John WILSON

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WILSON, John

Service Number: 901
Enlisted: 6 December 1914
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 7th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia, 30 January 1891
Home Town: Oaklands, Urana, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, buried at sea, Gallipoli, 20 September 1915, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

6 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 901, 7th Light Horse Regiment
9 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 901, 7th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
9 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 901, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
20 Sep 1915: Involvement Trooper, SN 901, 7th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

John landed on Gallipoli in late May with the Light Horse. He was severely wounded at the Gallipoli Peninsula on 16 September 1915 and died of his wounds (amputation of his left leg) on board Hospital Ship "Somali" 4 days later and was buried at sea.

His younger brother, 2664 Private Samuel Cecil Wilson 39th Battalion AIF was killed in action, 12 October 1917. Age 20.

Another brother 2663 Private Bertie Edward Wilson 39th Battalion AIF survived the war and returned to Australia in March 1919.

A fourth brother VX38519 Percy Wilson AASC, died of illness as POW, 18 January 1944, age 41. He is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

Urana Independent 15 October 1915. "News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. S Wilson, of Oaklands, that their son Jack, who was wounded in action at Gallipoli, has since died from the wounds he received. Jack was among the first to enlist from Oaklands. General sympathy is expressed for the bereaved ones in the loss they have sustained. They have the satisfaction of knowing that the young fellow proved himself a hero and gave his life in response to his country's call."

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