Wilson, Guy Gervers Holmes

He was the only son of Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Herbert Wilson GCMG, KCB, KBE, and Lady Wilson (Ida, daughter of F.T. Gervers). He came to Mr. Bather’s house from St. David’s, Reigate, in May 1918. He left from Sixth Book (Sc) as a prefect to go into the steel business, after a spell in France and later in Trinidad, where his father was then Governor. In 1924 he joined the Stock Exchange (with Messrs. Lemon Bros.).

In 1936 he re-joined the Royal Artillery (Territorial Army), being rapidly promoted after the outbreak of war. He commanded 51 HAA Battery, went to the Staff College, had an appointment as GSO3 and GSO2 in the War Office, and in 1941 was perhaps the only Territorial Officer to that date who had become an Instructor at the Senior Staff College. In 1942 he returned to the War Office as GSO1. He died on active service in an air accident near Barnstaple in April 1943, when GSO1 of 3rd Division.

He left a widow, Elaine Margaret Wilson (née Pilling), whom he had married on April 6th 1929, and two step-daughters, but had no child of his own when he died, aged thirty-eight. He and his wife lived at Roundwood, Windlesham, Surrey.

He is buried in grave B.B.101 of the Windlesham Additional Burial Ground, Surrey.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Wilson
  • Forenames or initials: Guy Gervers Holmes
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1918-1922
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Regiment: General Staff
  • Date of Birth: 27th June 1904
  • Date of Death: 29th April 1943
  • How Died: Died in a air crash
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Windlesham Additional Burial Ground: Grave B.B.101