Topic: Richard Atkinson Wilson

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Richard Atkinson Wilson (Service no. 34198) was a First World War soldier with links to Hornby

Richard, known as Dick, was born on the 24th February 1891 at Islington, the youngest son of Thomas and Martha Wilson of Islington. He was educated at Hornby school and later worked as a butcher at the Islington Meat Works.

At the time of enlistment he was 25 years and 3 months old. He was 5f t 71/2 in tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

Dick enlisted on 19 September 1916 and was assigned to the 21st Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company. Whilst in training at Trentham he overstayed his leave and was confined to barracks for seven days.  He embarked with his unit on board the Ulimaroa on 21 January 1917, arriving at Plymouth on 27 March 1917 and on to Sling Camp. He was sent a few miles down the road to Codford camp for training and to join the 4th Brigade on 2 May 1917. He left for France three weeks later.

He was wounded in action near Broodseinde., a gunshot wound to his left side and chest, possibly by a German sniper. Although admitted to Field Ambulance and no 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station he died on 2 October.

He was initially buried near the Clearing Station but is now buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge,  Belgium.

He is remembered on the Hornby War Memorial.

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Richard Atkinson Wilson


First Names:Richard
Last Name:Wilson
Place of Birth:Islington, Christchurch, New Zealand