George Wilson (VC)

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George Wilson
Born (1886-04-29)29 April 1886
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 22 April 1926(1926-04-22) (aged 39)
Craighleigh Hospital, Edinburgh
Buried at Piershill Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Private
Unit Highland Light Infantry
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross

George Wilson VC (29 April 1886 – 22 April 1926) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Wilson was 28 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, British Army during the First World War, during the First Battle of the Aisne, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

No. 9553 Private George Wilson, 2nd Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry.

For most conspicuous gallantry on the 14th of September near Verneuil, in attacking a hostile Machine Gun, accompanied by only one man. When the latter was killed, he went on alone, shot the Officer and six Men working the Gun, which he captured.[1]

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Wilson's Victoria Cross is displayed at the Museum of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, Glasgow, Scotland. He died of tuberculosis at Craigleith Hospital and is buried in Piershill Cemetery in Edinburgh.


  1. ^ "(Supplement) no. 28998". The London Gazette. 4 December 1914. p. 10411. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 

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