Sir Henry Hughes Wilson


Sir Henry Hughes Wilson, 1st Baronet, Bart, GCB, DSO. C.I.G.S.  Born 5th May 1864 and sadly shot and killed by IRA gunmen Reginald Dunne and Joseph O’Sullivan on the 22nd June 1922. Sir Henry, a famous Irish soldier born in Currygrane, County Longford. He was commissioned into the Royal Irish Regiment in1884 and was one of the most senior British Army staff officers of the First World War.

On the 19th November 1921, the Ulster Memorial Tower was dedicated at a ceremony on the site of the Somme battle. The dedication ceremony was carried out by Field Marshal Sir Henry Hughes Wilson, who was then the Chief of the Imperial General Staff of the British Army.  Neither Sir Edward Carson nor Sir James Craig was able to attend due to illness, so Sir Henry had to take on a greater role than was first anticipated.