Wilson, William Henry Tuzo

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William Henry Tuzo Wilson
Died 25 September 2008
Nickname Peter
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Awards MBE, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel William Henry Tuzo Wilson, MBE, CD ( - 25 September 2008) was a Canadian soldier who served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

Early Life


He graduated from RMC in 1939, served overseas with the Canadian Signals Corps and at Staff College during World War II. He was a member of the Spitzbergen expedition. Following the war he was Commanding Officer of the Second Signals Regiment in Toronto from 1954 to 1957.

Member of the Order of the British Empire Citation

Peter's citation for his Member of the Order of the British Empire Citation read:

Since his appointment to this Headquarters in January 45 as SOR Sigs Major Wilson has shown outstanding ability in the aggressive and forceful manner in which he has carried out his duties. For approximately two weeks while operations to secure the Reichwald Forest were in progress without hesitating he assumed the duties and responsibilities of line communications in addition to his normal responsibilities of wireless communications and worked night and day to ensure that both jobs were carried out effectively. During the subsequent operations to gain the Hochwald Forest feature and the town of XANTEN when this Corps had, under operational control, 8 divisions, 5 armoured brigades, 4 AGRAs and the artillery of 11 Armoured Division, this officer by constant personal liaison organized wireless communications throughout the rapid regrouping with such skill and efficiency that the artillery of these various formations could be controlled on a Corps plan before line communications could be established. After the advance across the Rhine when the formations then under command were extended on a wide front and communications by line, even to Army Headquarters were not possible for many days, this officer worked tirelessly to establish wireless communications. Despite the difficulties of heavy atmospherics this officer succeeded in maintaining wireless communications by rigging special aerials on local towers. By his energy, persistence, tact and skill Major Wilson has set an outstanding example to all ranks and has made a direct contribution to the success of this Corps in recent operations.

Personal Life

He was married three times with his wives being Pamela, Audrey and Joan. He had two children, Peter and Penelope.

He was in business in Toronto and Kingston and was executive director of the Kingston Construction Association.

Served as a Director for Signals Welfare Incorporated (SWI), a benevolent fund for the benefit of members and ex-members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS), necessitous members of Royal Signals, and equivalent Corps of Allied Armies and their widows, children, and other dependent kindred.

He died 25 September 2008 at the age of 92 from injuries suffered in a fall at his house in Kingston.

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