John Wilkinson, Private 26498, “A” Coy, 6th Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action 28th March 1918 in France, aged 23
Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Wilkinson, of 5 Lower Bank St, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
In 1911, John was employed as a quill winder; this entailed winding thread onto a quill (originally a goose quill but later a thin roll of paper or card was used) for use when weaving.
Private John Wilkinson enlisted with the Cheshire Regt in Macclesfield with service number 3090 and was later transferred to the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was reported missing and was later assumed to have been killed in action on or about 24 March 1918. His parents added his name to the Macclesfield Absent Voters List for 1918 and 1919.
Private John Wilkinson is commemorated on Panel Ref. 60 of the Pozieres Memorial, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Wilkinson, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.