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Philip Stanley Wilson


Philip Stanley Wilson was born on December 6, 1889 in Douglas, on the Isle of Man. He was the son of James and Mary Ann Wilson (née Corlett).

Early Life

He was educated at St. Ninian’s High School, in Douglas.

Chester College

In 1911, he was a student at Chester College, training as a Teacher. He was subsequently employed by Wallasey Education Authority at Somerville School.

Military Service

When war was declared, Philip enlisted as Private 3488 in the 1/10th (Scottish) Battalion, the King’s Liverpool Regiment. The Battalion landed at Le Havre on November 2, 1914. The date on Philip’s medal card is November 1, 1914, so he may have been part of an advance party, or it was the date the Battalion sailed, travelling overnight presumably. Philip served with the 1/10th Battalion for about a year, and he was accepted for a commission and gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in November 1915.

In the first quarter of 1916, Philip married Louise Anderson in Birkenhead. By this date, he was serving with the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers; he was officially with the 3rd Battalion, but on attachment to the 2nd Battalion. At the start of August 1916, the 2nd Battalion was busy re-organising, having lost heavily in previous fighting, and having received a large number of drafts of new men. On August 7, they were bivouacked at Becordel, having moved there from Buire Sur L’Ancre. They continued training there until August 13, when they moved to positions at Fricourt Wood.

Lest We Forget

Philip was killed in action on August 20, 1916.

Post Mortem

Philip was buried at Flatiron Copse, in France. He is commemorated on the war memorial of his old school, St Ninian’s, and his parish church, St Thomas’s, in Onchan, on the Isle of Man.