Jesse Francis Wilson

Sep 12, 1884

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA


Mar 28, 1916

Attested into the 70th Battalion CEF in London, Ontario

Ø  Number 124673

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Helen Henry, sister, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

o   There is a note to also notify Mary W. Wilson, 436 Avenue Rd., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Current address given as Windsor, Ontario

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic


Apr 24, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



May 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


Jun 23, 1916

Transferred to the Pay Office, London and employed as a Clerk

The unit was later renamed CAPC (Canadian Army Postal Corps)


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion but remained attached to the No. 1 Detachment, Canadian Army Pay Corps in London


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion but remained attached to the Pay Corps in London


Aug 28, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the Pay Corps and joined the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Feb 14, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 15, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 23 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 18, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Jesse Wilson joined the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in Calonne Ricouart, France as part of a draft of 6 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Mar 28, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 3, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Jesse Wilson joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines north-west of Neuville Vitasse, France and posted to “B” Company


Aug 26, 1918

During an attack on the Minora Trench, north of the Cojeul River, east of Neuville-Vitasse, France, Private Jesse Francis Wilson was killed in action.  He was later buried in the Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy les Mofflaines, France.


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his Brother-in-Law, Daniel Henry, 500 Race St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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