Second Lieutenant Edward William Wilkinson

11th Bn attached 9th Bn, The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 52nd Brigade, 17th Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: Christchurch,

Burial/Commemoration: Thiepval Memorial

Nature of Death: Killed in action on the Somme, 7/7/1916

Next of Kin: Husband of Mrs Wilkinson of 2 Frithville, Upper Chase Road, Great Malvern.

Previous Employment: PE instructor at the Priory School, Malvern

Berrow's Pictorial Supplement 1916

Edward Wilkinson lived with his wife and family at 2 Frithville, Upper Chase Road, before the war. A Boer War veteran, he was for sometime an instructor of PE at the Priory School and was an expert swimmer. On the outbreak of war he joined the Army Gymnastic Staff and subsequently gained a commission. He was home on leave a few weeks before his death.

Mrs Wilkinson received a letter from a brother officer: “As you will have no doubt heard by now, your husband I regret to say has been killed. It might be some slight consolation to know that it was instantaneous. He was killed like a soldier at the head of his men taking them into the attack on the 7th July. He was showing me a photo of yourself and his three little boys only two days before. His death was not altogether in vain – we had a tough job in front of us and he set a fine example to his men at a critical time.”

Malvern News 22/7/16
Photo: Berrows Journal Picture Supplement 29/7/1916

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