Lance Corporal David Wilson


David Wilson was born on 26 January 1896 at Lettan, Tempo, County Fermanagh, the twelfth of thirteen children of farmer John Wilson and his wife Margaret. His mother died when he was just seven years old. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Lettan with his father and four siblings and working on the family farm.

Wilson enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Lisnaskea on 29 October 1912 (No.746 – later Corps of Hussars No.71090), overstating his age by two years. He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

In mid-1916 C Squadron joined with F Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps. Wilson was attached to the headquarters of X Corps for permanent duty on 13 May. He remained in that role until 28 June 1918, when he was transferred to the Military Mounted Police (No. P/15821) with the rank of lance corporal.

Wilson served with the military police, posted to IX Corps, for the remainder of the war. He briefly served in Germany with the army of occupation, before returning home on 11 April 1919.

On 10 May 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.