No.1350 Samuel Roy Wilson
Samuel Roy Wilson enlisted in the AIF on 15 July 1915 in Melbourne.
His enlistment papers described him as: 19 years 6 months in age, 5 feet 7¾ inches in height, 10 stone 1 pound in weight, having a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. His religion was listed as Presbyterian. Samuel's parents, Henry and Mary Wilson, of the Little River railway station, gave written permission for their son to enlist.
Along with other soldiers in the 4th Light Horse regiment, Trooper Wilson embarked from Melbourne, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 9 September 1915.
In March 1916, he contracted influenza whilst in Egypt and was transferred to, firstly, the 1st Auxiliary Hospital in Cairo and then the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital for treatment. Trooper Wilson continued to be unwell, suffering particularly with enlarged glands in his neck.
On 24 June 1916, at Port Suez, he was invalided to Australia for discharge aboard troopship Port Sydney, and disembarked in Melbourne on 22 July 1916.
Samuel Wilson was discharged medically unfit due to enlarged glands in the neck, on 24 November 1916 in Melbourne. At this time, he was granted a war pension of 30 shillings per fortnight.
Not content with this service, on 18 April 1918, Samuel Wilson joined the Army Pay Corp where he remained until 29 April 1920.
During WW2, Samuel Roy Wilson, once again enlisted to serve his country. With service number 6781, he enlisted as a Military Clerk on 15 February 1940 in Melbourne. He attained the rank of Warrant Officer and was largely based at Bonegilla.
He received his discharge on 1 February 1946 at the conclusion of war and the age of 50.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914/15 Star
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
Australian War Memorial
National Archives of Australia