• Claude Stanley Wilson

Army / Flying Corps
  • 59th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Private

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  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Enlisted in the AIF at Prahran, Victoria.

    196 Chapel Street, Prahran VIC 3181, Australia
    Thursday, 3 February 1916

  • Embarked for active service abroad. [ship not listed]

    Saturday, 1 April 1916

  • Disembarked at Suez, Egypt.

    الشهداء، Suez, Egypt
    Friday, 12 May 1916

  • Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance for laryngitis and dental work in Etaples, France.

    6 Rue Marie Antoinette, 62630 Étaples, France
    Thursday, 7 December 1916

  • Reported A.W.L.

    Saturday, 13 October 1917

  • Returned from being A.W.L.

    Wednesday, 14 November 1917

  • Faced a court martial in the field. Found guilty of deserting His Majesty’s service. Sentenced to 5 years, but commuted to 2 years I. H. L. (Imprisonment with Hard Labour)

    Sunday, 18 November 1917

  • Reported A. W. L. from 9pm.

    Tuesday, 9 July 1918

  • Declared an Illegal Absentee by Court of Inquiry held in the field on 1/8/18. Absentee from 9/7/18 and still absent.

    Tuesday, 9 July 1918

  • Returned to unit.

    Friday, 13 September 1918

  • Faced a court martial in the field and found guilty of going A. W. L. and evading duty. Sentenced to 2 years I. H. L.

    Tuesday, 17 September 1918

  • Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance suffering from scabies.

    Tuesday, 22 October 1918

  • Discharged to duty, commuted to prison to service sentence of 2 years I. H. L. for previous offenses. Sentences to run concurrently.

    Monday, 4 November 1918

  • Admitted to No. 4 Military Prison, Rouen, France, to serve 2 years I. H. L.

    51 Place du Général de Gaulle, 76000 Rouen, France
    Sunday, 10 November 1918

  • Sentence cut short. Left England for return to Australia per HT Euripides.

    A5, Kilsby, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6 7GY, UK
    Sunday, 7 September 1919

  • Disembarked Melbourne, discharged from AIF, services no longer required.

    230 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia
    Monday, 20 October 1919

  • Mrs Wilson writes to the War Medals Board to request her husband receive his medals. Her request is denied.

    Thursday, 8 February 1934

Stories and comments
    • In and out of trouble
    • Posted by NAAadmin, Monday, 28 July 2014

    Not all members of the Australian Imperial Force were able to stay out of trouble with their superiors during their stint in the war. This is unsurprising considering the volunteer nature of the AIF: many members were only civilian soldiers who had no real experience with army discipline before enlisting. In the case of Claude Stanley Wilson, his habit of going absent without leave proved his undoing in the AIF. While no Australian soldiers were executed for desertion, plenty were found guilty of it or going AWOL, and sentenced to suspended sentences or field punishment. Private Stanley was also found to have forfeited his right to his medals, having been convicted and sentenced to more than a year. He was eventually shipped home to Australia, his file marked ‘services no longer required’: essentially a dishonourable discharge.

      • Tareq101
      • Wednesday, 15 June 2016

      Lest we forget those who served us the ANZACS (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps)