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Sgt Robert Wilson

May 3 2010 at 3:48 PM

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Hi Robert,

I am guessing that this is your father, based on the name and the fact you provided of him being awarded both an MM and an MiD. This is the only Wilson with both awards;

WILSON, Robert, Sergeant (B.63708) - Mention in Despatches - Infantry (Queen's Own Rifles of Canada) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 6 October 1945 and CARO/6114 of that date.

WILSON, Robert, Sergeant (B.63708) - Military Medal - Infantry (Queen's Own Rifles of Canada) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 10 November 1945 and CARO/6193 dated 12 November 1945.

Sergeant Wilson is the Regimental Aid Post Sergeant of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada. He landed with "C" Company of this regiment during the assault on the beaches of Bernier-sur-Mer, Normandy, 6 June 1944, and has served continuously in every action undertaken by this battalion until the cessation of hostilities. At all times during this long period he has carried out his duties of caring for the wounded with unceasing cheerfulness, great courage and bravery. Upon numerous occasions, Sergeant Wilson has taken it upon himself to go forward into the battle zone, under heavy shelling and mortar fire, to bring back wounded comrades to their own lines. During the heavy fighting for Carpiquet village, 4 July 1944, it was learned that a section of men were isolated by mortar and small arms fire, very close to the enemy lines; amongst these were two badly wounded men, desperately in need of first aid. As soon as the message was received at the Regimental Aid Post, without hesitation, Sergeant Wilson volunteered to make the hazardous journey with the necessary medical equipment. Taking a stretcher bearer and showing the utmost disregard for his own safety, displaying great courage and skill, Sergeant Wilson, under a hail of enemy small arms fire, through shell cratered and burning fields, reached his objective. Upon doing so he discovered that the two men were very badly wounded and were in urgent need of a qualified surgeon. Placing one of the men on a stretcher, he and the stretcher bearer again made their way across the bullet-swept terrain to the Regimental Aid Post. Sergeant Wilson then made a second trip, under the very heavy enemy barrage, and miraculously succeeded in bringing back the other wounded man. At all times during the campaign, the bravery and devotion to duty shown by Sergeant Wilson has been a constant source of inspiration to all ranks of this battalion. All wounded men returning to the unit after hospitalization are loud in their praise of this outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer's speedy and efficient work, which has undoubtedly saved lives.

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  • Thanks - Robert Wilson on May 4, 2010, 9:41 AM