21 November 1917 : Pte George Wilson

George Wilson was born in Steeton in 1894.

Location of Seeton between Skipton and Keighley in the north west of England (cc OpenStreetMap)

George worked on his father's dairy farm at Bank House, Steeton before the war. 

He enlisted into the West Riding Territorials in January 1915 and was sent overseas to join the 62nd Division on the Western Front in February 1917.

Cambrai salient north, 1917

After taking part in the Battles of Arras and the Hindenburg Line, he was posted as missing during the Cambrai Offensive on 21 November 1917 and declared dead as from that date in September 1918.

Mémorial de Cambrai by René Hourdry  CC BY SA 4.0

Having no known grave, George is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral.

266366 Pte George Wilson, B Coy, 2/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regt

21 November 1917 missing in action

Research by David O'Mara

The Pension Record card, showing the mother (and later the father) being awarded 6 shilling pension for the loss of their son are available for free for WFA members