I have just discovered that George died of wounds. There may be a report printed prior to the date of his death. A return visit to the library will be needed, I work during the week so can only visit on a Wednesday. Will report back next Wednesday.
Thanks, any additional info may be helpful, no urgency as I have been researching his army records for some time.
Knowing how the british army was fastidious in keeping records and having obtained George's army medical records there is a nagging question mark as follows:
George's service records [Casualty-Active Servce Form B.103] show he was seriously wounded on the 3rd May 1915 and transferred to England per SS St. Patrick, his wound/s were such that he did not return to his unit until exactly one year later when he was transferred to the front line on 3rd May 1916. His records do not show any date of being wounded from 3rd May 1916 until his death on the 25th Aug 1916 which clearly states he 'died of wounds'. The Medical History sheet also clearly shows that George suffered only one wound being a gunshot wound to head on the 5th May 1915. This prompts me to believe that George died as the result of his earlier wound/s of 1915 but supposition on my part.
A picture of George taken in France and after his return to duty shows he had a large scar just slightly above the right eyebrow and near to the bridge of his nose, this scar, according to his sister (my grandmother) was what she belived to be the wound from the gunshot received in 1915 as she knew he had no such scar prior to his army service.
His mother visited his grave in 1922/3 sponsored by the salvation army, and last year my cousin from Urmston was able to visit his grave at Corbie on my request.
Do you have this document in the records you have? It states that George was "wounded in action - in the field - 21/08/1916 - *cannot read*"
"died of wounds - " " " - 25/08/1916 - buried"
Hope this helps.
Many many thanks for clearing up the mystery.
Yes I do have the record but what was sent to me in 2005 had been over exposed and I could not see anything after the typed lines "Transfered to Front" 3/5/16.
I just knew there had to be more if he had been wounded just prior to his death and not being able to see it on my copy I had to assume he died from his 1915 wound, so this is good to have it cleared up and again my sincere thanks.
Picture of Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension. I will try and get a pic of grave if you like.
Thanks kindly for the offer of a picture of George Wilkinsons grave, but I do have a picture that was taken by my cousin last year when he made a visit to Corbie while driving from his home in Urmston to visit his brother in Switzerland.
I left Salford almost 60 years ago and no doubt many changes have occurred since but it is quite obvious that the spirit of help from fellow Salfordians is still alive and well.
Thomas Dutton - Corporal - 30465 The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1st/4th Battalion, originally joined the Manchester Regiment as a private, 10633. Killed in Action 02/06/1918 aged 25. Commemorated at Houchin British Cemetery I. A. 24. Son of Frederick and Rebecca Dutton, 18 Amy St, Regent Road, Salford.
Name: RIDDELL Initials: H Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers Unit Text: 15th Bn. Age: 17 Date of Death: 01/07/1916 Service No: 11129 Additional information: Son of William Joseph and Martha Riddell, of 33, Phaebe St., Salford, Manchester. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: III. G. 9. Cemetery: CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL