Herbert Wilson was born during the summer of 1892 in Cambridge, the son of Edward G Wilson, mineral water carman, and Margaret Wilson, of 34 Gwydir Street (Petersfield), Cambridge, later of 21 Caroline Place, East Road (between Broad Street and Norfolk Street, long demolished), Cambridge. He was the third of four children, his siblings being Edward G (c.1883‒), Frederick (c.1891‒) and Cyril (c.1895‒). In 1911 Herbert, like his elder brother Frederick, was a tailor’s porter.

Herbert married Mabel Mary King of 89 York Street (Petersfield), Cambridge in April/June 1915 in Cambridge. This must have been while he was home on leave from war service, because he was Private (G/9888) in A Company, 6th Batallion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). A little over a year after the marriage, Herbert was killed at the battle of the Somme on 4 August 1916 at the age of 24. There is no grave for him in France, but his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 5D) in northern France, and his name was added to his father-in-law’s grave in Mill Road Cemetery.

Wilson grave
Wilson monument

Lat Lon : 52.203255 0.13845362 – click here for location

Parish : St Andrew the Less

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Herbert Wilson