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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Joseph Sidney Wilkins -

Unknown person Name : Joseph Sidney Wilkins.

Son of Charles and Hannah Wilkins, of Portsmouth.

Born 1889 Portsmouth.

Sep 1908 : Appointed Assistant Postman at Portsmouth
Dec 1909 : Appointed Temporary Postman at Ventnor
[from Post Office Appointment Books]
  Census Information :

1891 : Charles and Hannah Wilkins, with their children including Joseph aged 1, are at 2, Railway View, Portsea, Portsmouth. Charles Wilkins is a House Carpenter

1901 : Hannah Wilkins, widow, with her children including Joseph aged 10, is at 48, Railway View, Portsea, Portsmouth.

1911 : Joseph Wilkins, aged 21, is a Boarder with the Smith family at 2 Park View Cottages, Ventnor. Joseph Wilkins is a Postman.

  Service details :

Lance Serjeant 3/5124 Joseph Sidney Wilkins, 14th Bn., Hampshire Regiment.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 31 July 1917 aged 27

Commemorated at : Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor Post Office War Memorial
Isle of Wight Football Association Roll of Honour (as J Wilkinson)

Portsmouth War Memorial

  Documents :


Friday, December 8, 1916 Page 1

Corporal Joseph Wilkins, of the Ventnor Postal Staff, has won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field.


Friday, August 17, 1917 Page 1

Pathetic interest attaches to the death of Sergt. J.W. Wilkins, formerly of the Ventnor Post Office Staff, who was killed in action in France recently. He was expected home on leave almost daily for his marriage with Miss Nellie J. Newnham, High Street, and arrangements for the wedding were well advanced. Sergt. Wilkins volunteered in the first months of the war. He was, we believe, the first of the Ventnor Post Office Staff to do so. Last year he won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field. The painful circumstances have aroused the deepest feelings of sympathy and condolence with those so directly concerned in Ventnor.


Friday, September 14, 1917 Page 2

Ventnor District Council.
Letters were read from Mrs. Feaver, Mr. P. Jenkins, Mrs. W. Nobbs, and Miss Nellie Newnham, thanking the Council for votes of condolence passed with their relatives at recent meetings.
(not all the report has been transcribed)

DCM Citation
  Further Information :

  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research

  Page status :
Page last updated : 22 February 2012


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