(Service number 74438)

Aliases Harry
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 3 October 1897 Place of Birth Milton, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 50 Theodocia Street, Timaru
Occupation Letter-carrier
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. A. WILSON (mother), 50 Theodocia Street, Timaru
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 39th Reinforcements, E Company
Date 13 June 1918
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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


Date 6 June 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

22 June 1918 admitted to ship's hospital (sore back); 26 June discharged. 7 August 1918 admitted to ship's hospital (influenza); 10 August discharged. 28 August 1918 admitted to ship's hospital (cardiac pain); 30 august discharged

Post-war Occupations

Civil servant


Date 2 December 1961 Age 64 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 13, Plot 108
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Henry Wilson, named for his maternal grandfather and known as Harry, was the younger son of Scottish born Alexander Wilson and his New Zealand born wife, Maria née Cossgrove. Born on 3 October 1897 at Milton, Otago, he was educated at Tokomairiro School, Milton. His father died in 1911 and sometime after his mother moved to Timaru. Private Henry Wilson embarked at Liverpool on 27 March 1919 per the “Kia Ora”. He was in a contingent of South Canterbury soldiers who came from Christchurch by a special train and were welcomed home on 9 May 1919. A great crowd gathered at the station and cheered loudly when they arrived. The soldiers expressed their appreciation to the ladies who gave them fruit and cigarettes. The Mayor congratulated the soldiers on their heroic achievements abroad, thanked them on behalf of the whole community and expressed the hope that they would soon regain their health, before calling for three hearty cheers for them. Mr Craigie, M.P., said that all were proud of what they had done in the struggle for liberty and freedom, and expressed the hope that “they would have many happy years in this prosperous land”.

Harry married Grace Todd-Hunter Young Auld in 1922. He died on 2 December 1961 , aged 64 years, and is buried at Temuka with his wife who had died just five months earlier. They were survived by a son and a daughter. Harry’s brother, Bill, also seved in World War I and three of Bill’s sons served in World War II. His youngest sister married a Timaru ex-serviceman, William Michael Direen.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Depratment of Internal Affairs) [24 June 2020]; School Admission record [24 June 2020]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [24 June 2020]; Timaru Herald, 10 May 1919 (Papers Past) [21 June 2020]

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