Wilkinson, William Alexander Camac
- Date of birth:
- December 8th, 1892 (Sydney, Australia)
- Date of death:
- December 19th, 1983 (Sussex, Great Britain)
- Service number:
- Australian (1901-present, Federal Monarchy)
William Wilkinson was educated at Eton College in England, SCEGS in Sydney, Australia and then he attended Oxford University from 1910-1914. He was outstanding at school and university sporting competitions, especially in cricket and golf. He was commissioned in the British Army. He was recalled for WWII and was awarded a DSO for the Battle of Monte Cassino and also a George Medal after several of his men had been killed or wounded after straying into a minefield and he single-handedly retrieved a soldier from deep within the minefield.
From July 1945 he was appointed as Senior Military Government Officer in the occupation forces in the British Zone in Austria, based in Graz, where he was noted for his regular local radio broadcasts in German. Colonel Wilkinson died on 19 September 1983 in Sussex, England.
18 August, 1913: Second Lieutenant Territorial Force
3 November, 1914: Temporary Second Lieutenant
21 October, 1915: Lieutenant
20 July, 1917: acting Captain
1 March, 1931: Major
1 September, 1933: retirement
1 June, 1942: Majoor
? Lieutenant-Colonel (war sub)
5 July, 1947: retirement, ceases tot belong to the reserve of officers, honorary rank of COlonel
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- First World War (1914-1918)
- Coldstream Guards
- Awarded on:
- September 26th, 1917
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in commanding his company with the utmost fearlessness and ability after his company commander had become a casualty. Having led them in the attack, he walked up and down during consolidation, regardless of the fact that enemy snipers were firing at very close range, urging his men to greater efforts so that they should get quickly under cover. Later in the evening, he made a personal reconnaissance of a strong point, made his dispositions before dark, and subsequently led his company forward and captured it with the greatest dash and gallantry."
- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 14th Battalion Queen's Royal Regiment, 201st Independent Infantry Brigade (Home), Yorkshire County Division, Home Forces, British Army
- Awarded on:
- July 8th, 1941
Wilkinson was a temporary lieutenant-colonel commanding 14th Battalion, the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) when a number of his men strayed into a minefield. Several were killed, and one injured man could be seen in the middle of the mined area, still moving. Royal Engineers had been sent for to clear the mines, and a doctor who happened to be present gave the opinion that the wounded man was unlikely to survive. Whilst the doctor was talking to the other officer present, Wilkinson entered the minefield, and managed to bring out the wounded man single-handedly.
- - Page 5939 | Issue 28747, 19 August 1913 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 9134 | Issue 28969, 10 November 1914 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 279 | Supplement 29428, 4 January 1916 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 9980 | Supplement 30308, 25 September 1917 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 10551 | Supplement 30333, 12 October 1917 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 652 | Supplement 30466, 8 January 1918 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 10245 | Supplement 30878, 30 August 1918 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 3647 | Supplement 35674, 18 August 1942 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 4369 | Supplement 36710, 19 September 1944 | London Gazette | The Gazette
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