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Plasterer in his father's firm. Attended Brunts School and a member of Mansfield Swimming Club.
21 Mar 1918
774689 - CWGC Website
5 West Hill Dr, Mansfield
Second Lieutenant
  • MM MM Military Medal
7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
John was killed in action on 21 March 1918, the first day of the German offensive. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France (Bay 7).
John's brothers, Strawson Lievesley and Harold, married sisters, Edith Annie and Alice Louisa Richardson, both of whom were teachers at Mansfield schools in 1911. Strawson married Edith in 1915, and Harold married Alice on 15 October 1917; John was best man at their wedding. Edith and Alice had four brothers, two of whom died in the war: Frederick James Richardson served in the Royal Engineers (108889 Sapper) and died at Chatham of meningitis in April 1916 and Percy Edward Richardson served with the 1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (2429 Private) and was killed at Kemmel in April 1915. Percy worked in Sutton-in-Ashfield before the war and is commemorated on the town's memorials. (See record on this Roll of Honour) Mansfield Chronicle Advertiser; 04/04/1918: 2nd Lieu J W Wilson , the eldest son of Alderman & Mrs J L Wilson has been reported missing since 21/03/1918.: 02/05/1918: Recently received his commission and now reported missing. Brother, Harold is a prisoner of war.: 26/09/1918: All 5 sons of Mayor & Mayoress J L Wilson are serving. Lieu S L Wilson, killed, Lieu J W Wilson, missing, Harold a POW, Frank in France and Stanley in training.: 19/12/1918: 2nd Lieu John William Wilson missing since 21/03/1918 has now been confirmed killed on that date.: 26/12/1918: Lieu Wilson's batman has returned home and had given details of Lieu Wilson's death. " he carried on with the machine-gun after all the other officers had been killed and held off the Germans for 20 mins with only 2 men. The batman was sent back to take a message to the rear. When he returned Lieu Wilson was dead next to the gun and he was taken prisoner."
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