Danny Wilson, aged 28, died as a result of injuries sustained during a patrol in Basra City, Iraq on Sunday, 1 April 2007. His patrol came under fire close to Basra Palace. He had dismounted from his Warrior vehicle to check the roadside ahead for explosive devices when he was hit by small arms fire. Despite being given immediate first aid at the scene, tragically he died of his injuries.
Danny Wilson was a Kingsman in the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. From Workington and a proud Cumbrian, Kingsman Danny John Wilson was born on 5 August 1978. He first joined the Lancastrian and Cumbrian Volunteers (TA) and then in July 2005, the 1st Battalion, The Kings Own Royal Border Regiment. He served with his Battalion in Iraq in 2006 and then volunteered to deploy once again with the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, where he joined CHINDIT Company in early March this year.
A popular and much respected soldier, Kingsman Wilson's enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour soon marked him out as a Battalion character. One of the older and more experienced Kingsmen in his platoon, he was well known for giving others a hand and ensuring that new members of the platoon soon settled in. He was widely respected and much admired within his Company, and was always ready to put his experience and training into practice by volunteering for difficult tasks. Already identified by his commanders and peers as a future NCO, Kingsman Wilson showed the will and aptitude to succeed in all that he did.
Captain Steve Metcalfe, of CHINDIT Company, said of Kingsman Wilson:
"I knew him to be a professional soldier who was keen to do his job. His willingness to return to an operational theatre is testament to his commitment to those he served with."
Danny was a loving husband to Tracey and devoted father to his son Leo. He spoke of his young family often and of their plans for next year, when the Battalion will deploy to Cyprus.
His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Kenyon MBE, said:
"Danny Wilson was the sort of Kingsman whom it is a privilege to serve alongside. Selfless, committed and always ready to look on the bright side, he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time."