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CB Wilson 10 Hussars & RFC

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Topic: CB Wilson 10 Hussars & RFC
Posted By: NickForder
Subject: CB Wilson 10 Hussars & RFC
Date Posted: 22 Jun 2009 at 08:51

Charles Benjamin Wilson

28.11.1885        Born in Manchester, eldest son of Hubert Malcolm Wilson (qv) of

Barmere, Whitchurch, by his wife, Frances Maud, daughter of Benjamin Carver of Prestwich, Lancashire.

                        Educated Watson’s College, Edinburgh

                        Educated at Bilton

1.1899                        Educated Eton (Housemaster E Impey)

1901                              Left Eton

20.5.1903Commissioned in 3 (Militia) Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light


27.5.1905      Gained regular commissioned in 10 Hussars

1905                              Joined 10 Hussars ar Rawalpindi, India

1911                              Posted to Australia as ADC to Governor of Australia

11.9.1912             Promoted Lt in 10 Hussars

1.10.1914             Promoted Lt in Reserve of Officers

7.10.1914      Joined 10 Hussars

14.10.1914        10 Hussars joined BEF

18.2.1915             Military Cross gazetted (first awarded to Regiment) for service at First Battle of Ypres (No citation published).

26.3.1915      Left 10 Hussars, presumably to undertake flying instruction.

4.9.1915                 Graded as Flying Officer on attachment to RFC

7.9.1915                 Granted R Ae C Ticket 1835, following test on Maurice Farman biplane at Shoreham

Posted to 15 Squadron

17.1.1916      Pilot of 15 Squadron BE2c ‘4107’ on escorted recce flight between Faust and Houthulst. Observe was 681 AM2 JA Lathaen. At 8:30 am encountered Fokker, drove it off a recce BE2c, exchanged fire with another Fokker,  and last saw one of them spiralling down from 9 000 feet. Reported that Fokker was fitted with a machine gun capable of firing through the propeller.

19.1.1916             Pilot of 15 Squadron BE2c ‘2694’ on escorted recce over Tourcoing when shot down and wounded at 8:40 am. Wilson was severely wounded in the pelvis and abdomen. He lost consciousness but the BE2 landed safely by iteself from 9 000 feet. The observer, 2Lt Walter Arthur Brooking RHA attached RFC, son of Brigadier-General HT Brooking CB, was killed. Both were posted missing, assumed killed. Notification that Wilson was a wounded prisoner was dropped by German aircraft over British lines. Wiulson and Broking were probably shot down by a Fokker monoplane flown Oberleutnant Michael Krug of Fleigerabtailung Nr 5b/Kek1.

7.5.1917         Promoted Captain in 10 Hussars (Special Reserve) while still a POW.

1.4.1918                 Appointed Honorary Captain RAF while on attachment, though still a POW.

19.4.1918             Interned in Holland.

10.7.1918             Repatriated

1919                              Married Mrs Janet (Jan) Orr-Ewing, daughter of Jack Mackinnon (and possibly widow of Temporary Captain Ernest Pellew Orr-Ewing KIA 15.9.1916 attached 1 Scots Guards, and sister-in-law of 2Lt AI Orr-Ewing POW when his FE2b ‘A856’ of 101 Squadron came down behind German lines).

[10.6.1920     Manchester Aviation Company's DH 6 was registered G-EATI to ‘CB Wilson, Manchester’. Manchester Aviation Company was in business until at least April 1922, presumably from Alexandra Park. This is believed not to be the same CB Wilson ]

23.7.1921      Son John (Johnny) Malcolm Hamersley Wilson born (Commissisoned as 194119 2Lt 10 Hussars 12.8.1941, KIA during the Battle of Sannu, North Africa, while commanding 2 Troop, B Squadron, 10 Hussars, on 30.1942, Buried in Benghazi War Cemetery)

1942               Appointed High Sherrif of Norfolk. Resident : Irstead Lodge, Neatishead, Norfolk

Home Guard Officer.

1946                              Wife died, shortly after Irstead Lodge had been destroyed by fire.

1947                              Married Phyllis Marija Briggs, daughter of late Karl Briggs of

Bendino, Victoria, Australia.

9.8.1957                 Died. Left CB Wilson Bequest to assist 10 Hussar officers. This money was used to endow a bed in his name, and that of his son’s, at King Edward VII Hospital.

Notes              Keen sportsman. Noted racing, travelling and yachting as his recreations.


Clubs : Cavalry, White’s Buck’s, Royal Automobile, Royal Aero, RAF, Norfolk (Norwich) & Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht (Lowestoft).

Hubert Malcolm Wilson

1896                              Joined Cheshire Yeomanry aged 36.

1898               Promoted Lt in C Squadron.

Temporary commanding officer of C Squadron during Boer War (as Cheshire Yeomanry officers were serving with the Imperial Yeomanry)

1905                              Promoted Major.

10.1910                   Appointed second-in-command of Cheshire Yeomanry, following the resignation of Lord Arthur Grosvenor.

1911                              Promoted to Lt Colonel to command following death of Lt Colonel Wyndham.

5.8.1914                 Cheshire Yeomanry mobilised under command of Lt Colonel HM Wilson.

9.1914                        2Lt LH Wilson (younger son of HM Wilson) joined 1/1st Cheshire Yeomanry from 2/1st.

5.6.1916                 Hospitalised

1917                              Cheshire Yeomanry amalgamated with Shropshire Yeomanry to form 10 KSLI, to be commanded by Lt Colonel Heywood-Lonsdale. Wilson became an adviser to cavalry in Italy. 1919

1919              First preseident of B (Eaton) Squadron Cheshire Yeomanry Old

Comrades Association.

Notes: OBE


Resident : The Hermitage, Holmes Chapel, Crewe.

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