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Date of Birth
Date of Death
5 Nov 1918
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Henry (Harry) William Wilkinson, 60108, 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on November 5th, 1918, while serving in a machine gun section. Born in Luton, he was aged 23 and single.
In a letter to widowed mother Ruth Wilkinson at 29 Butlin Road, Luton, an officer said: “I am writing to tell you how sorry I am that your son was killed in action on the 5th. He was buried by the padre just outside a little village with several others of the regiment.”
Harry Wilkinson had worked at the Mariner & Co brass foundry in Crawley Road, Luton, before joining the 1/5th Bedfordshire Regiment (4300) in September 1914. He served at Gallipoli, from where he was invalided home.
He later went to France, was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers and was wounded by shrapnel. He recovered and went back to the line.