Pte
Frederick George Wilson

Informations sur naissance

Année de naissance:
1890
Lieu de naissance:
Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Informations générales

Dernière résidence connue:
Neerim Junction, Victoria, Australia
Profession:
Boucher
Religion:
Church of England

Informations service militaire

Pays:
Australia
Force armée:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Numéro de service:
5444
Incorporation date:
21/02/1916
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Neerim Junction, Victoria, Australia
Unités:
 —  Australian Infantry, 24th Bn. (Victoria)  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
04/10/1917
Lieu de décès:
Zonnebeke Château Grounds, Zonnebeke, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
27

Cimetière

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: XXIX
Rangée: C
Tombe: 6

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille
Victory Medal
Médaille

Points d'intérêt 4

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Dernière résidence connue
#3 Lieu d'enrôlement
#4 Lieu du décès (approximatif)

Mon histoire

Frederick George Wilson, a former butcher, was born in 1890 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He was married to Ivy Christina Wilson. On February 21, 1916 he enlisted in Neerim Junction, Victoria, Australia and embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on August 1, 1916, with the 14th reinforcement of the 24th Battalion, part of the 6th Australian Brigade of the 2nd Australian Division.

The 2nd Australian Division participated in the Battle of Broodseinde on the 4th of October 1917. It attacked with two brigades, the 6th and the 7th Australian Brigades. The 24th Battalion was part of the 6th Brigade, which attacked on the right of the divisional front. The 22nd Battalion would take the first objective, the red line. Once they had taken this line, the 24th would pass through the 22nd on the right and the 21st would do the same on the left. The Battalion assembled before the attack at the jumping-off positions in front of Tokio, but soon moved closer to the road leading to Tokio on account of German artillery fire on and around Albania. By 4.45 a.m. the companies of the Battalion were in position at the jump-off trench. They made use of shell holes and old trench systems to form a line. Their goal were the German positions at the Broodseinde ridge, which they would reach by crossing the Zonnebeke Creek, up the rising, past De Knoet Farm and across the Broodseinde- Beselaere Road, over the crest of the ridge, and to the line, of the objective, on the forward slope.

At 5.30 a.m. moments before the Battalion would attack, the German artillery, including minenwerfers, started shelling the jump-off line. The Germans were about to attack themselves in the hope of recapturing Zonnebeke. The heavy shell fire was very destructive, killing forty men and two officers instantly. The Battalion’s strength was consequently reduced by round thirty per cent, even before the attack had commenced. At 6 a.m. the British and Australian artillery opened fire on the German positions and the troops started to advance. The 22nd led off, followed by the 21st and 24th. Zonnebeke Lake was on the jumping-off line on the left. The three battalions had to storm the front over 3oo yards right of the lake. Once they had passed the lake the units on the left had to change direction to cover the ground allotted to them. The German infantry was utterly surprised by the allied barrage. They were quickly dispersed, killed or taken prisoner by the advancing Australians. Docile Trench and De Knoet Farm fell without much opposition and the 22nd Battalion reached their objective by 6.50 a.m. On the right flank of the 24th Battalion the troops met resistance in Romulus Wood, but the Germans were eventually overpowered. At 7.30 a.m. the 21st and 24th moved up behind the protective barrage, reaching the second objective, the blue line at 8.10 a.m., where the dug in and prepared for eventual counterattacks.

Frederick George, aged 30, was killed in action on October 4, 1917. It’s possible he was killed in action on the 4th of October 1917, close to the jumping-off line, due to the heavy German shelling. Private Wilson was found after the war where he fell, near Zonnebeke Lake (28.D.28.a.20.30). His remains were exhumed and reinterred at Buttes New British Cemetery; Plot 29, Row C, Grave 6.

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Sources 6

"The Red and White Diamond: The Official History of the 24th Battalion Australian Imperial Force." Harvey W.J., Uckfield, The Naval & Military Press Ltd, 1920, p. 179-190.
Sources utilisées
"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 99."
Sources utilisées
24th Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/41/25).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Sources utilisées
6th Brigade Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/6/26).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Sources utilisées
First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
https://www.naa.gov.au/
Sources utilisées
Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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