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Frank Hamilton WILSON

Regimental number1203
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
OccupationBank clerk
Address'Roscor', Alma Road, East St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 9.5"
Weight207 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Moffat Wilson, Government Stock Broker, 3 College Green, Dublin, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name39th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Meritorious Service Medal

'During the Operations East of YPRES in which his Battalion was engaged in October, 1917, this N.C.O. rendered sterling service in supplying the men of his Company with hot food under most trying and dangerous conditions. His care for the comfort and welfare of his men has always been most marked and his work throughout has been of a high standard.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Discharge date3 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on 'Ascanius', 27 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 18 July 1916. Proceeded to France with 39th Bn through Southampton, 23 November 1916; temporarily promoted to rank of Quarter Master Sergeant, 12 April 1917; promoted to rank of Quarter Master Sergeant, 12 July 1917; granted leave to England, 27 November 1917; rejoined unit, 12 December 1917. Transferred to 10th Training Bn, 31 January 1918, and taken on strength, 2 February 1918; attached for duty with permanent cadre of 9th Training Bn, Tidworth, 30 March 1918; detached from duty with 9th Training Bn, 6 April 1918.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 3 June 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Rouelles, 6 June 1918; moved out to field, 12 June 1918; rejoined unit, 13 June 1918. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal; granted leave to United Kingdom, 28 February 1919; granted extension to leave, 17 March 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 19 March 1919; moved out from field, 3 May 1919. Embarked Havre and proceeded to England, 8 May 1919; marched into No 3 Group, Codford, 9 May 1919; moved out to Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, London, 10 May 1919; marched into No 3 Group, Codford, 28 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on HMAT 'Wiltshitre', 4 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 19 August 1919. Discharged Melbourne, 3 October 1919.

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 August 1953
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON Frank Hamilton

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