Wilson, William Collins (No. 17084)

Wilson, William Collins (William)


No. 17084, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 19)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Holywood and District War Memorial

First Holywood Presbyterian Church


In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Rifleman William Wilson (No. 17084) was a son of William John and Jane Wilson of Downshire Road, Holywood.

In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects, it is recorded that the legatee of Rifleman William C. Wilson (No. 13/17084) was his father, William J. Wilson.

William Collins Wilson was born on 17 June 1897 in Spencer Street, Holywood and he was a son of William John and Isabella Jane Wilson (nee Collins) who were married on 27 July 1896 in St John’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  William John Wilson from 2 Ean Hill, Holywood was a son of Hugh Wilson, a gardener.  Isabella Jane Collins from 36 McClure Street, Belfast was a daughter of William Collins, a fitter.

The Wilson family lived in Spencer Street, Holywood.

William John Wilson worked as a gardener and he and Isabella Jane had at least two children:

William Collins (born 17 June 1897 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

Robert James Cecil (born 14 August 1898 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

The children were baptised in First Holywood Presbyterian Church.

Isabella Jane Wilson died of an intestinal obstruction on 29 June 1906 (aged 35) in the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH), Belfast.  Her husband was with her when she died.

William John Wilson and Sarah Jane Graham were married on 15 July 1908 in Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church and they lived in Downshire Road, Holywood.

William Collins Wilson enlisted in Belfast, he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 19 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Rifleman William Collins Wilson (No. 17084) has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France; on Holywood and District War Memorial and in First Holywood Presbyterian Church.