No. 545, ‘D’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916
No known grave
Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Rifleman William Wilson (No. 545) was born in Moira, lived in Maralin and enlisted in Banbridge.
Rifleman William Wilson’s address was stated to be Ballymacashen, Killinchy when his death was reported in the 25 November 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle; his number was reported to be 543 in the newspaper article.
Rifleman William Wilson served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
Initially Rifleman Wilson was reported as missing in action and in November 1916 it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.