Charles Ashton and British Silent Films

British Silent Film Star – Charles Ashton

Rex Wilson

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Director, Screenwriter

Died 1951.  Years active – 1910-1920: Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1916), Ora Pro Nobis (1917), Lead, Kindly Light (1918), Onward Christian Soldier (1918), The Man Who Won (1918), Mrs Thompson (1919), In bondage (1919), Pillars of Society (1920), Unmarried (1920), Tilly of Bloomsbury (1921), St Elmo (1923)

Films with Charles Ashton

Pillars of Society (1920)

Pillars of Society (1920) film cast in Norway


Written by anneramsden

April 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

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  1. Hi
    Is there any chance of getting the names of the people in this picture? I can recognise Charles Ashton, but I’m interested to know who is the girl on the far left and whether Rex Wilson is shown in this picture. Thank you.

    cheryl mcewan

    July 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm

  2. Cheryl, I wasn’t able to identify the people in this picture until you asked the question! If you check out the British Film Institute’s new website under ‘Explore Film’ and search for Pillars of Society, select the 1920 film version and a number of film stills appear for that film including another picture of the same group of people on the Norwegian mountains. I’ve included the web link for you The BFI’s picture has been labelled with the names of some of the group and the mystery girl is ‘Miss Wilson’. The picture also shows ‘Mrs Wilson’ who is the older lady at the front of the group. Rex Wilson was 47 years old when the film was made in 1920, so he could be one of the two men to the left of Charles Ashton. In the BFI’s picture one of the men is holding a cigar and stood next to Miss Wilson, so he could be Rex Wilson!
    To the right of the young girl is a young boy in a suit, he is Lovat Cave Chinn (Olaf). To the right of Charles Ashton is George Bishop (Shipwright); to his left is Pam Neville (Betty Bernick), Irene Rooke (Martha Bernick) and Lydia Hayward (Lona Hessel).


    August 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  3. thank you so much for that, I wouldn’t have found that by myself.. The Wilsons lived in Voltaire Road, London and my Mother was a lodger in their house after the war (WWII). She said the little girl was Dolly, who was Rex Wilson’s daughter. The little woman at the front of the group is Maude Wilson, his wife. You are correct about Rex, he’s the one with the cigar in the other picture. Her memory isn’t the best, so I was looking for some confirmation. Information about Rex Wilson is hard to find. Thanks again.

    cheryl mcewan

    August 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    • You are welcome. It is a pity there is so little information about Rex Wilson, but thanks to your mother we now know more about his family.


      August 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  4. I have recently come across a piece in the Biosope 5/3/1925 p53 Bankrupties for Rex Wilson.
    George Edward Wilson known as Rex Wilson, 25 Voltaire Road, Clapham, London. Film photographer, order of Adjudiction, January 29th.

    Janice Healey

    September 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    • That explains why Rex Wilson’s film career came to an abrupt end. Thanks Janice.


      September 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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