1914-15 Star, British War & Victory Medal, 319105 C. Wilson, R.A.F., late Yorkshire Regiment & Commissioned Flight Cadet.
1914-15 Star impressed: 12342 L. Cpl. C. Wilson. York. R.
British War & Victory impressed: 319105 Cpl. C. Wilson R.A.F.
Cecil Wilson was born in Kimberley, Cape Colony during 1896, his father Joseph Finlay Wilson was working with the Mines in Kimberley and was a Lieutenant in the Diamonds Field Horse, later being besieged in Kimberley during the Boer War.
His father did not have the chance to return home before the beginning of the war with his two young children so it appears Cecil and his older sister Eleanor at the ages of 4 & 7 were present in Kimberley as they were besieged by the Boers.
He was working as a Engineer Draughtsman from 1912-1914 when the war broke out, he immediately signed up for service aged 19 on 29th August 1914.
During WW1 he joined the Yorkshire Regiment as indicated on his 1914-15 Star and served with the Expeditionary Force in France from 13th July to 5th July 1916, followed by service in Mesopotamia from 17th March 1917 until 26th July 1918.
Then with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force from 27th July 1918 until 5th July 1919 during which time he was training as a flight cadet and had just transferred to the Royal Air Force.
During his service he was wounded by Gas on 27th June 1916.
Having been made Flight Cadet he joined 3 Cadet Wing, 6 Squadron for ‘14 course of instruction’ on 24th July 1918.
Then at the 3rd School of Aviation on 29th August 1918, being attached for course of instruction.
He was then sent to to the Armament School in Egypt with 69 Training Wing on 2nd December 1918.
On 4th December 1918 he joined 19 T.D.S. from 2nd to 20th December 1918 before returning to the Middle East RAF Base Depot.
He did more training with 41 T.D.S. from 21st February until 3rd March 1919 when he arrived at the 5th School of Aviation.
Being discharged at Ripon on 4th March 1919.