WILSON, William Alan

Known as: 
Jock
Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
EX/4194
Died : 
Monday, April 30, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
26
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 

Sgt Wilson, 'E' Troop, was killed during operations at the village of Wangelau on the road from Lauenberg to Lubeck. After a short artillery barrage 'A' and 'E' Troops entered the village and took 130 prisoners. The only casualty was Sgt Wilson who was killed whilst assaulting a machine gun position. 

In his book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain, the author Captain John Day 45RMCdo., describes Sgt Wilson as "A quiet dependable good humoured man, he was, apart from Ted Caiger, the only surviving senior NCO from those who had landed with 'E' troop on 6th June 1944. We had worked closely together in Normandy, on patrols and elsewhere, and I mourned his death particularly as this turned out to be the last attack of our campaign."


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