Herbert Edwin was born in 1894 in Beverley, the youngest of eight children born to wheelwright, William Wilson of Keldgate and his wife Ann Eleanor (nee Pinder).
Herbert enrolled in the East Yorkshire Regiment, 6th Battalion, and went to the Balkans in September 1915. In the Beverley Guardian dated 4 March 1916 it was reported that Herbert was “in hospital in Malta suffering from frostbite”. On being returned to duty, he was transferred to the West Yorkshire Regiment and went on to see action in France, where he was wounded for a second time.
While recovering back in England from the second injury, Herbert visited the Whitley Bay Pleasure Fair, known as Spanish City, where, on 24 June 1918, he was fatally injured while riding a switchback slide.
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