William Henry Wolsey

Lance Corporal William Henry Wolsey, son of a notable newspaper owner in Co. Armagh died during the battle of Normandy while serving in a Scottish regiment.

Lance Corporal

William Henry Wolsey


Lance Corporal William Henry Wolsey (7047419) served in 11th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers during the Second World War. He was the younger son of William Henry Wolsey J.P. and Elsie Wolsey of Carleton House, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

William Wolsey J.P. was the owner and editor of the Portadown Times newspaper. His brother George Wolsey was a senior journalist with the Belfast News-Letter. In civilian life, William Henry Wolsey attended Portadown College, Portadown, Co. Armagh where he played both rugby and cricket. He also turned out for Portadown Cricket Club before enlisting in the British Army in 1941.

Lance Corporal Wolsey died on 9th August 1944 aged 21 years old. His grave is in Section III, Row B, Grave 1 of Ranville War Cemetery, France. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh. His headstone bears the inscription:

Loved son of W.H. and Elsie Wolsey, Carleton House, Portadown, N. Ireland.

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