Major C A Wilkinson

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Shropshire Regimental Museum

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Other
  • Metal Brass
  • Other Fabric
Lettering: Painted
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: inside a small glass case attached to a wall are six medals, a plaque and information about the soldier. Edward Carter Preston won a competition to design a memorial plaque to be issued to the next of kin of all British and Empire personnel who were killed as a result of the war. Image of Britannia holding a trident and standing with a lion. In her outstretched left hand she holds an olive wreath above the rectangular tablet bearing the deceased's name. Below the tablet and to the right of the lion is an oak spray with acorns. Two dolphins swim around her, symbolising Britain's sea power and at the foot another lion is seen tearing apart a German eagle.
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Around the plaque "He died for freedom and honour" on the museum card "Major C A Wilkinson Wilkinson was commissioned into the 2nd KSLI in 1893. For some time he was/attached to the West African Frontier Force and served in Northern Nigeria in 1897/-98 and in 1900 (East and West Africa medal with 2 clasps); he then took part in the Ashanti campaign of 1900 and the relief of Kumasi (medal and clasp, despatches)/Rejoining the Battn, he served with the Mounted Infantry in the Boer War (medal and 5 clasps) On May 10th 1915, he joined the 2nd Battn, then in action on Frezenberg Ridge/near Ypres. Only two days later, on May 12th, he returned to his dugout to fetch/his holdall when a shell pierced the roof, instantly killing him, five other officers and four men. He lies buried nearby with these nine casualties/ “He would doubtless have risen to high rank had his life been spared”

C A Wilkinson

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