Alfred Osland BILSON MC

BILSON, Alfred Osland

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 15 September 1915, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wangaratta, Victoria, 1 April 1890
Home Town: Tara, Western Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Struck by Motorcar, Prahran, Victoria, 22 May 1968, aged 78 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

15 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Toowoomba, Queensland
1 Dec 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant
22 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major
24 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant
1 Sep 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 52nd Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 52nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Brisbane
24 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 52nd Infantry Battalion
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Messines
6 Jul 1917: Honoured Military Cross, Messines
16 May 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 50th Infantry Battalion
13 Feb 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 50th Infantry Battalion, Rank of Temporary Captain. Promoted Honorary Captain 28 March 1919
25 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 50th Infantry Battalion, Queensland

Military Cross Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of a line of outposts they were blown in, and he skilfully withdrew his men to their position, when he reorganized them again and worked them forward later. He afterwards led his company with fine skill and judgement through an enemy barrage and got them into the front line, where he gained considerable ground by working to a flank. He displayed untiring energy in both of these operations.

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Married Rose Bilson (nee Edis) in 1926. They had two children together. 

Also had a brother, David Leslie Bilson (/explore/people/104907) that served during World War One and was killed at Messines.