Professor John Wilson shares the story of his father, Charles Wilson.
Charles Wilson was born in Melbourne, and enlisted to serve in World War One in 1914. He was given the service number 173, and was part of the 7th Battalion. He embarked for Egypt on the Hororata. The 7th Battalion served at Gallipoli, Marselles, the Somme, Ypres and Calais. Charles was wounded during battle and spent time recovering in the United Kingdom.
In sharing his father’s World War One story during the Anzac Centenary, John emphasises the enormous significance the war had for the formation of national identity in Australia and New Zealand: