment played a part so conspicuous and suffered so sad losses. Pte. Williamson, who was 19 years of age, was a native of Tain. His widow and child reside in Warden Street, Dingwall, while his parents reside at Moss Road, Tain. Pte. Williamson was in the Territorials from the time he was sixteen, and mobilised with the battalion, going overseas in November, 1914, and taking part in the battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915. He was a bright, well-set up young fellow much liked by his comrades in the ranks.

Date of Paper:  06.09.1918
Surname:  Willox
First Name(s):  George L.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Muiralehouse, Avoch

AVOCH SEAFORTH'S DEATH
Sincere sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs Willox, Muiralehouse, Avoch, who have had official information that their only son, No. 25907 Private George L. Willox, Seaforth Highlanders, died from wounds on July 22nd at the 1/2 Highland Field Ambulance Dressing Station, France. He was shot through the head and left arm. His parents have had private news of him being reverently buried in a British Military Cemetery. He was in his 19th year, and was a promising lad, and a favourite in his platoon. Prior to Pte. Willox joining the Cameron Highlanders on March 21st, 1917, he assisted his father, who was employed on Easter Suddie Farm. Before going to France he was transferred into the Seaforths, and left in a draft in January, 1918. He took part in the spring offensive, and was wounded in the head and leg with shrapnel on March 21st, and after a few weeks in base hospital he was removed to a hospital in England, and in June reported himself at the camp, Cromarty, where he remained until July 6th, when he again left for France.
A photograph of Private Willox appears to-day.

Date of Paper:  19.10.1917 and 21.06.1918
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  Alexander
Rank:  Not stated
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  School Road, Alness

ALNESS SEAFORTH MISSING
202435 Pte. William Wilson, Seaforths, missing since March 21, is a son of Mr and Mrs Wilson, School Road, Alness. His wife resides at Ivy Cottage, Coulhill, Alness. A photograph appears to-day. There are still a considerable number of men missing since the first days of the German offensive who have been unable to send home word of their whereabouts, and there is a strong hope that Pte. Wilson is among the number. Pte. Wilson was born in Dingwall, but had been resident in Alness for 14 years. He is 26 years of age. He was trained at Ripon camp. Any information will be gratefully received by his relatives.

[21.06.1918]
Five sons of Mr and Mrs Wilson, School Road, Alness, Ross-shire, are serving with the Colours and photographs of these gallant men and their parents appear in to-day's Journal. Four sons are with the Seaforths, one is serving with the Dragoon Guards. All five sons were born in Dingwall, but for fourteen years the family has resided in Alness.
John Wilson, Seaforths, the eldest son is serving in India.
Tom Wilson, Seaforths, is in France.
William Wilson
, Seaforths, is serving in France.
Alexander Wilson, Seaforths, is meantime stationed in the North.
Trooper Robert Wilson, Dragoon Guards, who has been home on leave, is serving in France.

Date of Paper:  19.10.1917 and 21.06.1918
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Not stated
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  School Road, Alness

Date of Paper:  19.10.1917 and 21.06.1918
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  Robert
Rank:  Trooper
Regiment:  Dragoon Guards
Home Address:  School Road, Alness

Date of Paper:  19.10.1917 and 21.06.1918
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  Thomas
Rank:  Not stated
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  School Road, Alness

Date of Paper:  19.10.1917 and 21.06.1918
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Ivy Cottage, Coulhill, Alness (formerly School Road, Alness)

Date of Paper:  17.05.1918
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  Alexander
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Carse of Bayfield, Nigg

There is reproduced to-day photos of two sons and a grandson of Mr Alex. Wilson, Carse of Bayfield, Nigg, all of whom are on active service.
Pte. John Wilson, Seaforths, joined up in the first year of the war, and has been eighteen months in France . Before the war he was manager of Swordale estate, under Miss Jackson of Swordale.
Pte. Alex. Wilson, his son, who is 21 years of age, and who is at present enjoying well earned leave at Carse of Bayfield, has been three years in the East, having served at the Dardanelles and at Salonica. Before the war he was a gardener at Tulloch, Dingwall. Sergt Joe Wilson, M.G.C., another son of Mr Alex Wilson, Carse of Bayfield, is on active service in France. Before the war he was an ironmonger and seedsman in Cambridge.

Date of Paper:  17.05.1918
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  Joe
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  Machine Gun Corps
Home Address:  Carse of Bayfield, Nigg

Date of Paper:  17.05.1918
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Carse of Bayfield, Nigg

Date of Paper: 26.11.1915 [see R L. Wilson] 17.11.1916 and 17.08.1917
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  Lionel
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  The Trossachs, 28 Silverdale, Sydenham, London S.E.

