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Pilot Officer
Air Gnr.
Service No:
Date of Death:
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
37 Sqdn.
K C I E, C S I, C M G, D S O
Grave Reference:
Row 1. Grave 2.
Additional Information:
Son of the Revd. Canon James Maurice Wilson, D.D., M.A., and Georgina Mary Wilson; husband of Lady Wilson, of Saffron Walden, Essex. Formerly Lt.-Col., 32nd Sikh Pioneers. Awarded King's Medal and Sword of Honour, Sandhurst. M.P. Hitchin (Herts.) Division, 1933-1940.
Personal Story:

Arnold had a successful public service career during the First World War as British Civil Commissioner in Baghdad and as the colonial administrator of Mesopotamia.

In 1933 he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hitchin in Herefordshire. Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the RAF and served as an air gunner. On 31 May 1940 he became the third serving MP to die during the conflict when his Wellington Bomber crashed during the Battle of France.

He is buried in Eringhem Churchyard, France.

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