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August 1940 at Observation Hill in Somaliland (now Somalia), Captain
Eric Charles Twelves Wilson kept a machine-gun post in action in spite
of being wounded and suffering from malaria. Some of his guns were blown
to pieces by the enemy's field artillery fire. Eric Wilson personally
held out to the end which he delayed for four Days.
The award was cited posthumously in the London Gazette but three days
later news was received that he had been taken prisoner, He was freed
later when Eritrea was conquered and fought with the Long Range Desert
Born in 1912 son of Rev. Cyril Charles Clissold Wilson, Eric Charles
Twelves Wilson of Long Crichel retired from the army in 1949 with the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel and became a colonial administrator in
Tanganika before retiring to a cottage at Stowell near Sherborne.