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Gordon Campbell WILSON

Regimental number110
Date of birth6 October 1895
Place of birthMinmi, New South Wales
AddressHampton Avenue, Adamstown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A C Wilson, Hampton Avenue, Adamstown, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 14 months in trhe 39th Fortress Company Engineers, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29845 (1 December 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 (19 April 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He exploded an enemy gallery single handed. On one occasion he displayed great courage and determination when in charge of carrying parties to the front line, himself frequently passing through an intense barrage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Air Force Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His work at low altitudes under very adverse conditions has been of the greatest value. On one occasion, he scattered the enemy from a strong point with his machine gun. On another occasion, he bombed and fired upon a field gun, killing two gunners. Despite the constant attacks of enemy scouts, he held his formation together, which was out on a bombing raid and enabled it to drop all its bombs on the objectives, an enemy plane being also driven down. His dashing leadership has been a splendid example to his flight.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 November 1918

Discharge date3 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 March 1929
Age at death33
Place of burialSandgate Cemetery, Newcastle New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON Gordon Campbell

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