Henry WILKINSON
Rank: Private
Number: 110274
Unit: 7th Battalion TANK CORPS
Date of Death: 14 April 1918
Age: 34
Cemetery: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Nothing is known of Henry's life except that he was married to Elizabeth who, after the War, was living at 39 Herbert Street, Edgeley. She may the Elizabeth Hayward who, in 1911, married a man called Henry Wilkinson at St Thomas' Church, Stockport.

When Henry joined the army at Stockport, he was assigned to the Royal Field Artillery and was given 214599 as his service number. It is not an early number suggesting that Henry was probably conscripted not too long before he was killed, possibly in the autumn of 1917. He only undertook his training with the Artillery and, before going overseas on active service, he was transferred to the Tank Corps.

Although Henry's date of death is officially recorded as the 14th, an examination of the Battalion's War Diary, written at the time, suggests it was the day before. The Germans had launched the second phase of their spring offensive on 9 April and, as the previous month, it had been overwhelmingly successful, driving the British back along a wide front. On the 12th, a significant part of the Battalion was ordered forward, without their tanks, to take up a defensive position, providing protective cover to the infantry with light Lewis machine guns. They were in position by 3am on the 13th between the Canal de la Lys and the River Noc. The Diary reports that they came under enemy shellfire and seven men were killed. Henry was almost certainly amongst them.

The next day, the Diary mentions no casualties.

   
           
   
     
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