The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private James Leslie Wilson

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: James Leslie Wilson

Ancestor's date of birth: 23/02/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 02/12/1954

Cause of Death: Progressive cerebral thrombosis Hypertension Hypostatic pneumonia

Service Number: 1037

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC

Place of Enlistment: North Melbourne

Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Rank attained in Boer War: Private, Date Effective: 01/01/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Not known

Murray Page: 288

Contingent: Fifth Victorian.

Ship: S.S.Orient Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901

Memorial details: VMR Memorial Melbourne

Decorations: 2 South African Medal - S.A.1901&1902

Personal Characteristics: Loyal, so proud of his country Carried himself straight and tall Honest, trustworthy Would give his last penny to someone who was needy. Very supportive of his Mother left at "Home". I have all the letters he sent home & from these I can see the "Beautiful" and moral person he was. Fair. Great sense of humour. Popular with all who knew him.

Reasons to go and fight: Wanting to do "his bit" for King and Country.

Details of service in war:March 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier under Beatson then Pulteney, including defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 killed and 42 wounded (12 June 1901), and successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902); heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent, at Wilmansrust suffered the costliest defeat.

Details of service after war: Garrison Duty in W.W.2 19th Oct 1939 - 15 APRIL 1944. 12 GARRISON BATTALION.

Descendent Details

Name of Descendent: Diane Carmichael, Bray Park Queensland
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter


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