Tom served in the 9th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) when at 05:00hrs on 4th November 1918 launched an attack against the German trenches. The attack is recorded in the Battalion war diary as highly successful with all objectives captured by 07:30 along with 150 prisoners taken and several machine guns and trench mortars.
The diary also states that the Battalion though was unlucky in losing 13 Officer Casualties (5 killed 8 wounded), they also suffered Other Rank casualties of 56 killed and 173 wounded. Tom was one of those killed on 4th November 1918, with his date of death he is the last known Queensbury village casualty to die in action.
Tom is now buried in ROMERIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, (VII. B. 1.) having originally been buried at GRAND GAY FARM CEMETERY, where 37 soldiers from the United Kingdom had been buried including 24 of whom belonged to the 9th Duke of Wellington’s. His grave reads: “Rest in the Lord”.
The CWGC show Tom as the Son of Harry and Elizabeth R. Wilkinson, of 5, Deanstone Lane, Queensbury. It is known that the family had previously lived on Ford Hill, as this address is shown on records for their son Harold who had been killed on 25 January 1917.
The Wilkinson’s were a large family, having nine children. On the 1911 census they were living at Gladstone St Bradford. Tom then aged 12 was at school part time and a grocer’s assistant.