Robert John WILSON


WILSON, Robert John

Service Number: 417287
Enlisted: 28 February 1942
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Ardrossan, SA, 31 July 1922
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental, Geraldton, WA, 1 November 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Geraldton War Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cummins War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

28 Feb 1942: Involvement Sergeant, SN 417287
28 Feb 1942: Enlisted Adelaide
28 Feb 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 417287
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Wilson, of Yeelanna, have been officially advised that their only son, Sgt.-Pilot R. J. Wilson, lost his life as the result of an aircraft accident in Western Australia on November 1. Sgt.Pilot Wilson was educated at the Port Lincoln High School (dux of his year), after which he distinguished himself for three years at Prince Alfred College, both in the field of sport and study.
Captain of the inter-collegiate cricket team in 1939 (college cup — 5 wickets in one innings — 8 wickets for match), he also played in the college first eighteen, the inter-collegiate athletic team, and in the same year gained his Leaving certificate. He was also a prefect of the school, associated with which he wore the highly coveted 'merit badge.' Like his father, Sgt.-Pilot Wilson was affectionately known throughout the district as 'Bob,' and his passing has been a grief shared by all. Always anxious to reach the final battle, his life was nevertheless given for his country, and the sympathy of a host of friends is extended to his respected parents.
Ref.- Port Lincoln Times (SA : 1927 - 1954), Thu 4 Nov 1943, Page 1