Sergeant John James Wilson


John James Wilson was born on 19 May 1892 at Drumagoland, Virginia, County Cavan, the first of eight children of farmer Samuel Wilson and his wife Margaret (nee Mahood). Wilson grew up on the family farm.

Between 1914 and 1916 he enlisted in the North Irish Horse.

In November 1916, together with around 100 other North Irish Horsemen, he volunteered to transfer to the Royal Irish Rifles (No.40928). They embarked for France on 7 December, where they joined the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, on the Somme front.

In November 1918 Wilson was one of sixteen men of his battalion awarded a Military Medal for gallantry during the Advance to Victory offensive in the preceding months.