Thankyou so much. Your efforts have pushed us into more activity to save the building . It is a beautiful memorial and a magical building. Look forward to hearing more from you on our radio programme The Jam on www.salfordcityradio.org which can be heard on sunday 28th November 6 p.m.
May I correct the details for the name Wilkinson listed on the St Ignatius memorial board and my thanks goes to all that are involved in the preservation of these forgotten memorials.
WILKINSON, GEORGE Initials: G Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Rifleman Regiment/Service: Rifle Brigade Unit Text: 3rd Bn. Age: 27 Date of Death: 25/08/1916 Service No: Z/2166 Additional information: Only son of John and Rose Ann Wilkinson, of 46, Manchester Street, Salford, Manchester. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 2. Row B. Grave 81. Cemetery: CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Additional: [Casualty-Active Service Form B.103] Rifleman Z/2166 Wilkinson G. Was seriously wounded by gunshot to the head on the 3rd May 1915 and transferred to England per SS St. Patrick, his wound was 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. During the attack on the village of Guillemont on the 21st August 1916 he suffered another wound and subsequently died of this wound on the 25th August 1916.
George Wilkinson was my great uncle, he was unmarried at the time of his death.
The Wilkinsons of 46 Manchester St Salford were members of St Ignatius, his sister (my grandmother) was married there to John William SADLER (Gunner 53052 RGA) June 13th 1916.
Yes! I have George Wilkinsons full service records which I hoped would answer what was the injury that resulted in his death which stated "Died of his wounds" but the records have left me with more questions than answers.
I visited the Library this evening (open late Wednesday nights). I looked from the date of death until the end of 1916 and could find no mention of George. I did notice that the newspaper dated 02/09/1916 had a half page ripped out on the page that printed the mens names/details, he may have been on that page. I had a word with the Librarian who informed me that the microfilms were made in the the 1970's and that the page would have been ripped prior to the film being produced, so no chance of finding a microfilm or original paper to check. I am sorry that this search has not borne fruit.
Thanks for trying, greatly appreciated and what a shame that the page is missing, it is something we came across in Ireland some years ago when researching my wifes family tree, many pages missing from parish records, some due to rodent attack, some to fading ink or water damage and some due to deliberate removal by people that have found entries of their name and taken the entire page, nothing but vandalism!.