Obituary published in the Shanghai Times 14 May 1917
Obituary published in the North China Herald 19 May 1917
Charles Wilson was born in Shanghai. He was a student at the Shanghai Public School and a scholar at the Union Church Sunday School. He played rugby regularly from 1911 to 1914 including one game with the American SVC. He was a member of the Shanghai Artillery and the Victoria Company of the Shanghai Volunteer Brigade. After school he joined the Finance Department of the Shanghai Municipal Council.
He travelled to War on the third contingent from Shanghai leaving on the Atsuta Maru on 30 October 1914. He .survived the Battle of Loos and the second battle of Ypres at Hill Sixty being wounded on three occasions.
His luck ran out in the Battle of Arras (also known as the Second Battle of Arras). The battle was a British offensive from 9 April to 16 May 1917, British, Canadian, South African, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and Australian troops attacked German defences near the French city of Arras on the Western Front. There were major gains on the first day, followed by stalemate. The battle cost nearly 160,000 British casualties and about 125,000 German casualties. Wilson was killed on 7th (or 9th according to the Arras Memorial) May during the phase of the battle known as the Second Battle of Bullecourt which was fought 3–17 May 1917.
Charles Wilson (1889 - 1917)