|Pte George Wilson|
Died 21 September 1944.
The airborne assault to capture the bridges over the River Rhine at Arnhem began on 17th September 1944. The 1st. Battalion, Border Regiment, was in the first wave of glider-borne troops. Almost from the beginning they met fierce resistance from the Germans and suffered many casualties. On 21st September, the Battalion, with a force of paratroops, held a bridgehead over the Lower Rhine, near the twon of Oosterbeck. Private George Wilson's company was in a position on high ground at Westerbouwing. The company was attacked by tanks, artillery and flame-throwers and eventually overwhelmed. George was reported wounded, then missing, after this gallant action. It was only in July 1945 that his parents received confirmation of his death.
George was the son of Joseph and Ettie Wilson. He was aged 22. He attended St. Jame's Church and School and was formerly employed at Longholme Mill, Rawtenstall. Also George's brother, Robert, died of wounds in France on 12th August 1944. George is commemorated on the Groesbeek Memorial, Holland. The Memorial stands within the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and names more than a thousand members of the Commonwealth forces who died in Belgium and Holland since the end of August 1944, and have no known grave. George is named on Panel 4.
Ettie Wilson (George's Mother) at the Cenotaph