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Sir Leslie Wilson 

In office
10 December 1923 – 20 March 1926
Monarch King George V
Preceded by Sir George Lloyd
Succeeded by Sir Frederick Sykes

In office
13 June 1932 – 23 April 1946
Monarch King George V
King Edward VIII
King George VI
Preceded by Sir John Goodwin
Succeeded by Sir John Lavarack

Born 1 August 1876(1876-08-01)
London, England, UK
Died 29 September 1955 (aged 79)
Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK
Nationality United Kingdom British
Spouse(s) Winifred May Smith

Sir Leslie Orme Wilson GCMG, GCSI, GCIE, DSO, PC (1 August 1876 – 29 September 1955), was a British soldier, Conservative politician and Governor of Queensland.

Wilson was the son of Henry Wilson, a stockbroker, and his wife Ada Alexandrina (née Orme), and was educated at St Michael's School, Westgate, and St Paul's School, London. He was commissioned into the Royal Marine Light Infantry and served in the Second Boer War, where he was wounded, mentioned in despatches and awarded the Queen's Medal with five clasps and the Distinguished Service Order. In 1901 he achieved the rank of Captain. In January 1910, at the General Election, he unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative candidate for Poplar. In 1913 Wilson was returned to Parliament for Reading, a seat he held until 1922. During the First World War he commanded the Hawke Battalion of the Royal Naval Division with the rank of temporary Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Marines and fought at Gallipoli, where he was again mentioned in despatches, and in France, where he was severely wounded.

In 1919 Wilson was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Shipping in the coalition government headed by David Lloyd George, a position he held until the Ministry of Shipping was abolished in 1921, and then served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury from 1921 to 1922. He was also the Conservative Chief Whip. At the general election he abandoned his Reading constituency to contest the Westminster St. George's division, but was defeated by an Independent Conservative. However within a few weeks he was re-elected at a by-election at Portsmouth South. He was again Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury from 1922 to 1923 under Andrew Bonar Law and later Stanley Baldwin, and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1922. In July 1923 he resigned from this position and his seat in the House of Commons on his appointment as Governor of Bombay. Wilson remained in Bombay until 1928. In 1932 he was made Governor of Queensland, a post he held until 1946, one of the longest gubernatorial tenures in British history. He was appointed a CMG in 1916, a GCIE in 1923, a GCSI in 1929 and a GCMG in 1937.

Wilson married Winifred May, daughter of Charles Smith, of Sydney, Australia, in 1909. They had one son and one daughter. He died after a road accident in September 1955, aged 79.

Sir Leslie Wilson had 3 children, one son David was killed in North Africa in the war and he had a son Peter and a daughter Majorie who survived.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Rufus Isaacs
Member of Parliament for Reading
1913 – 1922
Succeeded by
Edward Cadogan
Preceded by
Herbert Cayzer
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South
1922 – 1923
Succeeded by
Herbert Cayzer
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Leo Chiozza Money
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Shipping
1919 – 1921
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Lord Edmund Talbot
Frederick Edward Guest
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
jointly with Charles McCurdy 1921 – 1922

1921 – 1923
Succeeded by
Bolton Eyres-Monsell
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir George Lloyd
Governor of Bombay
1923 – 1928
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Sykes
Preceded by
Sir John Goodwin
Governor of Queensland
1932 – 1946
Succeeded by
Sir John Lavarack


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