Lt Col Walter C Wilson

 

Chief of Special Branch in Dublin GSO1

Was the man under whom the 9 men on the Carolan raid came

special appointment

1916 May 24. Brig. Majors.— Bt. Maj. W. C. Wilson, D.S.O., Leic. R., vice Maj. H. J. N. Davis, Conn. Rang.

1916 Jun 3 to be Brevet Major Capt. W. C. Wilson, D.S.O., Leic. R.

1917 Feb 19. G.S.O., 2nd Grade.—Bt. Maj. W. C. Wilson, D.S.O., M.C., Leic. R.

1918 Apr 9. G.S.Os., 1st Grade.—Bt. Maj. W^C. Wilson, D.S.O., M.C., Leic. R., and to be temp. Lt.-C'ol. whilst so empld.

1919 Mar 4. G.S.Os., 1st Grade.—Bt Maj. W. C. Wilson, M.C., Leic. R., and to be temp. Lt.-Col. whilst so empld.,

1919 May 18. G.S.Os., 1st Grade.— Bt. Ma,j. W. C. Wilson, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., Leic. R., and relinquishes the temp, rank of Lt.-Col.

1919 Nov 13. G.S.O., 1st Grade.—.fit. Maj. W. C. Wilson, D.S.O., .O.B.E., M.C., Leic R., from the 2nd Grade, and to be temp. Lt.-Col. whilst so emipld.

1920 May Appointed Intelligence officer for Dublin District Division.

He was a former English rugby international, wounded twice on the Western Front, served on British Military missions to USA and Baltic states. He set up the Hounslow spy school with MI5 assistance.

His first cap was at wing for England v Ireland at Lansdowne Rd on 9 Feb Sept 1907. And his second agaoinst Scotland later in 1907. The Leicestershire Regiment was unable to play in the inaugural Army Cup Competition as both battalions were serving in India. The 1st Bn returned to England in the summer of 1907 and were stationed at Shorncliffe, Kent. The team had a good nucleus with English International and Army players; 2Lt Walter Wilson (centre threequarter), Capt Brock (centre) and Lt 'Tough' Yalland (forward). He was a very good centre threequarter who, although he played for the Army against the Navy in 1908, 1909, 1910 and 1911, did not play for England again after 1907.

It grew from 7 officers on 1 jun 1920, to 51 in July, 82 in Augustand reaching a max of 97 in November.

Resigned when command moved from Army to Police in Dec 1920 under Winter

1924 Mar 15. D.W.R.—Capt. & Bt. Maj. W. C. Wilson, D.S.O , O.B.E.,, M.C., from Leicester. R., to be Maj.

1928 Mar 9. Maj. W. C. Wilson, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., D.W.E., is granted the local rank of Lt.- Col., while serving with the W. Afr. Fron. Force.