This blog is a companion to the Database of Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington

Friday, July 26, 2013

The horsewhisperer

Private George Paton Wilson, circa 1917
George Wilson, a woolclasser from Essendon, was only 18½ when he enlisted on 8 January 1917. Appointed to the Veterinary Corps, George embarked six months later with the mission of caring for the horsepower on which the army depended.  After a period in the Australian Veterinary Hospital in Calais, George was posted to an artillery unit.  Read his story and see the wonderful photos from a family photograph album, kindly provided by the Wilson family.

George's brother Tom Wilson had embarked in 1916 and served with the 21 Infantry Battalion.   


  1. They were very interesting photos indeed. I was very lucky to have access to them, thanks to the Wilson family.