Frederick Ernest (Ern) WILSON

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WILSON, Frederick Ernest

Service Number: 1193
Enlisted: 11 September 1914, Hastings, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Moorooduc, Victoria, 28 August 1889
Home Town: Mornington, Victoria
Schooling: Hastings State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds (received at Gallipoli), Egypt, 3 May 1915, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Plot C, Grave 179
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1193, Hastings, Victoria
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1193, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1193, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1193, 5th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli, Bayonet wound (stomach)

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Biography contributed by Michael Wilson

Frederick Ernest Wilson was known as Ern, he was the 3rd son of William McDonald Wilson and Emily Matilda (Horton) and was born on the pastoral property 'Tuerong' on Victoria's Mornington Peninsular.

He enlisted in the All Victorian 2nd Brigade just 2 weeks after the Declaration of War in August 1914. Assigned to the 5th Battalion, Ern's Brigade sailed just 2 months later and rendezvoused in Albany Harbour, Western Australia with hundreds of other troopships that comprised the 1st Division AIF. They arrived in Egypt in December where they commenced training for the Gallipoli Campaign.

During the assault on what was to become ANZAC Cove on 25th April 1915, he received bayonet wounds to the stomach and was transferred to the Alexandria Hospital, where he died 8 days later.

He is buried in the Chatby Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, Plot C, Grave 179.

In Australia, his name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and on a memorial plinth in the town of Hastings in Victoria.

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