Harry WILSON

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WILSON, Harry

Service Number: 1903
Enlisted: 14 January 1915, Enlisted at Lismore, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Northampton, England, 1891
Home Town: Lismore, Lismore Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Painter
Died: Died of wounds - chest, 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, 18 August 1915
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Row J, Grave 10, Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt
Memorials: Alstonville War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lismore & District Memorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

14 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1903, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Lismore, NSW
16 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1903, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
16 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1903, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
8 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1903, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Severe chest wounds

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Next of kin was given as a friend Alice Scanlon of Alstonville, NSW

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served 6 months in the Northampshire Regiment, England

Biography contributed by St Francis de Sales College

Harry Wilson was born in Northampton England, in 1891. The exact date in which he was born is unknown. By looking at his records and finding out that he was 23 years and 11 months old when enlisting I believe he was born around February. Harry was 5’7 ft. he had dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. On the 14th of January 1915, Harry Wilson enlisted in Lismore, NSW. He was considered fit for active service on this date. Harry was enlisted into the 15th infantry battalion, Harry was 1 of 7211 people to be enlisted into the 15th infantry battalion. Harry was given the service number: 1903.
Harry embarked at Brisbane on the HMHS Kyarra on the 16/4/15. Harry and the 15th infantry battalion were part of the landing at Anzac Cove on the 25th of April 1915.
Harry Wilson received wounds in action whilst in combat at Gallipoli. He received chest wounds; it is unknown what type of weapon was used to conflict these wounds. He was wounded on the 8th of August at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. He was transported back to Egypt and triaged to Alexandria hospital. Harry sadly passed 10 days later on the 18th of August. Some sources also state that Harry passed on impact of wounds at Gallipoli. On the 6th of August but I cannot verify this from official records. Harry was buried in Chatby War Memorial Cemetery During Harry's service he received the 1914-15 star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. After Harry's death Miss Alie Scalon, his close friend, tried to claim possession of his medals but was unable to.
 
HMHS Kyarra built by William Denny and Brothers in Dumbarton. She was first launched in 1903, then turned into a hospital ship on November 6 1914. She was requestioned in Brisbane. She carried the full staff and equipment of the Nos. 1 and 2 General Hospitals, the Nos. 1 and 2 Stationary Hospitals, and the No. 1 Clearing Hospital. HMH Kyarra was sunk by UB-57 on the 26 of May 1918.
 
1914-15 star is a campaign medal of the British empire which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served in any combat of the first world war against the central European powers during 1914 and 1915. 2,366,000 1914-15 stars were awarded.
 
The British War Medal is a campaign medal of the United Kingdom which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the First World War. 6,500,000 of the British war medals were awarded.
 
The victory medal was awarded for campaign service in the British and imperial services during the first world war. 

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