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Long Bennington, Lincolnshire
Alfred Henry Wilkins was born in 1882 the son of Henry an elementary school teacher and Julia Eliza Wilkins (née Holroyd) of 352 Alfreton Road, Radford. His father was born in 1859 at Radford, his mother Julia Eliza Holroyd in 1858 at Ilkeston. They were married in 1888 at Nottingham and had two further children, Charles Francis b.1892 and Phyllis Muriel b.1896 both born in Radford. In 1911, the family was living at 14 Forest Road East, Nottingham. Henry and Julia were elementary school teachers. They had a 24 year old servant Effie Seward. At the age of 32, Alfred Henry Wilkins left Liverpool on the Ulysses bound for Cape Town South Africa giving his occupation as metallurgist.
He was educated at High Pavement School.
01 Jul 1916
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Second Liutenant
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Alfred Henry Wilkins fought in the Boer War as trooper (390) in the Kimberley Light Horse. He was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps for the relief of Mafeking, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal He was discharged on 9th November 1900. At the outbreak of World War One he joined the Imperial Light Horse with the rank of Sergeant and fought during the German South West Africa Campaign. Returning to England he gained a commission on 9th October 1915 into the Sherwood Foresters. He took part on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme at Foncquevillers. Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A
Wilkins has been identified by Peter Foster in 'We Will Remember Them, the Fallen of High Pavement School, Nottingham.'
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