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Colin Campbell WILSON

Regimental number6171
Place of birthWagga Wagga New South Wales
AddressCookardinia, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinStep-Brother, Oswald Moore, Best Street, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 31 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations at Ville-sur-Ancre on 19th May 1918, this man as a Sniper carried out very fine work. Pushing forward as far as possible under the protective barrage he secured a position where he commanded the roads and approaches in front of the village and did good shooting. Finding his work had caused enemy movement to cease, he worked his way forward to a more exposed position and took advantage of every target. He scored 15 hits on the enemy during the day. Despite hostile fire, this man was to be found where he could deny enemy movement and observation, and his work materially helped in the consolidation of the captured positions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date15 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 977 Pte Clarence Edward WILSON, 4th Bn, killed in action, 6-9 August 1915; 1590 Driver Alfred James WILSON, 20th Bn, returned to Australia, 9 March 1919; 12/3902 W.B. WILSON, enlisted in New Zealand.~
Other details

War service: Western Front

Enlisted at Cootamundra, New South Wales. Embarked from Sydney, 30 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone, 15 March 1917; taken on strength, 22nd Bn, 31 March 1917.

Awarded the Military Medal, 7 October 1918.

Transferred to 20th Bn, 13 October 1918. On leave to England, 24 January 1919; returned from leave, 14 February 1919.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 26 April 1919. Commenced return to Australia on board 'Miltiades', 19 June 1919. Disembarked in Sydney, 8 August 1919; discharged, 15 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 October 1968

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