Percy Wilkinson (c.1890-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

WILKINSON, PERCY. Lieutenant. 6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, attached 2/7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Was assistant master at the Neilds School, Slaithwaite. He was a member of the Slaithwaite Cricket Club, the Slaithwaite and District Golf Club and the Slaithwaite Y.M.C.A. Attended the Zion Baptist Church. Enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry as a Private in November, 1914. Was granted a commission in the Lancashire Fusiliers as a Second Lieutenant at Christmas, 1915, becoming a full Lieutenant in July 1917. He first embarked for France in July 1916. Married in 1917. His wife lived at 6 Brook Terrace, Slaithwaite. Killed in action, 4.12.1917, in the attack on La Vacquerie during the Battle of Cambrai. He was 27 years of age. Has no known grave. Commemorated CAMBRAI MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His wife received a letter from the Colonel of his Regiment, who wrote, 'The enemy made a determined attack on one trench about 2pm. That part of the line which was attacked was held by your husband's company. He organised a party to counter-attack and successfully led it, ejecting the enemy but whilst at the head of the party he was killed by bombs thrown by the enemy. Three bombs fell at his feet almost simultaneously and he appears to have been killed instantly. It was at the time impossible to recover his body and the following day the Regiment was relieved after a very hard fight over the same ground. I have hopes that we may be able to recover it for burial. The sympathy of the Regiment is with you in your great bereavement. Your husand was devoted to his men and beloved by them. He had only soldiered with me for a few weeks. I quickly picked him out for command of a Company and was never better served by any Company Commander. He was one of the best Officers I have ever served with - quiet, cool, brave and possessing my utmost confidence. His death is a great loss to the Regiment and to me a bitter blow. His gallantry during these recent operations was very fine.'
ROH:- Carr Lane United Methodist Church, Slaithwaite; St. James' Church, Slaithwaite; Slaithwaite War Memorial.