Arthur James John Wilkins

Date of birth:                1896Poppies
Place of birth:              Southampton
Date of marriage:       1917
Place of marriage:      Southampton
Service No.:                  29755
Rank:                               Private
Regiment / Division:   Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry)
Battalion:                       1st Battalion
Died:                                 15th April 1918 aged 21 years
Death Location:          Belgium


Life before the War

Arthur was born in Southampton in 1896. His father was Arthur John, who was born in 1872 West Pennard, Somerset and mother Frances nee Mitchell was born 1872 in Over Wallop, Hampshire, who married in 1895 Southampton. Arthur was an only child.

In the 1901 census, the family were living at 3A, Andover Road, Shirley, Southampton. His father was working as a Milk Carrier.

By the 1911 census, the family had moved to 117, Bevois Hill, Bevois Valley Road, Southampton. His father was working for an Ironmongers as a Carman. Arthur was an Errand Boy for a Stationers.

Arthur  married Daisy Winifred Ingram in 1917 and they had a daughter Joyce M born 1918, Southampton. At the time of Arthur’s death, Daisy was living at 26, Earl’s Road, Bevois Valley, Southampton.

War Service

Arthur served in the Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry), 1st Battalion, as a Private, service number 29755, he was formerly with the Hampshire Regiment, service number 243311. He enlisted in Southampton.pm2pm1

On the 15th April 1918, age 21, he was killed in action.  He is Remembered with Honour on the Ploegstreert Memorial, Belgium.

He was entitled to the Victory and General Service Medal.

Researched by Becky Lonergan – December 2013.

Matthew Philips  Arthurs Great Grandson has added this comment which we are extremely grateful for:”Arthur is my hero, my Great Grandfather to whom I owe everything. He worked for London & South West Railway and is honoured on a golden plaque at the main entrance of London Waterloo station. He had been a porter for the company. His daughter, Joyce is my Grandmother, who had never met him as he was serving away in France when she was born and died in action on 15th April 1918. We will never forget them for giving their today for our tomorrow.”

We would like to thank Matthew for contributing to Arthur’s story August 2014.

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