Grahame Wilson

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Grahame Wilson

Nickname(s)The Phantom Major
Service/branchRhodesian Army flag late 1970s.png Rhodesian Army
Commands heldRhodesian Special Air Service
AwardsGrand Cross of Valour, Silver Cross of Rhodesia, Bronze Cross of Rhodesia


Major Grahame Wilson GCV, SCR, BCR (also known as "The Phantom Major")[1] is a retired Rhodesian Army officer who served as second-in-command of the Rhodesian Special Air Service (SAS) and is regarded as the most decorated member of the Rhodesian Army.

Military Career:

Wilson initially served with the Rhodesian African Rifles (RAR) before passing SAS selection in 1975 where he served as an officer, eventually rising to second in command (2IC) of the Regiment. Following Rhodesia's reconstitution and recognised independence as Zimbabwe in 1980, the Grand Cross of Valour was awarded to Major Grahame Wilson,[2] He was the second and final person to be awarded the honour after Chris Schulenburg, who received the award while serving with the Selous Scouts.

During Rhodesia's transition to Zimbabwe, Wilson obtained the rank of Major and retired after serving as Officer Commanding Special Air Service from April 1980 to the unit's disbandment in December that year. He delivered the final regimental address at Kabrit Barracks on December 13 1980, before the final lowering of the colours. An account of the role of the SAS in the Rhodesian Bush war was authored by Major Wilson and Greg Mills, entitled "Who Dares Loses: Assessing Rhodesia's Counter-Insurgency Experience". Major Wilson was appointed as the President of the C-Squadron Rhodesian Special Air Service Association following the death of General Peter Walls.

Post War:

Residing in South Africa, Major Wilson is still actively involved in business and conservation initiatives where he consults to various organisations.[3]


  1. ^ "Selous Scouts".
  2. ^ "Medals".
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