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Born: 1895, Bintree, Norfolk
Died: 10 April 1915, Military Hospital, South Shields
Buried: St Luke’s, Eccleshill
Address: 10 Fagley Place, Fagley
Parents: Frederick Henry & Mary Ann, nee Savory
Siblings: Minerva
Occupation: Letterpress printer, Paul & Russell, Bradford
Organisations/clubs: Eccleshill Church Institute; Airedale Harriers
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
Frederick Francis Wilkinson
Frederick Francis Wilkinson was born in 1895 in Bintree, Norfolk, the son of Frederick Henry and Mary Ann, nee Savory. By 1901 the family had moved to 16 Crampton Street, Little Horton and in 1911 they were living at 10 Fagley Place, Fagley. Frederick Francis, at 15 years of age, was a letterpress printer. Frederick Francis enlisted on the 11th of March 1915 as Private 18343 in the 3rd Special Reserve Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. This Battalion was a training unit, remaining in the United Kingdom throughout the War and it moved to
East Boldon in August 1914. Scott House Camp was the base of the 3rd Reserve Battalion and Frederick was in training at West Boldon where he was billeted. On the 10th of April 1915 one month after enlistment Frederick died in the Military Hospital in South Shields. The report in the Shipley Times & Express on 23 April, 1915 read: “There is something rather poignant than a young man signing
up, willing to risk his life for King and country, and then dying with something as mundane as food poisoning before he ever got near the war. “That was the fate of 19-year-old Frederick Wilkinson of 10 Fagley Place, Eccleshill. “He’d only been billeted with the Northumberland Fusiliers at West Boldon for a month when he died in a South Shields hospital from ptomaine poisoning after eating tinned tomatoes.
“Before enlisting he had been an apprentice printer, a member of Eccleshill Church Institute and keen member of Airedale Harriers who had presented him with a medal for winning a six-mile race.” On the 15th of April Frederick was buried in St Luke’s Churchyard. He left his effects to his father Frederick Henry who received £3.1.11d on the 23rd of July 1915. Because Frederick had less than six months service the War Gratuity was not administered.
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Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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