Wilkinson, David Stanley

Wilkinson, David Stanley (David)

Lieutenant

56th Squadron Royal Flying Corps and General List

Died of wounds on 26 August 1917 (aged 29)

Buried:

Kortrijk (St Jan) Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, BelgiumĀ (Grave C. 44)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

BIOGRAPHY

David Stanley Wilkinson was born on 20 July 1888 in Strandtown, Belfast and he was the youngest son of John and Martha Wilkinson (nee Williams) who were married on 7 September 1875 in Belfast.

The Wilkinson family lived in Belfast, at 30 Lincoln Avenue; at 92 Fitzroy Avenue; in Strandtown and in Holywood Road.

John Wilkinson was a Company Director in Messrs Wilkinson and Turtle, Linen Collar and Cuff Manufacturers, 1 Alfred Street, Belfast and he and Martha had seven children:

Anabella Mary (born 26 July 1876 at 30 Lincoln Avenue, Belfast, died 2 February 1880)

William Frederick (born 25 January 1878 at 92 Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast)

Matilda Winifred (born 24 July 1880 in Strandtown, Belfast)

John Hiram (born 16 August 1882 in Strandtown, Belfast)

Robert Sydney (born 27 April 1884 in Strandtown, Belfast)

Richard Walter (born 4 February 1886 in Strandtown, Belfast)

David Stanley (born 20 July 1888 in Strandtown, Belfast)

David Stanley Wilkinson was a keen sailor and he was a member of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club (RNIYC) at Cultra.

On the outbreak of war, David returned from Canada and obtained a commission in the Cameron Highlanders.

David Wilkinson was badly wounded and, being unfit for service in the trenches, he applied for and obtained a transfer to the Royal Flying Corps.

Lieutenant David Stanley Wilkinson went to France in June 1917, was reported missing on 17 August and was 29 when he died of wounds in a German hospital on 26 August 1917.

Lieutenant David Stanley Wilkinson was buried in Kortrijk (St Jan) Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium and he is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM); in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance (Page 582) and on the Memorial Plaque in the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club at Cultra.