Francis Adrian Wilson

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Francis Adrian Wilson
Born 12 October 1874
London, England
Died 6 May 1954(1954-05-06) (aged 79)
Surrey, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Major General
Commands held Chief of the Australian General Staff
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Légion d'honneur (France)

Major General Francis Adrian Wilson CB, CMG, DSO (12 October 1874 – 6 May 1954) was a senior officer in the British Army who served as Chief of the General Staff in Australia from 1911 to 1912.

Military career[edit]

Wilson was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1895.[1] He served in the Second Boer War and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.[2]

He served as Chief of the General Staff in Australia from 1911 to 1912,[3] and then returned to United Kingdom to prepare for the First World War; his service in that war led to the award of the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George[4] and the Légion d'honneur.[5]

After the war he became Colonel Royal Artillery for Eastern Command for which service he was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1903, he married Mabel Crosfield, with whom he had a son and a daughter. He died in 1954 at his home near Farnham, Surrey.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26640. p. 3818. 5 July 1895. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27359. p. 6308. 27 September 1901. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  3. ^ a b "Maj.-Gen. F. A. Wilson". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 7 May 1954. p. 11. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29886. p. 4. 29 December 1916. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30431. p. 13206. 14 December 1917. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33280. p. 3605. 31 May 1927. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
Military offices
Preceded by
Major General John Hoad
Chief of the Australian General Staff
1911–1912
Succeeded by
Brigadier General Joseph Gordon