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Captain Sidney Wilson

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Sidney Arthur Wilson

Ancestor's date of birth: 1874

Ancestor's date of death: 03/03/1947

Cause of Death: Detail not provided.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: As he served in the Anglican Church Army during the Boer War and WW1, it can be presumed he was either an active member of the Church Army or otherwise holding office in the Anglican Church.

Service Number: Would not have had a number

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: England

Unit: Church Army Volunteers

Rank attained in Boer War: CAPT, Date Effective: Detail not provided

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CAPT, Date Effective: Continuing service

Murray Page: Not applicable did not serve in an Australian Unit.

Contingent: Not Applicable

Ship: Did not travel from Australia

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State clasp. Inscription reads: 'S. A. WILSON CHURCH ARMY VOLS'. Was possibly entitled to WW1 medals.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Religion

Details of service in war: The Anglican Church Army was founded in England in 1882 by the Reverened Wilson Carlile, who banded together in an orderly army of soldiers, officers, and a few working men and women, whom he and others trained to act as Church of England evangelists among the outcasts and criminals of the Westminster (UK) slums. When the Boer War was in progress, the Church Army followed the way of the Salvation Army establishing operating social clubs to provide for the physical as well as 'spiritual' needs of the combatants. Seven Church Army members were awarded Queen's South Africa Medals for their work during the conflict. 'Captain' (a Church rather than a military appointment) Sidney Wilson was one such recipient.

Service and life after the Boer War: Was involved in Church Army administration during WW1, when the Church Army was very active among the troops in France, and ran two thousand or so social clubs across France. Bennie was the 'nickname' for one of his sons, Private Stephen Henry Wilson, (Peter Wilson's Uncle), who was born on 28 September 1914. 'Ben' served in WWII, and was killed in Burma on 6 June 1945.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Peter David Wilson, Hamlyn Terrace NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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