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Bernard Francis WILSON

Regimental number3644
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressPO, Flinders, Victoria
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 7"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Jane Wilson, PO, Flinders, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VI, Row J, Grave No 46), La Chapelle-d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
169
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 57th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 11 April 1916 (diarrhoea); discharged to unit, 12 April 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 14 April 1916 (debility); discharged to unit, 19 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, 2842 Pte R. WILSON, 59th Bn (patient, 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle, England), 13 November 1916: 'Informant states that on July 19/16 at Fleurbaix Wilson was missing. He rejoined the Battn. but was killed only a day or two later. He was on fatigue duty at the time, as was also Walsh, when one of our own shells exploded prematurely, and oth were killed instantaneously. They were buried somewhere behind the lines, but informant does not know where. It was on July 23rd. that they were killed.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON Bernard Francis
Red Cross file 2980310

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