George James Wilkins

Apr 4, 1886

Born in London, England to William Robert and Louisa Jane (nee Porter) Wilkins


Apr 14, 1908

Married to Mary Jane Wilson in Edinburgh, Scotland


Dec 30, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers pending transfer to the 39th Battalion CEF

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Feb 18, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion CEF in Peterborough, Ontario with the rank of Private

 Ø  Number 412541

Ø  Next of kin given as Mary Jane Wilkins, wife, 147 Lake Street, Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Steam Fitter

Ø  Previous military experience given as 7 years in the Seaforth Highlanders in Scotland

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   Later he is noted as “A” Company

The battalion trained in the Belleville, Ontario area



Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Montreal, Quebec


Jul 3, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe and then on to Lydd to continue training


Jul 10, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Sep 24, 1915

The 39th Battalion moved to West Sandling for further training


Dec 27, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis


Jan 3, 1916

Transferred to the West Cliffe Canadian Ear & Eye Hospital in Folkestone where surgery was performed to remove his tonsils


Feb 15, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Feb 18, 1916

Transferred to the Cherry Hinton Military Hospital in Cambridge and the diagnosis is changed to read VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Mar 25, 1916

Discharged to duty with the 39th Battalion


Apr 5, 1916

Reprimanded for disobedience of Battalion Orders


Apr 27, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Sergeant


Jun 28, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 2, 1916

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 21st Battalion in the Chippawa Camp, near La Clytte, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was tasked with capturing the strongly defended German headquarters in the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France.  The fighting was fierce and Private Wilkins was first reported missing, but his body was later recovered and buried in a field near the jumping off point east of Pozieres. 





When the war ended, his identifiable remains could not be located and his name is listed on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war in France and have no known grave



Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Mary J. Case, 868 Weston Road, Toronto, Ontario


Sep 28, 1922

His widow, Mary Jane, remarried to Daniel Alfred Case in Toronto, Ontario


George James Wilkins is honoured on the war memorial in Peterborough, Ontario



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