Second Lieutenant Charles Robert Wilson

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
Date published: 27/07/1917
Killed in action: Yes
Date of death: 24/05/1917
Age at death: 31
Cemetery: Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux, Pas de Calais, France
Plot: I. E. 50.
Information: Second Lieutenant Charles Robert Wilson M.C., Machine Gun Corps, killed in action May 24th, 1917, was the eldest surviving son of Mr. H. Wilson and the late Emily C. Wilson, of Carrickmines House, Co. Dublin. He was born in 1886, and was educated at Radley and Pembroke College, Oxford. He was a member of the Dublin Stock Exchange, and a very distinguished athlete. Captain of the boats at Radley, he rowed in the famous Pembroke College Eight of 1906; he also rowed in the Oxford University Trial Eights in 1907. In 1912/13 he was captain of the Lansdowne Football Club. In January, 1916, he was gazetted to the 6th Royal Munster Fusiliers from the Dublin University O.T.C., and went to the front in September, 1916. Later on he joined the Machine Gun Corps. His Major writes of him :— “His loss is very keenly felt by us, as he had become such a favourite amongst us all”. He had just been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action on April 23rd.