War Records: Searching for WW1 Images and Stories

Graeme Lang Wilson  (1890-1915)

Lance Corporal G.L. Wilson. 2nd Light Horse Regiment, AIF.

From the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour

Name: Graeme Lang Wilson     Service Number: 230     Rank: Lance Corporal

Unit: 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment     Service: Australian Army

Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Date of death: 19 May 1915     Place of death: Gallipoli, Ottoman Empire

Cause of death: Killed in action     Age at death: 25

Place of association: Brisbane, Australia

Cemetery or memorial details: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey

Embarked: HMAT Star of England from Brisbane 24 Sept 1914

The Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour Circular has Lance Corporal G.L. Wilson’s place of death as Quinn’s Post, Gallipoli. It mentions that he was captain of Brisbane Grammar and Gatton College Football Teams, he was a student of electrical engineering and the brother of Principal Matron G.M. Wilson. G. Lang Wilson is also shown on Brisbane Grammar’s WWI Honour Roll.

AWM_1915_Quinns Post_A02009

Other Sources

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has the grave location (III. F. 22) and a link to a map of Shrapnel Valley Cemetery. Trove has an 1923 article telling the story of Mrs Wilson’s visit to Gallipoli and the grave of her youngest son, Graeme at Shrapnel Valley.

A Google search gives a wealth of other resources of varying usefulness.

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre has the above photo of Graeme L Wilson from ‘The Queenslander dated 17th October, 1914 which can be found on Trove but is rather hard to read. The Queenslander has many pages of photos of soldiers in the various expeditionary forces.

Australian Anzacs in the Great Great War 1914-1918 an AIF Project by University of New South Wales. This site has most of the information in one place but no picture. Similar information is available at the State government of Victoria’s Anzac Centenary where  you can add images or stories if you have them.

The National Archives of Australia Discovering Anzacs is for Australian & New Zealand soldiers of world War 1 and the Boer War but only has a link to the personnel file for Graeme L. Wilson which shows that he was born at Indooroopily, Queensland in 1890 and was aged 24 yrs and 3 months when he joined on 2nd September, 1914. Queensland State Archives would be worth checking too but today it’s search is temporarily unavailable.

Here’s a photo and a map of Quinn’s Post from the Australian War Memorial’s Collection together with a brief history of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment. And that’s just the beginning!

AWM_Quinns Post Map_J00391

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