Bolton Borough Coat of Arms from original Oxford Grove Council School Oxford Grove Council School, Bolton, Roll of Honour 1914-1919


Position on Roll


Service Number


Place of birth

Date of birth


Place of death

Date of death

Age at death

Where buried

John WilkinsonWilkinson, John




1st/5th Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Bolton, Lancashire


October 1915


15 July 1915


Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France


Private Dies from Wounds

Another member of the 1-5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment , Pte. (2659) John Wilkinson, has died from wounds received in action. Pte. Wilkinson, who lived with his parents at 37, Third-avenue, Ferns Park, was 22 years of age, and was employed by Counc. Harding, pawnbroker, Deane-rd., prior to enlisting in October. He was connected with St. Luke’s Church, and was at one time a chorister there. The sad intelligence was conveyed in a letter to Canon Chapman from the Sister-in-charge of No. 2 Clearing Station, where he was admitted on July 14th. She says his left leg had been shattered and the surgeon deemed an immediate amputation necessary. Wilkinson, however, never rallied and died on the 15th. He was wounded whist forming one of a digging party. One of his pals writes to say that they heard the shell coming, and fell on the ground, but it burst in the midst of them. A pathetic incident is that this morning a card was received from his brother, who is in the same battalion, stating that deceased was progressing favourably. In one of his most recent letters home, Pte. Wilkinson said “You must not expect us for some time yet. Our leave will come eventually, but not as soon as I expected.” In all his communications he appeared to be quite cheerful. His brother George, who enlisted in the first week after the outbreak of war, is in the machine gun section.

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