Organisations/clubs: Chorister, St Luke’s, Eccleshill
Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill
Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers
Ernest Wilkinson was born in 1888 in Bradford the son of Sam, and Louisa nee Crowther.By 1901 Ernest, at 13 years of age, was working as a silk cotton warp dresser and the family were living in Hind Street, Wyke.On the 4th of June 1910, at Wyke Parish Church, Ernest married Bertha Haigh, 21 years of age who was living in Wyke and the daughter of Richard Haigh (deceased), a joiner. Ernest was 22 years of age and working as a cashier. They moved to live at 18 Fagley
Terrace and Ernest became a chorister at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill. Their son Eric was born in 1913.Ernest enlisted on the 1st of August 1916 as Private 22708 in the 18th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. During February 1917 the German army retreated to the Hindenburg Line and the front moved several miles beyond the Somme battlefields. The 18th Battalion was part of the operation
which moved forward on the 14th of March to pursue, an operation which lasted until the 15th of April. At some point Ernest was taken prisoner and he died as a prisoner of war on the 19th of April 1917. It is probable that he was either wounded during this operation and died from his wounds or his body was found by the Germans and given burial. He was 29 years of age.He is buried in the Grand-
Seraucourt British Cemetery which was made between 1920 to 1926 by the concentration of graves from the battlefields and from other burial grounds. Here are 32 United Kingdom graves buried by the enemy.Ernest left his effects to his widow Bertha who received £3.11.6d on the 30th July 1918 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 13th of January 1920.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks