John Wilkinson

Oct 23, 1895

Born in Glasgow, Scotland


Sep 4, 1914

Enlisted in the PWOR (Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles)

Ø  Number 2063

Ø  Posted to “H” Company

The Kingston City Directory lists him living at 443 Alfred Street


Dec 22, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 60064 (temporary number 1284)

Ø  Next of kin given as Miss Grace Wilkinson, sister, Glasgow, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 4 months in the PWOR

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 11, 1916

While the battalion was in the reserve trench near Scottish Wood, Belgium, Private John Wilkinson was sent out on a work party on the night of May 11-12.  He received a shrapnel wound to his neck from an artillery shell and died.  He was buried in the nearby Ridgewood Military Cemetery, Dickebusch, Belgium


Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his sister, Miss Barbara Wilkinson, 29 St. Andrews Square, Glasgow, Scotland

There was no Memorial Cross issued





John Wilkinson is honoured on the memorial wall in Kingston, Ontario (above)
and on a plaque in Kingston’s City Hall (below)




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