Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

William Leslie Gordon WILSON


Born: 31 August, 1896

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 29686

Birthplace: Melton, Victoria

Parents: George Alfred Wilson.
Alice Maude Pyle

Died: 28 May, 1969

Place of death: Bacchus Marsh, Victoria; Registration No. 11460

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


Australian Army Service Corps, October Reinforcements



Regimental Service Number: 12976

Enlistment date: 18 September, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 20 years

Address at enlistment: Rosslyne, Melton

Religion: Presbyterian

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: George Alfred Wilson

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Weight: 113 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Vaccination marks on arm, scars on left thigh and left knee. Mole below left ear.

Embarkation ship: HMAT A38 Ulysses.

Rank: Gunner

Return Date: 24 January, 1919

Return Vessel: Delta.

Arrival at Australia: 10 March, 1919.

Discharge Date: 17 April, 1919

War Service Summary

18/091916 - Enlisted; Broadmeadows
25/10/1916 - Embarked Ulysses from Melbourne
25/12/1916 - Disembarked Plymouth
29/12/1916 - Driver; training depot; Parkhouse
18/01/1917 - Admitted Fargo Military Hospital; pleurisy / influenza / pneumonia; seriously ill;
16/04/1917 - Marched in to Traing Depot Parkhouse from hospital
24/04/1917 - Admitted Parkhouse Hospital; mumps
07/11/1917 - Proceeded overseas to France on.
12/03/1918 - 2nd Division Train Driver; detached for duty with the 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
31/07/1918 - Train driver; attached to 6th Army Brigade; France
18/08/1918 - Reverted to Gunner on at his own request.
18/10/1918 - Wounded In Action; gassed; admitted to 53rd Clearing Station
03/11/1918 - Invalided to the UK; wounded
04/11/1918 - Transferred to 1st Birmingham War Hospital
12/11/1918 -Transferred to 1st Auxillary Hospital
28/11/1918 - Discharged from hospital

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife and children:
1924 - In February married Henrietta Robinson (1896-1958), daughter of William Robinson and Catherine Raleigh.

Ian (30/12/1924 19/04/2007)
Mervyn (b. 03/05/1927)

Place/s of residence:
Balliang East (Soldier settlement land)

Farm labourer

Brother of Alfred Stanley (Stan) Wilson who served in Palestine at the same time.

William also enlisted at Bacchus Marsh for service in World War 2. V361427


Australian War Memorial
Service Record
Nominal Roll
Newspaper accounts