Officer Cadet Wilson Stevenson (6355702) served in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment during World War Two.
Born on 10th December 1927, he was the son of William Stevenson and Margaret Stevenson (née Kernohan) of Crankill, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. The couple married on 23rd July 1925 in Teeshan, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Wilson was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside, England where the couple moved after their marriage.
William and Margaret also had a daughter Helen Margaret Stevenson born on 7th September 1935 who died in infancy on 15th November 1935.
William the father received the Military Medal for gallantry in the field while serving as a Corporal with North Irish Horse in World War One. He enlisted in November 1915 and served in France in 1916. He later worked in the hardware trade.
Death after the War
Officer Cadet Wilson Stevenson died on 2nd November 1946 aged 19 years old as a result of an accident. His name is on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list so he would have been on active service at the time.
Wilson Stevenson’s grave is in Section A, Row 24, Grave 6 of Ballymena New Cemetery, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. His name does not feature on the Ballymena War Memorial, likely due to his birth and death being registered in England.