Wilkinson, Henry Umfreville

He was the youngest son of the Reverend Henry Marlow Wilkinson, former Vicar of Milford-on-Sea, near Lymington, and of Florence Amy Wilkinson (daughter of John Kemp-Welch). His older brother, Lieutenant John Rothes Marlow Wilkinson (F1901-1905, Middlesex Regiment), was killed in action on August 23rd 1914 (see individual entry). In 1908 Wilkinson went up to Worcester College, Oxford, like his brother before him. He then became an Assistant District Commissioner in Mlanje, Nyasaland, and joined the King’s African Rifles in 1914.

He died suddenly of enteric fever (typhoid) at Mlanje in 1916, but is not listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commisssion, nor by the Wykehamist War Service Roll or Wykehamists Who Died in the War.

His name was later added to War Cloister, which lists him as a Private in the Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve. However, the notice placed by his mother in The Times refers to him only as an Assistant Resident (Civil Service). He died in the service of his country, but it seems unlikely that he should be viewed as one of the ‘war dead’.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Wilkinson
  • Forenames or initials: Henry Umfreville
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1904-1908
  • Rank: Private
  • Regiment: Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 14th May 1890
  • Date of Death: 17th March 1916
  • How Died: Died of Illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown