William WILSON

Regiment:              R.F.A.  

Rank & Number:    
Not Known  

23 March 1879 in West Kilbride;  

Died:                       Not Known  

                     Brother of Archibald and Daniel Stalker                                 
                               Brother-in-law of Samuel Cotton and Henry

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).  

On 09 Sep 1898 at Curneil Villa, Fairlie, William (aged 20, fireman) married Margaret McKinnie.  They had three children, Fanny, William and Samuel.  

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)   In 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)  

Post Office Appointments book has William Wilson, S.O. Postman, Fairlie, 1901  

1904  Fairlie School register has Fanny Wilson, parent William Wilson, of Springbank, Fairlie  

1920 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  

1935 North Ayrshire Directory has William Wilson, postman, 2 Rowend, Fairlie (his son Samuel Wilson is at 1 Rowend)    

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 News:-  

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.

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