WILSON, John Foley
(Service number 7607)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 29 March 1875 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date (2) 16 April 1917 Age 42 years
Address at Enlistment 89 Barker Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience South African War
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Lily KNIGHT (sister), Moora, Western Australia
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 135 lbs. Chest measurement 33-36 Inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Does not present any of the following - scrofula; phthisis; syphilis; impaired constitution; defective intelligence; defects of vision, voice, or hearing; hernia; haemorrhoids; varicose veins, beyond a limited extent; marked varicocele with unusually pendent testicle; inveterate cutaneous disease; chronic ulcers; traces of corporal punishment, or evidence of having been marked with the letters D. or B.C.; contracted or deformed chest; abnormal curvature of spine; or any other disease or physical defect calculated to unfit him for the duties of a soldier. Can see the required distance with either eye;his heart and lungs are healthy; he has the free use of his joints and limbs; and he declares he is not subject to fits of any description. Fit for active service.

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 25th Reinforcement
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 11th Battalion
Date (2) 29 June 1917
Transport Borda
Embarked From Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 16 October 1945 Age 70 years
Place of Death Perth, Western Australia
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Foley Wilson, born on 29 March 1875 at Timaru and named for his maternal grandfather, was the fourth son of Francis John and Emily Kate (née Foley) Wilson. His father, an architect born in Capetown, had arrived in Timaru in the 1850s. Here he married Kate and all eleven children were born at Timaru. For a time in the 1880s-1890s they lived in Australia and, on their return to New Zealand, they settled in the North Island. Mr Wilson died very suddenly in May 1911 and his wife Kate even more suddenly two years later. It appears that jack may have remained in Australia. Jack had previously given eight months of service in the South African War.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 August 2015]; Australian Military Forces Attestation Paper (National Archives of Australia) [15 November 2016]; Poverty Bay Herald, 21 May 1911, Evening Post, 5 May 1913, Press, 24 September 1913 (Papers Past) [16 November 2016]

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