Brigadier General Lachlan Chisholm Wilson

Brigadier General Lachlan

Brigadier General Lachlan Chisholm Wilson


Lachlan  Wilson was born in July 1871 into a pioneer family who were farming sugar cane at the Logan River in southern Queensland.  He began work for the Department of  Lands, studying for a law degree at the same time.  He qualified as a barrister in 1895.

He saw action in the Boer War and was taken prisoner, refusing to abandon his wounded friend David Buchanan, Wilson was taken prisoner.  The two of  them were held for four days before a prisoner exchange secured their release.

Upon his return from Africa, he practised in Townsville where he married Nellie Grant Hartley in 1903.

He joined the AIF in 1914 as a Major and saw action in North Africa and then Gallipoli as second- in- command with the 5th Light Horse Regiment.  He became Lieutenant Colonel in charge after the death of  his superior.  Wilson was awarded the CMG on General Birdwood’s recommendation.

After the Gallipoli campaign, the 5th were sent to Egypt and Palestine, becoming the first Australian Regiment to cross the Suez Canal.  The 5th were involved in the battles at Katia, Romani and Gaza.  Wilson used the Queensland spear point pump to tap the wells in the desert, thus facilitating a mobile and easy way of getting water: it is no wonder he was well-loved by his men.

In 1917, Wilson took over the 2nd Light Horse for almost five months, becoming Colonel and acting  Brigadier General in command of  the 3rd Light Horse Brigade before moving on to assist in the capture of  Beersheba.

1st May 1918, after a short rest period, Wilson and his men took Es Salt.  Kefr Adan and Jenin followed on, pre-empting the direct successful entry into Damascus on October 1st.

He retained his links to the military after returning home and to work, becoming active in public life, particularly with the RSSAILA and his position as State Commander of  the Queensland Volunteer Defence Corps from 1941 to 1945.

Lachlan Wilson passed away 7th April 1947.

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