HARRY STANLEY WILKINSON

Born: 1919, Ipswich.

Died: 9th January 1943; age: 23.

Residence: Ipswich.

 

Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 905167.

Regiment: Royal Artillery, 67 Medium Regiment.

 

Grave Reference:

III.E.17.

Caserta War Cemetery,

Campania,

Italy.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Harry Stanley Wilkinson & Alice Wilkinson; husband of Violet K.F. Wilkinson, of Belstead, Suffolk.

 

Father: Harry Stanley Wilkinson, born September 1895, Ipswich – died 1943, Ipswich. An Engineering Drawing Photographer Copier.

Mother: Alice Gertrude Wilkinson (nee Woodley), born December 1889, St. Ives, Hampshire.

Family home – 271, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.

 

In 1939, Samford, Suffolk, Harry married Violet Kathleen Frances Tye, born 1920, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

They had 1 daughter.

 

In 2013, Harry’s name was added to the war memorial at the village of Belstead, Suffolk.

Note: Harry was likely to have been a POW captured from the fall of Tobruk. The cemetery was close to the POW Hospital at Caserta .

67th Medium Regiment, R.A. (T.A.)
HQ, 232nd (Suffolk) Bty: Ipswich
231st (Suffolk) Bty: Sudbury
67th Medium Regiment served under command of IV Corps Artillery in the autumn of 1940. It was sent to North Africa in October 1941 as part of the Crusader convoys. It served under 8th Army in the campaigns in the Western Desert from November 1941 until June 1942. It supported the South African attack on Bardia in December 1941. The regiment added (Suffolk) to its name on 17 February 1942. It was captured at Tobruk on 20 June 1942. Due to causalities the regiment was reduced to a cadre on 7 September 1942.
The regiment was reformed at Hunstanton, Norfolk on 7 February 1943 from 167th Field Regiment. It joined 3rd Army Group RA on its formation on 11 February 1943 at 49 Trant Road, Tunbridge Wells. It served in Northwest Europe with this formation from June 1944 until the end of the war.

 

 

 

 

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