Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Thiepval Monument
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Arnold Wilkinson was born in 1894 in Bradford, the son of Edwin and Eliza, nee Jackson.By 1911 the family had moved from Wakefield Road, Bradford to 41 Belgrave Place, Wibsey and at 17 years of age Arnold was working as a drapery warehouse man. Eliza died in 1914 aged 59 years.When Arnold enlisted he was living at 2 Fagley Place, Undercliffe and employed in the drapery department at Lingards Store in Westgate Bradford.
Arnold enlisted on the 27th of May 1915 as Private 18/1455 in the 12th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). His Battalion took part in the Somme offensive which began on the 1st July 1916 and is known as the Battle of Albert. By the 13th of July the British advance had taken it to a point where it was now facing the second German defensive system. A well planned night attack on the 14th of July took British troops
through that system in the area of Bazentin Ridge but Arnold was killed in action on that date. He was 22 years of age.He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial which records the names of men who fell on the Somme Battlefields but who have no known grave. Arnold left his effects to his father Edwin who received £3.2.6d on the 1st of February 1917 and a War Gratuity of £4.0.0d on the 8th of October 1919
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks