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Smurthwaite Wilkinson (1883-1917)

Hartlepool man served with 1st/8th DLI commemorated at Arras

Smurthwaite Wilkinson was born in 1883 in Hartlepool to Solomon (a coal dealer) and Elizabeth Wilkinson. He was the fifth of seven children and attended St Aidan’s Church of England Primary school in West Hartlepool. In 1891 the family were living at 4 Portland Street, Seaton Carew. In 1901 the family were living at 2A Hilda Street, West Hartlepool and Smurthwaite was working as a general labourer. He married Isabella Nolan in 1902 and in 1911 Smurthwaite, Isabella and 4 children were living at 35 Longmore Street, West Hartlepool. He enlisted at West Hartlepool, and was killed in action on 25 April 1917.

Civil Parish: West Hartlepool

Birth date: 15-Nov-1883

Death date: 25-Apr-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: 4 Portland Street, Seaton Carew (1888, 1891 census)
2A Hilda Street, West Hartlepool (1901 census)
35 Longmore Street, West Hartlepool (1911 census)

Education: St Aidan’s C of E School, West Hartlepool, admitted 6 August 1888

Religion: Church of England

Employment: General labourer (1901 census)
General labourer in brewery (1911 census)

Family: Father: Solomon Wilkinson (b 1850)
Mother: Elizabeth Wilkinson (b 1849)
Brothers: Henry (b 1870), Robert (b 1873), John Gilbert (b 1879), William (b 1888), Edward (b 1890)
Sisters: Jane (b 1876)
Wife: Isabella Nolan (b 1883), married 1902
Children: Albert (b 1904), Edith (b 1906), Earnest (b 1908), Arthur (b 1910)

Military service:

6044, 301708
1st/8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry

Medal(s): British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, France
St Aiden’s Church, West Hartlepool
Obelisk, Victory Square, Hartlepool

Gender: Male

Contributed by Harold P, Durham

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