A fine 1914 “Langemark” D.C.M. pair awarded to Sergeant J. Wilson, Gloucestershire Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (5233 Sjt., 1/Glouc.Regt.); 1914 Mons Star (5233 Sjt., 1/Glouc.R.) extremely fine (2)
D.C.M. London Gazette 10 November, 1914.
“For conspicuous gallantry on 21st October, 1914, in assisting to carry on defence of trenches, after every officer had been shot, and repulsing, with great loss to the enemy, a very determined attack which reached to within 50 yards of them. (Wounded 31.10.1914.)”
Sergeant James Wilson was born in Calcutta, India. He was one of four men from the 1st battalion to receive the Distinguished Conduct Medal for repulsing the German attack on Ypres, 24th October, 1914. Lieutenant Colonel Lovett’s diary states “This N.C.O. was in my opinion chiefly responsible for the conduct of the defence after the officers had been shot”. Sergeant Wilson died of his wounds on 30th or 31st October, 1914. His name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres - he has no known grave.