of Archibald and Daniel Stalker
of Samuel Cotton and Henry Gorman
WILLIAM WILSON was born 23 Mar 1879 in West Kilbride; his mother is Hannah Wilson, but
no father’s name is given (however, his marriage extract names his parents as
Gilbert Stalker and Hannah Wilson).
09 Sep 1898 at Curneil Villa, Fairlie, William
(aged 20, fireman) married Margaret McKinnie. They had three children, Fanny, William and
In the 1891
Census, aged 12, he is in the household of grandmother Hannah Wilson at
Gateside, West Kilbride (his
mother Hannah Stalker is at Ward Road, Brown's Square, West Kilbride with husband
Gilbert and children Hannah, Jessie, Daniel, Maggie and Agnes).
In the 1901 Census, aged 22
and a postmaster, he is living Main Road, Fairlie with wife Margaret and
daughter Fanny T (2)
the 1911 Census, he is aged 32, a letter carrier (P.O.), living Mid Row,
Fairlie with wife Margaret (31, b. West Kilbride,
m 13 years, 3 children) and children Fanny
(12), William (9) and Samuel (7)
Office Appointments book has William Wilson, S.O. Postman, Fairlie, 1901
1904 Fairlie School register has Fanny Wilson,
parent William Wilson, of Springbank, Fairlie
Valuation Roll has William Wilson, postman, and Mrs. Margaret Wilson, his
spouse, at 2 Rowend; proprietors and tenants of 1 and 2 Rowend, Mid Row
North Ayrshire Directory has William Wilson, postman, 2 Rowend, Fairlie (his son Samuel Wilson is at 1 Rowend)
SERVICE DETAILS No
medal index card was found, but his regiment is
given on the plaque as ‘R.F.A.’ (Royal Field Artillery). The Largs and Millport Weekly News reported
on 04 Nov 1916 that he’d enlisted a year previously, and on 02 Feb 1918 that
he’d been engaged on postal duties in
London assisting with B.E.F. parcels during the Christmas and New Year pressure
Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly
4 November 1916 Congratulations are extended to one of
our former postmen, Mr. William Wilson, who enlisted a year ago in the R.F.A.,
and has now been promoted to the rank of Bombardier.
6 October 1917 Several
of our soldier lads were home on leave for the weekend from their training
camps. Amongst them we noticed Bdr. Wm.
Wilson, R.F.A., Pte. James Brown, H.L.I., Pte. David Boyd, Black Watch, Pte.
John Boyd, Cameron Highlanders. They are
all looking fit.
2 February 1918 Gunner
William Wilson, one of the local postmen, who has been engaged on postal duties
in London assisting with B.E.F. parcels during the Christmas and New Year
pressure, arrived home at the end of last week for a few days.
4 October 1919 “Fairlie Comrades”: A general
meeting of the Fairlie ex-soldiers was held in the Village Hall last Tuesday
evening for the purpose of talking over the desirability of forming a
Discharged Soldiers’ Society. After some
discussion, the meeting unanimously agreed to form a Fairlie Post of “The
Comrades of the Great War”. Mr. C.H.
McNair, jr., was elected captain of the post, and Mr. Thomas Millar secretary
and treasurer. The following were
elected as members of committee – Messrs. A. Crawford, J.M. Currie, T. Barclay,
W. Wilson and Wm. Ramsay. After the post
had been formally established, it was agreed to seek ground on which to erect a
club-room, and if this could be found, to commence raising funds for the
purchase of an Army hut. At the close of
the meeting, about thirty ex-service men enrolled as members.