[17.11.1916]
A MISSING SEAFORTH SERGEANT
4277 Sergeant Leo. M. Wilson, formerly A Company, 4th (Res.) Seaforths, who was posted soon after going abroad in June last to the 2nd Seaforths, is reported missing on 14th October. Any information from his comrades will be greatly appreciated from his father, Mr James Wilson, 28 Silverdale, Sydenham, London, S.E.

[17.08.1917]
SERGT. LIONEL M. WILSON, SEAFORTHS
To-day is reproduced a photograph of Sergt. Lionel M. Wilson, Seaforths, son of Mr and Mrs J. Wilson, The Trossachs, 28 Silverdale, London, S.E., who, first reported wounded and missing on 14th October, 1916, is now presumed to have been killed on that date.
Two sons of Mr and Mrs Wilson joined the 4th Seaforths. The elder son, Pte. R. L. Wilson, enlisted at the outbreak of war, trained with the battalion in England, went to France in November, 1914, and took part in holding the line during the first winter and the fierce and costly fighting at Neuve Chapelle and Aubers Ridge, in the spring of 1915. Twice wounded, he was discharged, but since February last has been attached to the A.S.C. in France.
Sergt. Lionel M. Wilson joined the 3/4th Seaforths here in the North in September, 1915, and completed training in England when the centre was removed to there. He underwent a course of instruction at York, and on rejoining his unit was promoted to sergeant. He underwent to France in June, 1916, and ultimately was posted to a line battalion of the Seaforths. One of a bombing party on the night of 14th October, he was posted missing the following morning. Enquiries were made extensively in these columns as to Sergt. Wilson's fate, and otherwise through the kind offices of officers and men of his battalion. Every investigation possible was made to trace him, but unhappily without result. He was known to have been badly wounded, and the War Office now presume he was killed on the date stated.
Sergt. Lionel M. Wilson was a splendid type of soldier, inspired by the fine traditions of his corps, and proud to be one of the Seaforths. From many letters received from officers and men it is gratifying to his friends to know he was very popular and highly esteemed. These fine English born lads, most of them with intimate,Scottish connections, rallied magnificently to the call in the early days of the war, and in the long struggle and in many hard fights have proved their matchless valour, their glory in the call of Caberfeidh, and have earned singly and in the mass undying fame. Here in the Highlands there is warm appreciation of their service and full measure of true Highland sympathy with honour, like our own, so deeply bereaved.

Date of Paper:  26.11.1915, 17.11.1916 and 17.08.1917
Surname:  Wilson
First Name(s):  R. L.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  The Trossachs, 28 Silverdale, Sydenham, London S.E.

The above is a photograph of 22[remainder obliterated] Private R. L. Wilson, Invergordon Coy., who was wounded on 8th October. Private Wilson, who is a son of Mr J. Wilson, Trossacks, Sydenham, London, was a clerk in the employment of the Manchester and Liverpool Bank, London, previous to the war. Private Wilson has had rather an eventful experience. About two months ago he was buried by a shell explosion, and, as a result, when rescued, he was sent down to the Battalion Headquarters, where he performed light work as a clerk. At the end of a week he had a nervous break down, and was sent to hospital, and after being there a short time he returned to Headquarters on 1st October. A week later he was given a message to take to another part of the trenches. While on the way a large enemy shell hit the trench and completely buried him. He was almost in a state of collapse when being dug out, but before the operation had been finished , a further part of the parapet caved in, and he was buried again. When finally dug but he was black in the face, but subsequently recovered. Fortunately he received only some cuts and abrasions on the face, but he was severely crushed by the weight of the earth. He was sent to hospital on October 9th, and after a week or ten days there was moved down to No. 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, where he now is. His memory and hearing are partly gone, but otherwise he has almost recovered, and hopes soon to report himself for duty.

Date of Paper:  31.01.1919
Surname:  Winter
First Name(s):  W. A.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  6th Seaforths
Home Address:  4 London Road, Grantham.

6th SEAFORTH MISSING - INFORMATION WANTED
Reproduced above is a photograph of 204154 Private W. A. Winter, No. 9 Platoon, C Company, 6th Seaforths, reported missing between 9th and 12th April, 1918. Any information about him will be gratefully received by his mother, Mrs Winter, 4 London Road, Grantham.

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