World War 1

Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1

Generally showing where they are commemorated, when they died and some basic facts about each person. There are gaps, however, so if you can fill in any missing details do please contact us.

Thomas Wilson




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Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/7th Battalion Territorial Force


Thiepval Memorial

Service History:
Enlisted at Alnwick, Northumberland.

Probably joined his battalion in Flanders after April 1915 when it was decimated during the Second Battle of Ypres (22 April-25 May).

Between 14 September & 3 October 1916 the Northumberland Fusiliers 1/7th Battalion T.F. was fighting on the Somme at Mametz Wood. On 15-16 September they took part in an attack on German lines. Heavy artillery fire resulted in many casualties - 11 officers & 259 other ranks were killed or wounded & 74 men were missing.

Wilson was amongst the 'Missing'. On 28 October the 'Alnwick & County Gazette' reported that he'd been missing for some weeks. The report of his death did not appear in the newspaper until 11 November when it was confirmed he'd been killed in the attack on 16 September.
(Source: 'Felton War Memorial: The Men behind the names'; Eleanor George [formerly Hall]; 2009; p. 28)

Born in 1887, at Rothbury, Northumberland, the eldest child of John Wilson (a Coachman, later a Chauffeur to Edward & Barbara Newton at Thirston House, West Thirston), by his wife Isabella (née Ross).

After leaving school Wilson was Apprenticed as a Mason in Felton.
(Source: 'Felton War Memorial: The Men behind the names'; Eleanor George [formerly Hall]; 2009; p. 28)

Local Memorial:
Felton War Memorial incorporating Acton, Eshott, Swarland & Thirston (Source: