1900 - Private George Wilkinson, Royal Welsh Fusiliers,was killed in action at Tygerfontein on this day.
....Private George Wilkinson . . . is a Swansea man, and lived with his mother at No. 9, Margaret-street, Port Tennant. It was the painful duty of one of our representatives on Friday morning to inform Mrs. Wilkinson of the sad affair, and he thought afterwards it was much easier to sing "Break the news to mother" than to do it. It happened, however, that some of the neighbours were in the house at the moment, and the news was communicated as gently as possible. Singular enough, they had been talking of "poor Georgie" a few minutes before, and had said how they expected him home shortly. Now it was immediately a house of intense grief and sorrow, and the mother and her two daughters were inconsolable. George was a fine-built young man of twenty years of age. The father died twelve months ago, and a mother and two brothers and three sisters are now to mourn a soldier son's loss. Young Wilkinson joined the Army three years ago, and in South Africa, he had the first experience of active service. He had been previously wounded during the engagements on the advance to Ladysmith. South Wales Daily Post, Friday 17th August 1900
5746 Private George Wilkinson 1st Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Also mentioned in dispatches.
Wilkinson G 5746 Private 1st Battalion
Demise: Killed in action 07 Aug 1900
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
Wilkinson G 5746 Private Killed in action. Tygerfontein, 7 August 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Wilkinson G 5746 Private MID LG: 10 September 1901, page: 5941. Source: Field Marshal Roberts. 4 September 1901. Re: General mentions
Wilkinson J 5746 Private 1st Btn. Wounded at Natal. 24 Feb 1900.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll
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