2nd Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Service number; R/34448.
Died on June 7th 11918
Aged 36 years.
Cambrin Military Cemetery
Pas de Calais,
RIFLEMAN WILLIAM EBDEN WILKINSON.
Died June 7th, 1918, aged 36 years.
Son of Caroline Wilkinson, of Allotment Lane, Castor, Peterborough, Northants, and son of the late William Wilkinson. Brother to Len, Charlotte, Mary and Edith.
Report copied from The Peterborough Advertiser, dated June 22nd 1918.
RIFLEMAN WILLIAM EBDEN WILKINSON, King’s Royal Rifles, second son of Mrs. Wilkinson, and the late Mr. W. Wilkinson, of Castor, was killed in action in France on June 7th. Writing to Mrs. Wilkinson, an officer and an N. C. O. both express sorrow and sympathy at the death of a good comrade and friend. Rifleman Wilkinson had been on active service in France nearly two years. About 12 months ago he was wounded at Ypres, and he went out again last December. For several years he was a forester on the Fitzwilliam estate, and was also a member of the Castor Church choir and the Brass Band. After leaving the Milton Estate he was appointed second forester to Lord Lansdowne at Bowood House, Wiltshire, from which place he joined the Army. At the morning service on Sunday, Canon Hulbert made a sympathetic reference, saying what a good son, brother, comrade and Churchman Rifleman Wilkinson had been. At the evening service deceased’s favourite hymn “Art thou weary, art thou languid?” was sung. Mrs. Wilkinson and the Misses Charlotte, Mary and Edith Wilkinson (mother and sisters) were present.
Report copied from The Peterborough Standard, dated June 22nd 1918.
Rifleman William Ebden Wilkinson, King’s Royal Rifles, son of Mrs. Wilkinson, Allotment Lane, Castor, has been killed in action. He joined up in the first year of the war, when he was employed by Lord Lansdowne as forester at Bowood, near Calne, Wiltshire. He was wounded at Ypres in June 1916. He was also in the Battle of the Dunes, when he had to swim the river to save himself. He was killed by a shell, which fell at his feet, whilst standing at the door of his dug-out on June 7th, and was buried the following day. He was 36 years of age.
There is a memorial stone in Castor churchyard with the following inscription:
In loving memory
William Ebden Wilkinson.
Who was killed in action at Cambrin
June 7th 1918.
Aged 36 years.
Gone but not forgotten.