Ellis Richard WILKINSON

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WILKINSON, Ellis Richard

Service Number: 409
Enlisted: 9 February 1916, Bendigo, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Home Town: Golden Square, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in action, France, 1 January 1917
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 409, 38th Infantry Battalion, Bendigo, Vic.
20 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 409, 38th Infantry Battalion
20 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 409, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
1 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 409, 38th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Privatw Wilkinson leaves a widow and daughter (17 months), residing at Mackenzie Street west, Golden Square.  The deceaseds soldier was 27 years of age and well known and popular in Golden Square, where he had lived for a number of years, and was an employee of Messrs. Foggitt, Jones and Co. when he enlisted.  He was born at Strathfieldsaye.

Bendigo Advertiser Wednesday 14 Febraury 1917 page 5

Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Pte 409 Ellis Richard Wilkinson was killed in action when the 3rd Division conducted several raids on the enemy trenches at Armentieres on 1 January 1917.

Source: 38th Battalion unit diary