Wilson, Hugh Skilling (No. 17773)

Wilson, Hugh Skilling (Hugh)

Rifleman

No. 19334, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to

No. 17773, 108th Machine Gun Company, 36th (Ulster) Division

Died of wounds on Thursday 6 July 1916 (aged 21)

Buried:

Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France (Grave VIII. C. 99)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his second forename is spelt Skillen.

Hugh Skilling Wilson was born on 22 December 1894 in Abbey Street, Bangor and he was a son of Thomas Henry and Janet Blacklie Wilson (nee Skilling) who were married on 23 December 1891 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall).  Thomas Henry Wilson from Bangor was a son of John Wilson, a butler.  Janet Blacklie Skilling from Bangor was a daughter of Hugh Skilling, a tailor.

The Wilson family lived at 16 Abbey Street, Bangor.

Thomas Henry Wilson worked as a plumber and he and Janet had at least ten children:

Eliza Graham McMurray (born 28 September 1892 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Hugh Skilling (born 22 December 1894 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Mary McNeilly (born 28 January 1898 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Mary Kathleen Macgillicuddy Martin (born 2 January 1900 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Janet Blacklie (born 8 September 1903 in Main Street, Bangor)

Matilda Catherine Ward (born 17 October 1905 in Main Street, Bangor)

Thomas Henry (born 5 December 1908 at 16 Abbey Street, Bangor)

John (born 4 March 1911 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

James Skilling (born 7 March 1913 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Pricilla (born 5 August 1916, a month after her father died)

The three eldest children were baptised in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall).

When Hugh Wilson left school he worked as a message boy before going to work as a gardener at Seacourt for Samuel Cleland Davidson who was later knighted.  Before the war Hugh was a member of the local contingent of the Ulster Volunteer Force.  Hugh Wilson enlisted in Bangor and he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 19334) before being transferred to 108th Machine Gun Company in the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Private Hugh Wilson was severely wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he died on 6 July 1916 in a Base Hospital in Boulogne, France.

Private Hugh Skilling Wilson was buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON

Private Hugh Skilling Wilson is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 52) and on the Memorial Plaques in RBL Bangor Branch and Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall).