Pte. Hugh Reid WILSON was initially reported as Missing in Action in France on 25 July 1916.
14/12/1916– Following Certification by letter from Pte. W. AYERS B.E.F. :- ” Our Company among others was ordered on the night of the 25th to take the front trenches at Pozieres. We were laying out ready to advance when our officer called to WILSON and sent him on a message. He returned again , and was then sent out on our right, to find out where the Company was, again on our right. As far as I can find out no one in the Company saw or heard of him after then.
I regret today that this is all the information up to this date. His description as far as I can remember is 5ft 8ins in height, complexion fair, eyes blue, hair fair, chest measurement about 40ins. I am sorry I cannot add more, as I am not with the Battalion, and so cannot get to any papers etc, that would add to description.
I may also add apart from my own friendship, that he was more missed than any others that were similarly situated. He was a general favouirite with everyone owing to his sunny disposition and kindly thought for others. Personally we were working mates and no one could wish for a better comrade. Hoping these meagre details will in some way help you, and also that there might be still some hope of his being a prisoner in Germany “.
20/06/1917– Court of Enquiry found that Pte. Wilson was Killed in Action on 25 July 1916.
12/07/1917– Soldier’s Death Certificate was issued by the Army.
21/08/1917– War Pension was approved for the Soldier’s mother – Mary Wilson, Cormiston Tower Farm, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
(Hugh Reid WILSON had worked as a Farmer on the State Farm Brunswick Junction, Western Australia, prior to his enlistment for War Service.)
Service Medals Awarded
1914/15 Star – No. 5311
British War Medal – No. 18015
Victory Medal – No. 17945
Commemorative Plaque and Scroll – No. 326707
- Villers-Brettoneux Memorial France
- Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT – Panel No. 64
- Brunswick Junction War Memorial, Western Australia