Sgt Wilson died on 8 July 1994.

Sgt LA Wilson, MM
Sgt LA Wilson, MM

He joined the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars in January 1938 and served with them throughout the desert campaign in the second world war.

He was promoted to Sergeant in 1942, and by the beginning of the northwest Europe campaign, he was a very experienced troop sergeant in ‘C’ Squadron.

When his troop leader, David Scott, was killed at Bourgebus, Sgt Wilson acted as troop leader of 2nd Troop. He served in this capacity with distinction and was awarded a well-deserved Military Medal.

A quiet and unassuming man, he accepted the responsibilities of troop leader with, I believe, some reluctance, but once in the job he leaders at the time I can say without any exaggeration that he was was a pillar of good sense and reliability. As one of his fellow troop respected and esteemed by all ranks throughout the squadron.

He was keen on local history and gave many talks to groups of all ages.

He seemed to bring history to life for all.

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