Roll of Honour

Lieutenant Colonel

Douglas Hamilton Wilson

Distinguished Service Order


Douglas Hamilton Wilson was born on the 25th June 1883, in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. He was the son of Thomas - a Minister in Lesmahagow, and Helen. Douglas was one of seven children, and the family must have been fairly well off as they had three servants - sisters Mary and Margaret, the housemaid and general servant, and Evan the gardener. After his father's death in 1894, Douglas' mother moved the family to Ruthven Street in Glasgow, and Douglas gained his education at the High School of Glasgow.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Douglas joined the University of Glasgow in 1900, matriculating in the College of Arts. After graduating with an Arts degree in 1904, Douglas re-enrolled to study Theology, studying subjects such as Hebrew and History. Douglas changed courses in 1906, and as a member of the Law School graduated with a BL in 1909.

After graduation, Douglas got a job on the staff of the Caledonian Railway. He married Hilda G. McLean at Stockport in 1915, shortly before joining the army as a Railway Transport Officer. His good service saw him rise to be Assistant Director with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. As a member of the Railway Transport Establishment Royal Engineers, he was twice mentioned in despatches during the year 1917, and he received the award of the Distinguished Service Order, announced in the New Year’s Honours List of 1918. His services continued for some time after the end of the war, and he resided at 24 Muswell Hill, London with his wife Hilda. He died in a London nursing home on 3rd March 1920.

Comments and Citations

High School of Glasgow Book of Remembrance

1891 and 1901 Census Records

University of Glasgow Registry Records