Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson VC

Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson (29/06/1894 – 05/07/1916) Was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at La Boiselle, France during the First World War.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 29765, Page: 9418, reads:

“Temp. Lt. Thomas Orda Lawder Wilkinson, late N. Lan. R.

For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack, when a party of another unit was retiring without their machine gun, Lieutenant Wilkinson rushed forward and, with two of his men, got the gun into action, and held up the enemy till they were relieved.

Later, when the advance was checked during a bombing attack, he forced his way forward and found four or five men of different units stopped by a solid block of earth, over which the enemy was throwing bombs.

With great pluck and promptness he mounted a machine gun on the top of the parapet and dispersed the enemy bombers. Subsequently he made two most gallant attempts to bring in a wounded man, but the second attempt he was shot through the heart just before reaching the man.

Throughout the day he set a magnificent example of courage and self-sacrifice. “

His body was not recovered and he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in the Somme in France, Pier 11, Face A.

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Image courtesy of Ralph McLean and the South African War Graves Project

© DRW 2017-2018. Created 01/03/2017. Commemoration Image courtesy of Mark Green,  Gallaher cigarette card first issued 1917, reproduced by Card Creations © 2003

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