Wilson-Barkworth, Kenneth Arthur


He was the son of Arthur Bromby Wilson-Barkworth Esq., LL.D. (E, 1868-1872) and his wife Emily, of Kirk Ella, Hull. Kenneth came to Winchester in the Spring of 1899 from St. Andrew’s School, Eastbourne. He left Winchester in the Summer of 1902 and continued his education at Jesus College, Cambridge.┬áKenneth then practised as a solicitor in Kingston-Upon-Hull, following his father into this profession. He rowed in his house IV at Winchester and played in the house cricket team. He continued to row at Cambridge – more details on his time at Jesus College can be found here https://www.jesus.cam.ac.uk/kenneth-arthur-wilson-barkworth

At the outbreak of war, Kenneth obtained a commission in the 4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment and served at the front for two and half years, winning the Military Cross in 1916. He was killed between Ypres and Poperinghe on October 26th 1917.

Kenneth is also commemorated on the war memorials at Jesus College, Cambridge, on the Kirk Ella war memorial and on his parents’ gravestone in Kirk Ella Cemetery.

Emily Wilson-Barkworth bequeathed half of the family’s estate to establish the Wilson-Barkworth Fund in memory of her son and husband. The Fund provides bursaries for the sons of evangelical Church of England clergy and surgeons to attend Winchester. It is still active and is a registered charity (number 529811) – any enquiries relating to the fund should be addressed to the clerk, Mr I R J Milne, Grays Solicitors, Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7DY.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Wilson-Barkworth
  • Forenames or initials: Kenneth Arthur
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1899-1902
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: East Yorkshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 13th February 1885
  • Date of Death: 26th October 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B3
  • Decoration: Military Cross, 1916
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on panels 47-48 of the Tyne Cott Memorial