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Edward George WILSON

Regimental number116
Place of birthHindmarsh South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCabinetmaker
AddressBacon Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Wilson, Bacon Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in reorganizing and steadying the men after they were caught in the enemy barrage. When the company ran short of bombs and ammunition he organized a party, and by skilful handling had very few casualties, bringing up ammunition when urgently required.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES, 19/22nd September, 1917 C.S.M. WILSON displayed great bravery and initiative in reorganising and steadying the men after they were caught in a enemy barrage. During the heaviest of shelling he moved constantly up and down among the men and by his cheerful manner and disregard of his personal safety set a great example to his men. Later when the Company was running short of bombs and ammunition he organised a party and went back and brought them up under heavy fire, and by his skilful handling of the men had very few casualties bringing up the ammunition when it was most urgently required.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 7117 Pte Jack WILSON, 10th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 December 1951

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