Harold Wallace (Jim, Jimmie) WILSON


WILSON, Harold Wallace

Service Number: 5096
Enlisted: 9 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Williamstown, Barossa - South Australia, Australia, 18 September 1896
Home Town: Williamstown, Barossa, South Australia
Schooling: Williamstown
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in action, Le Transloy, France, 2 December 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: AIF Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Mount Crawford Roll of Honor, Williamstown Mt Crawford Honour Roll, Williamstown St. Peter's Anglican Church WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

9 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5096
24 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5096, 27th Infantry Battalion
24 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5096, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Bulla, Adelaide
7 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 32nd Infantry Battalion
2 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5096, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Emms

Harold (Jim, Jimmie) was born at Williamstown, a twin with a sister, Laura Mabel Lilian WILSON.

Disembarking at Plymouth, he was shortly moved to Etaples, France where he was transferred from 27th Infantry to the 32nd Infantry.

His cousin, Bert Wilson was also serving in the 32nd Infantry.  Bert was later killed in Belgium and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetry.

In an article in the Chronicle, Saturday, 24th February, 2017, it states that Harold (Jim) entered the trenches in October.  On the 4th December, a cousin wrote "Jim might have been all right if he had left the trenches with the rest of the battalion, but he stayed behind to help his mate who had sore feet, and a shell caught them. They were buried in the same grave, and I will try to put a cross with Jim's name on it."

The family were later notified that Harold (Jim)'s remains were reinterred in the Grass Lane Cemetery.