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8 Dec 1917
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Soldier or Civilian
Sgt Arthur Percy Wilson DCM, 9492, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on December 8th, 1917. He was aged 29 and single.
In a letter to his mother Emily at 30 Queen Street, Luton, Capt J. Coe wrote that her son was killed on the night of December 8th while out wiring.
"I have known your son since 1911, when the regiment was stationed in Bermuda and South Africa," wrote Capt Coe. "He was always a keen soldier. I must say that since I have been in command of this company he has proved himself a brave man on several occasions during the war."
On the outbreak of war, Sgt Wilson was transferred from South Africa to Flanders. He had been wounded twice, had been promoted to sergeant and had expected further honours for bravery.
Arthur Wilson was the son of the late Edward Wilson (died 1901) and of Emily, who had remarried in 1903 and taken the name Emily Wilson Bozard. He had four brothers, two of whom - Driver S. E. Wilson (Howitzer Brigade) and Driver H. C. Wilson (Royal Engineers) - were serving on the Western Front. A third brother, Pte C. H. Wilson was with the Royal West Kents in Mesopotamia.