24317228 Corporal Scott ‘Scotty’ Wilson 3 March 1957 ~ 12 June 1982 Age 25
William Spence Wilson was born in Leith an area in the North of Edinburgh on 9 July 1927. He married Janet Melrose in 1954 in St Andrew, Edinburgh. Scott was born into a Military Family on 3 March 1957 here are some words written by Paul Moore…
‘Scott Wilson was born in Abadan, Iran, to William and Janet Wilson, His father was serving in the military. Later, the family home was in the Sighthill area of Edinburgh, although they moved to Durham after his father left the army, having joined the Prison Service. The family returned to Sighthill following the death of his father.
Scott was a very popular member of 9 Parachute Squadron RE, always happy and loved his time with 9 Sqn. He spent many years in 9 Sqn and was a very good sportsman, especially at football, where he represented the Corps. Scott was married to Jean, who was also from a military family. Her Father was in the REME and posted to Aldershot where she met Scott. Jean has an older sister, Linda. Linda was married to Keith ‘Ginge’ McCarthy from 3 Para.
2 Troop 9 Para Sqn RE departed from Portsmouth with a re-enforced troop of 53 men on board the Norland on 26th April with 2 Para Group. Scott and John Ferry shared a bunk on the journey down South and had many conversations about what they were going to be tasked with and training programmes. The journey down was very busy with training, especially updated battlefield first aid skills and teaching the men from 2 Para what to do, if they encountered a minefield!
Eventually the powers that be, realised that 3 Para did not sail with any Sappers, and were going ashore first, therefore 2 Troop were cross decked on the 19th of May to the Canberra to join 3 Para. A few days later, on May 20th we were cross decked again, this time to HMS Intrepid. Our landing took place on May 21st, on-board Landing Craft into Green Beach at Port San Carlos.
During the initial search of some buildings that had been used by Argentine Forces, Scott recovered a Royal Navy White Ensign which was believed to have been flown at Moody Brook Barracks in Stanley. Scott carried this across the island before passing it to his Section 2IC Paul Moore for safe keeping with strict instructions that it was to go in the Airborne Forces Museum should anything happen to Scott. The flag was placed in the care of the museum in late 1983 having been embroidered with great care by Lesley Moore.
3 Para attacked Mount Longdon on the evening of 11 June 1982. Both Scott and his Brother-in-Law, Keith McCarthy were killed by artillery fire. Scott was 25 years old when he was killed in action.
After the War, a decision was made by the Government to bring the bodies back, due to the extreme distance and difficulties getting to the Islands. Not all the families took up this offer of repatriation, however, both Jean and Linda did.
Scott was buried in Eastern Hills Cemetery, Edinburgh on the 2nd of December 1982, following a service at St Nicholas Parish Church, Sighthill. HQ Scotland provided a ceremonial Land Rover and Gun Carriage to carry his coffin with John Ferry in charge of the coffin bearer party.‘
A tough time for the Wilson family indeed as William Spence Wilson died in 1981 just a year before his son, he was just 53 years old. Scott married his wife Jean in Dumfries in 1980. Jean now lives in Wiltshire.
We thank all of the Wilson family for their service!
© Jay Morgan Hyrons
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