John Harold Owen Wilsey

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John Wilsey
Born 1904
Died 20 July 1961
St. Saviour, Jersey
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1936-1956
Rank Major-General
Commands held 9th Bn Worcestershire Regiment
7th Duke of Wellington's Regiment
53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division
5th Infantry Brigade
2nd Division
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General John Harold Owen Wilsey CB CBE DSO (1904 – 20 July 1961) was a British Army officer who commanded 2nd Division.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Haileybury and the Royal Military College Sandhurst,[1] Wilsey was commissioned into the Dorset Regiment and then transferred into the Worcestershire Regiment in 1936.[2] He served in the Second World War as Commanding Officer of 9th Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment in Northern Ireland and South East England and then as Commanding Officer of the 7th Duke of Wellington's Regiment at the Normandy landings in 1944 before taking command of 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division for the campaign in North West Europe.[2] He was appointed Commander of 5th Infantry Brigade in 1949, Director of Infantry in 1951 and Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1953.[2] His last appointment was as General Officer Commanding 2nd Division from 1954 before retiring in 1956.[3]

In retirement he lived at Maufant Manor in St. Saviour on Jersey.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Basil Coad
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Cosmo Nevill