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Richard WILSON

Regimental number1322
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
OccupationGlass founder
Address1 Roper Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 5.75"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Wilson, 1 Roper Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 1st Contingent Mounted Rifles, South Africa (Boer War).
Enlistment date2 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 31 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records38
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row G, Grave No. 21), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Martha WILSON; Wife: Elizabeth Esther WILSON
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Transferred to hospital, 1 September 1915; rejoined Bn, 8 September 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 September 1915.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 5 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipopli evacuation).

Found guilty, 28 January 1916, of being absent without leave from 10 am, 27 January, to 1 pm, 28 January 1916: reprimanded, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 10 May 1916.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 19 August 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 1 December 1916.

Admitted to 1/1 South Midlands Casualty Clearing Station, 5 March 1917 (mumps); transferred to 2nd Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 5 April 1917 (myalgia); to 3rd Convalescent Depot, 10 April 1917; to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, 15 April 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 26 April 1917.

Appointed to Permanent Cadre of No 2 Brigade Group Instructional Staff, Rollestone, to complete establishment, 15 July 1917, and attached to 5th Training Bn.

Detached to Bombing School, Lyndhurst, 15 August 1917; rejoined No 2 Group, Rollestone, from detachment, 25 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 January 1918; rejoined 17th Bn, in the field, 5 February 1918.

Reported missing, 31 August 1918.

Now, 19 October 1918, reported killed in action, 31 August 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON Richard

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