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Oscar William WILSON

Regimental number209
Place of birthCold Springs, USA
ReligionChurch of England
Address1 Severn Street, Gilbertown, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 8.25"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Sapphire Wilson, 70 Mile House, via Ashcroft, British Columbia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected on account of deformed toe)
Enlistment date12 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date11 April 1920
Other details

War service: embarked Adelaide, 9 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 20 July 1916, and proceeded to England (date not recorded). Proceeded overseas to France, 20 November 1916.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 19 January 1917 (mumps), and transferred same day to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station; to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 23 January 1917; discharged to duty, 14 February 1917; rejoined Bn, 15 February 1917.

Detached to Musketry School, 4 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 19 June 1917. Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 12 July 1917.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, and reverted to rank of Corporal, 31 July 1917 (debility); transferred same day to Divisional Rest Station; discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 3 August 1917. Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 3 August 1917; Sergeant, 12 September 1917.

Transferred to 11th Training Bn, England, 30 September 1917; marched in to 11th Training Bn, Durrington, 2 October 1917; attached to Permanent Cadre of 10th Training Bn, Fovant, 21 November 1917. Attended the 15th Rifle Course, School of Musketry, Tidworth, 1-30 November 1917: qualified as First Class with a sound knowledge of the Lewis Gun.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 April 1918; rejoined 43rd Bn, 7 April 1918.

Detached to Divisional Headquarters, 13 December 1918; to Divisional Agricultural School, 30 March 1919.

Proceeded to United Kingdom for Non-Military Employment, 13 April 1919. Granted leave with pay and subsistence, 25 April-25 July 1919, to attend Galashiels Technical College for woolsorting training. Granted extension and transfer, 26 July-26 August 1919: woolsorting at Gibson & Lungair, Selkirk, Scotland.

Married Elizabeth McIntyre at Waverley Temperance Hotel, Galashiels, Scotland (Established Church of Scotland ceremony), 22 August 1919.

Granted indefinite leave subject to recall, 5 November 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board HT 'Megantic', 9 January 1920; disembarked Adelaide, 18 February 1920; discharged, 11 April 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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