WW1 Victory Medal named 78047 PTE W WILSON TANK CORPS.
William Wilson born in Castleton, Lancs was in the 18th Lancashire Fusiliers before transferring to the 9th Tank Corps numbered 78047. He took part with them in the Battle of Moreuil on 23rd July 1918. This was an attack supported by the French to take the St Ribert Wood and to capture various batteries in the neighbourhood. It started at 5.30am and was a great success with limited French casualties - The French 3rd Division awarded the 9th Battalion, The Croix de Guerre and their divisional badge. The Battle truly showed the worth of tanks to the Germans. The 9th suffered 15 tanks put out of action and sadly William was killed aged 28 years old on the 23rd July 1918. He was the husband of Jane Wilson, of 16, Oak St., Hollinwood, Oldham.