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Published at: November 10, 2018 12:41 PM

Remembering Lance Corporal John Greenup Wilson 1890-1918. John was a joiner from Maryport. He signed up in 1914 to the 1st Cumberland Battery, Royal Field Artillery, 4th Brigade 42nd East Lancs division and wrote to his sister Jessie from Devonport in the autumn of 1914 before he left. He was sent to Gallipoli, part of the landing at West Beach on 11 July 1915, fought in North Africa and then was sent to Northern France. Throughout he kept diaries & notes - sad records of some of the Cumberland friends he lost and fellow gunners they had to bury. From Passchendale he wrote “Have just come away from Ypres and don’t want to see it in a hurry again. We made two big advances. Our total casualties 81, killed, wounded and gassed.” He made it through four years of bloody battles and war. But on 4 November 1918 near Le Quesnoy in Picardy, just 7 days before the armistice, he was one of the Cumberland battery of the 210 Brigade killed at their guns where they stuck until the last under fire. The traumas he must have faced are unimaginable. And it is truly tragic that having endured so much through those four years, he died just seven days before the war ended. Jessie was my great grandma. John was my great, great uncle. On the Armistice Centenary tomorrow, I will remember him, his Cumberland friends & all those who lost their lives.

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