Hubert (Hugh) Villiers Wilson 1896-1919

Hubert (Hugh) Villiers Wilson

Title: Hubert (Hugh) Villiers Wilson
Description: Grave marker in St Mary's Churchyard by-nc

Hubert Villiers Wilson was born 21 March 1896 in Calicut, Kerala, India (aka Kozhikode) the son of an Indian Civil Servant, Villiers Stuart Fellowes Wilson, and Lilian Marguerite Blackburne-Maze, who had married in Kent in 1892. He was a nephew to Norman Pares, the Vicar of Horsell, but as his grandfathers were a Major and a Major-General in the Army, perhaps his destiny was in little doubt.

His parents moved with their 3 children (Hubert was second child and eldest son) to Alveston, Chobham, Surrey and Hubert was educated at St Mary’s School, Horsell, until 1910 when he was sent to Hadlow, Kent, to board with an uncle whilst attending Tonbridge School. He was known at Tonbridge School as Hugh Villiers WILSON which was also the name he later served under, although he had reverted to Hubert by his death.

In 1914 he went up to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, but obtained a commission as a temporary Second Lieutenant in the 13th Battalion (Reserve) of  the Hampshire Regiment on 7 December 1914. He was then posted to the 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment and in October 1915 was sent to Salonika, Greece, as part of the replacements for the men lost in the Gallipoli landings.

On 30 September 1916, he was shot in an operation about 75 miles north of Salonika, with damage to his spine, heart and both lungs. Whilst recovering he was promoted to Lieutenant on 26 April 1917, but relinquished his commission on Armistice day, 11/11/1911.

He eventually succumbed to his injuries at the Red Cross Hospital for Officers in Brighton on 15 December 1919 and was buried in St Mary’s churchyard, Horsell, on the 18 December 1919 by his uncle, Norman Pares, and lies under a private memorial. The identical grave marker next to his is the grave of his father (died 1932) and mother (died 1944).

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