Ernest Wilkinson was born in 1886 in Bradford the son of Edwin and Eliza, nee Jackson.In 1901 the family lived at 574 Wakefield Road, Bradford and Ernest, at 15 years of age, was working as a draper’s errand boy. By 1911 the family had moved to 41 Belgrave Place, Wibsey and Ernest was working as a labourer in a millinery warehouse. Eliza died in 1914 aged 59 years.When Ernest enlisted he was living at 2 Fagley Place, Undercliffe and employed in the drapery department at Lingards Store in Westgate. He married Clara Turner in 1917 and a son, Ronald, was born in the summer of 1918.Ernest enlisted on the 25th of October 1918 as Private 111135 in the 28th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry and died six weeks later in Colchester on the 7th December 1918. He was 32 years of age.His place of burial is not known and he left his effects to his widow Clara who received £2.10.5d on the 2nd of August 1919. A War Gratuity was not admissible due to under six months service.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks