WILSON, Stephen Anson
(Service number 1930)

Aliases Steve
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 23 April 1871 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 19 January 1916 Age 44 years
Address at Enlistment 652 Parramatta Road, Petersham, New South Wales
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Christian WILSON, 652 Parramatta Road, Petersham, New South Wales
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 126 lbs. Chest measurement 32½-34½ Inches. Complexion fair. Eyes hazel. 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. Two dental plates. Fit for active service.

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcement
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 1st Pioneer Battalion
Date 14 April 1916
Transport Ceramic
Embarked From Sydney, New South Wales Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War 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
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 January 1935 Age 63 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery St Andrew's Churchyard, Hillsborough
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Stephen Anson Wilson (known as Steve), born on 23 April 1871 at Timaru and baptised on 4 June 1871 at St Mary's anglican Church, Timaru, was the fourth son of Francis John (Frank) and Emily Kate (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. Although Steve lived most of his adult life in New Zealand, for some reason Steve enlisted and served with the Australian forces. .He had been previously rejected once for military service on account of his teeth.


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 (Papers Past) [16 November 2016]; Baptism record St Mary's Timaru (South Canterbury Branch NZSG records) [20 November 2016]

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