John Henry "Harry" Wilkinson

Mar 26, 1887

Born in Fenelon Falls, Ontario to Edward and Mary Ann (nee Allen) Wilkinson


Mar 10, 1915

Married to Gladys Uretta Parker in Fenelon Falls, Ontario


Dec 11, 1915

Attested into the 109th Battalion CEF in Fenelon Falls, Ontario

Ø  Number 725535

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Gladys Wilkinson, wife, Fenelon Falls, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Salvation Army

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

In the spring of 1916, the 109th Battalion moved to Camp Borden near Barrie, Ontario for advanced training


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, near Longmoor, Hampshire


Aug 16, 1916

The battalion moved to Bramshott to continue training


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 917 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Wilkinson joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay, France


Dec 11, 1916

Proceeded on the Machine Gun Course


Dec 17, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from course


Apr 9, 1917

During the Canadian Corps attack on and capture of Vimy Ridge, Private Wilkinson received a bullet wound to his chest and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transferred to a casualty clearing station for treatment


Apr 16, 1917

Transferred to the No. 13, Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne and placed on the dangerously ill list


Apr 19, 1917

Private John Henry “Harry” Wilkinson died of his wounds at 11:15 pm and was buried in the nearby Boulogne Eastern Cemetery


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Gladys Wilkinson, 414½ George St., Peterborough, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Ann Wilkinson, at the same address


The Boulogne Cemetery as it appeared in 1918


Jul 31, 1923

His widow Gladys, was remarried to Bruce William Meeks in Springville, Ontario




Harry Wilkinson is honoured on the war memorial
in Fenelon Falls, Ontario (above) and on the war memorial
in Peterborough, Ontario (below)




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