George Colin Campbell WILSON


WILSON, George Colin Campbell

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 25 November 1915, Enlisted at Brisbane
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 41st Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 14 January 1894
Home Town: New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: University of Queensland
Occupation: Student
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 7 July 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Plot I, Row B, Grave 14
Memorials: Brisbane Grammar School Memorial Library WW1 Honour Board 2, University of Queensland WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

25 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 41st Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Brisbane
18 May 1916: Involvement 41st Infantry Battalion
18 May 1916: Embarked 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
7 Jul 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, 41st Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of George Thornhill Campbell Wilson and Jinnie Wilson, of Turner Avenue, New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland. 

Also served 4 years in Militia Cadets

20 July 1916 - Disembarked at Plymouth

7 August 1916 - Taken on strength 11 Battalion

1 May 1917 - Taken on strength 41 Battalion

12 May 1917 - Promoted to Lieutenant

7 July 1917 - Wounded in action

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Mr. G. T. C. Wilson, Mark-street, New Farm, has received a letter from Chaplain Captain A. A. Mills, who writes : "I desire to express my deep sympathy with you and your family in the great loss you have sustained by the death of your son, Lieutenant G. C. C. Wilson, who died shortly after being wounded in the head on July 7, 1917. I was on duty as chaplain at the aid post when the stretcher bearers brought your son down. The wound which he had received had rendered him at once unconscious. Although the doctor knew the case was most serious, he thought your son had a chance, so he did his utmost for him, and sent the case on with all speed to the dressing station at the rear. Unfortunately death took place upon the way. The body was later laid to rest in the military cemetery at the rear of our lines, where the grave is numbered, and will be marked with a memorial cross. It was my privilege to become well acquainted with Lieutenant Wilson on the troopship which brought us from Australia. For a little while we shared a  room at camp at Lark Hill, England. These opportunities brought me to know and admire the manly qualities that your son possessed. Since coming across to join us in the line your lad proved his value as an officer. He was brave and keen, and quickly won the esteem of his men and the confidence of his superior officers. He gave promise of travelling far in his military career. That career, however, has been suddenly terminated, and we now mourn the loss of a true friend and a brave officer. Yours, how ever, is the greater loss. May the knowledge that your son so nobly served and so bravely died in a worthy cause afford some measure of consolation to you and yours in the dark hour of bereavement."