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Samuel Charles WILSON

Regimental number3534
Place of birthBraidwood, New South Wales
AddressPost Office, Hibbard, Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 8.75"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Wilson, Hibbard PO, Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No 1), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parent: George Wilson of Hibbard, Port Macquarie, New South Wales.
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 4887 Pte Eric Robert WILSON, 53rd Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916; 3533 Pte James Arthur Ernest WILSON, 53rd Bn, returned to Australia, 25 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 8 December 1915 (mumps); discharged, 6 January 1916.

Allotted to and proceeded to 53rd Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; taken on strength of 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Report from the Australian Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, 18 October 1920, 'Wilson, S. G. 3534. 53 Batl. B. Co. Fell 19.7.16 near Fromelles[.] Final German Death List, S'.

Red Cross File No 2990606: 'The above name appeared on German dath list dated 4-11-16.'

Statement, 3528 Pte E.B. TAYLOR, B Company, 53rd Bn (patient, No 6 General Hospital, Rouen), 16 April 1917: 'Informant said Wilson was in B Co. 7 Pl. and came from Port Micquarie (sic) N.S.W. He was a bomber and in the Fromelles attack he held at bay a German party attempting tocome down a sap while a number of other men were able to get away. He held the sap all alone and was himself killed by a bomb when the others had safely got away.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 9), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON Samuel Charles
Red Cross File No 2990606

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