(Service number 7/150)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank|
|Date||Unknown||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment||Gibson Street, Timaru|
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|Next of Kin||Valentine WILSON, Gibson Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Lyttelton, Canterbury||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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Sidney WILSON. He enrolled and passed the examination on 12 August 1914, in a very lively and busy Drill Shed; he was not one of those rejected because they were over age or under age, insufficiently developed, had no experience, or were over weight (the regulation weight was 12 stone). Sidney departed with the Mounted Men by the slow train from Timaru on 18 August 1914, amidst much excitement in the town, whilst their horses were trucked at the Smithfield siding, Waimataitai. The Mayor spoke of the pride in them and said that they were going forward with stout hearts and strong arms. "Be true lads to your King and Empire, to yourselves and your country, and put your trust in God," he said.
Cenotaph Database [07 April 2014]; Timaru Herald, 13 august 1914, 18 August 1914 (Papers Past) [30 August 2014; 01 September 2014]
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