Remembering those who fought in the Great War.

John Wilson 5th A & SH

John Wilson was a private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlander Regiment of the British Forces and died fighting at Gallipoli on 12/7/1915.

John was born around 1888 in Greenock to an Irish father, also John Wilson a Brass Founder and Marion Hogg Wison, born in Greenock. He was the eldest of a big family with 5 younger sisters and 2 younger brothers.

John was found in the 1891 Scottish Census living at 13 Ingleston Street, Greenock with his family. Census details: John Wilson (28, head, born: Ireland, Brassfounder), Marion Wilson (28, wife, b: ~1863 Greenock), John Wilson (3, son, b: ~1888 Greenock), Margaret McP Wilson (11mo, dau, b:1890 Greenock). John and his family were also found 10 years later in the 1901 census living at 62 Drumfrochar Road, Greenock. Residents: John Wilson (40, head, b: ~1861 Ireland, Brass finisher), Marion Wilson (33, wife, b:~1868 Greenock), John Wilson (12, son, b:~1889 Greenock, scholar), Maggie M Wilson (10, dau, b: ~1881 Greenock, scholar), Sarah Wilson (8, dau, b: ~1893 Greenock, scholar), Marion Wilson (6, dau, b:~1895 Greenock, scholar), Robert Wilson (4, son, b:~1897 Greenock), Jane Wilson (1mo, dau, b: 1901 Greenock).

John married Ellen (AKA Helen) Weir on the 6th June 1910 at St Mary's Catholic Church, Greenock. John (aged 22) was listed as a batchelor, occupation Iron Moulder and Ellen Weir (aged 21), a spinster was listed as a domestic servant.  On his marriage certificate his residence was listed as 10 Drumfrochar Road, Greenock. His parents listed as John Wilson (Brass finisher), Marion Hogg Wilson. John and Ellen had two children. Margaret Ann was born on 27th of July 1910 at 15 Sir Michael Street, Greenock. Christina Slaven was born on 15th of November 1911 at 15 Sir Michael Street, Greenock.

The 1911 census records John and his young family living at 118 Drumfrochar Road, Greenock. Residence of the house were: John Wilson (22, head, b. Greenock Scotland, Iron Moulder), Ellen (22, wife, b. Greenock Scotland), Marg Ann (8mo, dau, b. Greenock Scotland)

John (27 years) and his brother Robert (17 years) enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment at the start of WW1.

Enlisted February 1913. 

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