Alexander James Hall (Aleck) WILSON

Badge Number: 54682

WILSON, Alexander James Hall

Service Number: 8292
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
Born: Mile End, South Australia, 14 August 1892
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Commercial Traveller
Died: 7 September 1962, aged 70 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium, Perth, W.A.
Memorials: Adelaide Scots Church WW1 Honour Board, Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 8292, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 8292, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 8292

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Alexander James Hall Wilson was the son of Arthur Peter and Mary Hall (nee Miller) of Bay Street, Port Broughton. Alexander was born in Mile End in 1892. 

Port Broughton, 14 December. Two lads, Aleck and Clem Wilson, were rabbit shooting yesterday. The latter used a pea rifle. Something went wrong with the mechanism, and Clem placed the stock on the ground. He bent down to force the hammer back, when the rifle exploded, and the bullet entered his right side and passed out under the shoulder. The wound is only a flesh one, and the lad is progressing favourably.

A commercial traveller, he was 22 years old when he enlisted at Keswick on 28 June 1915.

Alexander was appointed to Special Reinforcements 2 Australian General Hospital and embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT A71 “Nestor” on 11 October 1915. After landing in Egypt on 7 November he was taken on strength of 2 Australian General Hospital at Ghergirah. 2 AGH was also the hospital to which he was admitted for 2 weeks when ill with influenza late in January 1916. 2 AGH embarked from Alexandria on 26 March 1916 and disembarked in Marseilles on 4 April. In France Alex was transferred to 1st Australian Field Ambulance and then attached to and taken on strength of 4 Battalion as Medical Detail. On 24 May 1918 4 Battalion was subjected to heavy gas shelling resulting in Alex being admitted to hospital and then invalided to England. Alex’s service records show that he was admitted to hospital on 26 May and by coincidence that was the same day that his brother Clem was also admitted to hospital when 43rd Battalion was subjected to gas shelling. Deemed to be medically unfit for service due to gas poisoning Alex embarked from England aboard “Somerset” on 4 December 1918 and disembarked in Melbourne on 15 January 1919. Alex was discharged medically unfit in Adelaide on 15 January 1919.

 Alec's younger brother, 407 Sgt Claremont "Clem" Arthur Wilson, served with 43 Battalion AIF. Clem was awarded a Military Medal in 1918.