Bilston, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Dudley, Ettingshall, Express & Star, France, Parkfield Road, Pump Street, Sidney Wilkinson, Stowheath Lane, Vale Street, Wesleyan Church Ettingshall, Worcestershire Regiment
The son of John Thomas and Eliza Wilkinson, Sidney was born in Wolverhampton in 1898. By 1911, he was living with grandmother, Mary, and brother, John, at 7 Pump Street, Ettingshall, Wolverhampton. The family attended the Wesleyan Church in Ettingshall.
On 21 May 1915, Sidney enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (number 22586). His address by this date was 21 Vale Street, Parkfield Road, Wolverhampton, and his trade was driller. During the course of his military service in France, he was wounded three times – in action on 3 February 1916, in action (at duty) on 24 April 1917, and he received a severe gun shot wound to his right angle on 14 April 1918. On 24 May 1917, his name was listed in the Express & Star as having been wounded, so presumably this relates to the April 1917 wounds. In June 1918, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was promoted to Corporal and then to Sergeant in October 1918. He was eventually discharged in March 1920.
He married Alice Sarah Homfray in Dudley in 1923, and the couple had two children – Alice (1925) and Dorothy (1929) – in Wolverhampton. Sidney died on 22 February 1938, by which date his address was 18 Stow Heath Lane, Bilston. The value of his effects was £198 9s. 7d.