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I am seeking details and most of all a photograph of the following man. Any help greatly appreciated.


Guy Denis Wilson


Royal Field Artillery

Died 30 November 1917

Aged 35

“A credit to his country, county, and regiment.”

Guy Denis Wilson was born on 30 November 1882 at Melbourne, Derbyshire. He was the son of Arthur Wilson MA JP of 30 Ashbourne Road, Derby. He was educated at the Derby School (now Derby Grammar School) between 1892 and 1901. A good all round athlete he was captain of the Cricket and football XI as well as being a captain in the cadet corps. He also won the throwing the cricket ball competition on a number of occasions.

He made two first class appearances. The first was for Derbyshire against London County a team that was lead by the formidable W G Grace. It was played on 26 June 1902 at the County Ground Derbyshire. Wilson scored seven in the first innings before being stumped by Board of the bowling of Llewellyn. In fact Llewellyn and Grace took five wickets each in the first innings, Llewellyn going on to take a further six wickets in the second. Wilson made nine in the second innings. London County won the match by six wickets. His second match for Derbyshire came on the 17 July 1905 at Lords, this time against the MCC. He didn’t have a good match scoring two and one. The MCC going on to win by an innings and 252 runs.

On 6 August 1908, Wilson was commissioned into the 1st Derbyshire Howitzer Battery, 4 North Midlands Howitzer Brigade, as a Second Lieutenant. During the war he served with the Royal Field Artillery and was promoted to Captain. He was killed in action on 30 November 1917 during the battle of Cambrai, on his thirty-five birthday.

His body was never recovered or identified and he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 1.

Many thanks in advance for any help offered. Its an important photograph. Nigel

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where have you looked to save people time looking where you have ?

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Writing a book making a programme regarding First Class Cricketers Killed during WW1 of the 289 I am just short 12 photographs and have until the end of Feb to find them. Thanks for your efforts much appreciated. Nigel

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