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Name: John (Fat) WILKINSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: J Service No.: 20/488
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Stanhope, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 40
Unit: 20th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (1st Tyneside Scottish).
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 3 School Houses, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Stoneman at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 1st July 1916
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Greenside War Memorial, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 3
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 21st April 1917.
Family Details:
Son of John Fenwick Wilkinson and Isabel Wilkinson of Stanhope, Co Durham. Husband of Ellen Wilkinson of 37 Commercial Street, Willington, Co. Durham (formerly of 5 School Houses, Greenside). Two children. John's parents are buried in Ryton Holy Cross Churchyard, Ryton on Tyne, Co Durham.
Notes : John had started working at Emma Colliery on 22nd March 1914. He left to enlist in the colours on 2nd November 1914.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Emma Colliery Personnel Records at Durham County Records Office and Tyne and Wear Archives Service. Soldiers killed on the First Day of the Somme by Ernest W Bell (Privately published, Bolton, Lancashire, 1977).
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