Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Honored Allies Wednesday: Eric C.T. Wilson (UK)

"For most conspicuous gallantry on active service in Somaliland.  Captain Wilson was in command of machine-gun posts manned by Somali soldiers in the key position of Observation Hill, a defended post in the defensive organization of the Tug Argan Gap in British Somaliland.  The enemy attacked Observation Hill on 11 August 1940.  Captain Wilson and Somali gunners under his command beat off the attack and opened fire on the enemy troops attacking Mill Hill, another post within his range.  He inflicted such heavy casualties that the enemy, determined to put his guns out of action, brought up a pack battery to within seven hundred yards, and scored two direct hits through the loopholes of his defenses, which, bursting within the post, wounded Captain Wilson severely in the right shoulder and in the left eye, several of his team being also wounded.  His guns were blown off their stands but he repaired and replaced them and, regardless of his wounds, carried on, whilst his Somali sergeant was killed beside him.  On 12 and 14 August the enemy again concentrated field artillery fire on Captain Wilson's guns, but he continued, with his wounds untended, to man them.  On 15 August two of his machine-gun posts were blown to pieces, yet Captain Wilson, now suffering from malaria in addition to wounds, still kept his own post in action.  The enemy finally over-ran the post at 5 p.m. on 15 August when Captain Wilson, fighting to the last, was killed." 

From Capt. Wilson's Victoria Cross citation, awarded in October of 1940.

May you be at peace,

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