|THE VICTORIA CROSS AND OTHER MEDALS AWARDED TO ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET SIR ARTHUR WILSON, ROYAL NAVY, HAVE BEEN DONATED TO THE ROYAL NAVAL MUSEUM, PORTSMOUTH|
|The balance of the legendary collection of naval medals amassed in his lifetime by the late Captain Kenneth Douglas-Morris has been secured for the nation by the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Under the terms of the will 400 medals were given to the museum in 1993. These medals were the major part of the collection of NGSMs, the balance of which was dispersed at auction. Now the family have given the medals, dating from 1840 to the end of World War II, which includes the Victoria Cross awarded to Sir Arthur Wilson in 1884 when he served as an "observer" in the Sudan Campaign, to the Royal Naval Museum.
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|Medal entitlement of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson,
|Arthur Knyvet Wilson was born on the 4th March 1842 in Swaffham, Norfolk, the son of Rear-Admiral George Knyvet Wilson and nephew of Major-General Sir Archidale Wilson of Delhi. His career in the Royal Navy saw him in action during the Crimean War of 1854-56, the China War of 1858, the Egyptian Campaign of 1882, and the Sudan Campaign of 1884.
For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 21 May 1884 ], El Teb, Sudan, 29 February 1884, Captain Arthur Knyvet Wilson, Royal Navy ( Naval Brigade ).
"This Officer, on the staff of Rear-Admiral Sir William Hewett, at the Battle of El-Teb, on the 29th February 1884, attached himself during the advance to the right half battery, Naval Brigade, in the place of Lieutenant Royds, RN, mortally wounded.
Arthur Wilson was invested with his Victoria Cross by CinC Portsmouth, Admiral Sir George Phipps-Hornby, at Portsmouth, on 6th June 1884.
Iain Stewart, 6 February 2004