Thomas Wilkinson

Thomas Wilkinson VC Lt Thomas Wilkinson VC

Lt Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson, 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancs Regt killed at La Boiselle on the Somme, July 5th 1916.

A Shropshire man who emigrated to British Columbia, Canada, Wilkinson returned to Britain to join up. His unit saw action at La Boiselle where he was killed. For his actions he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

His citation in the London Gazette read: " For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack, when a party of another unit was retiring without their machine gun, Lieutenent Wilkinson rushed forward and with two of his men got the gun into action, and held up the enemy till they were relieved. Later, when the advance was checked during a bombing attack he forced his way forward and found four or five men of different units stopped by a solid block of earth over which the enemy was throwing bombs. With great pluck and promptness he mounted a machine gun on the top of the parapet and dispersed the enemy bombers. Subsequently he made two most gallant attempts to bring in a wounded man but in the second attempt he was shot through the heart just before reaching the man. Throughout the day he set a magnificent example of courage and self sacrifice"