Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

T R Wilson (1895 - 1917)

Thomas Reginald Wilson was born at Sutton Maddock on 8th November, 1895 and was baptised at the Parish Church there on 10th December. He was the son of Thomas Adams Wilson, farmer, of The New House, and his wife Kate.

Thomas was educated at Bridgnorth Grammar School and at Trent College, Long Eaton nr. Nottingham.

Thomas first served in the Shropshire Light Infantry as a private, going to France in May 1915 - probably with the 5th Battalion (with whom he would have seen action at Ypres and on the Somme). He was commissioned in December 1916, joining the Tank Corps.

Tanks had first been used on the battlefield at the Somme in September 1916. They were used again at Arras in April 1917. Thomas was killed in action on 20th November, 1917, on which day several hundred British Mark IV tanks broke through the German Hindenburg Line at the start of the Battle of Cambrai. He is buried at Ribecourt British Cemetery.

[Bridgnorth Journal, 8th December, 1917]
Sec.Lieut. T. R. Wilson, Tank Corps, is officially reported missing. He is a son of Mr. T. Wilson, New House, Sutton Maddock and is an old Bridgnorth Grammar School Boy.

Second Lieutenant Wilson was awarded the Victory and British medals and the 1915 Star.

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