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13585   Corporal Jacob Wilkinson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/05/1885
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 31
Summary      
Jacob Wilkinson was born on 25th May 1885, and was the eighth child of Henry and Isabella Wilkinson (nee Black), 1 Blackhill, Cookstown. The family had moved from Killycurragh, to the Blackhill, where Jacob worked at Adairís Mill, Greenvale, Cookstown with his father.
Corporal Jacob Wilkinson
Further Information
Jacob Wilkinson was born on 25th May 1885, and was the eighth child of Henry and Isabella Wilkinson (nee Black), 1 Blackhill, Cookstown. The family had moved from Killycurragh, to the Blackhill, where Jacob worked at Adairís Mill, Greenvale, Cookstown with his father.
Greenvale Mill, Cookstown
Jacob was a close friend to John McCaffrey (killed in action on 16th November 1914) who he lived next door to, and played football with for the local Greenvale Swifts and often referred to John in his correspondence.
Jacobís older brother, King William Wilkinson had served overseas in India and China, in 1904-1906.
Jacob enlisted with the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Finner Camp, Ballyshannon, County Donegal, and trained at Randalstown before moving out with the 36th (Ulster) Division to Seaford, England and then to France. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal shortly before the Somme Offensive.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 8th July 1916:
Newspaper Report
Mr Jacob Wilkinson, 9th Inniskillings, has been promoted to corporal.
Henry Wilkinson received a postcard from Jacob on 16th July 1916, stating that he was quite well. It appears that the postcard was not sent on until after that fateful morning, 1st July 1916 when Jacob was killed in action on the first day of the Somme offensive.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 29 July 1916:
Newspaper Report
Mr Henry Wilkinson, Blackhill, Cookstown, whose son Jacob had been reported missing, has received a postcard from the front, dated 16th July 1916, stating he was quite well.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
Newspaper Report
Private W J Black, writing to his mother at Tattykeel says :- ĎI am sorry to have to say I have got no word about Isaac Black (Sandholes) or Jacob Wilkinson as yet, but I am living in hopes for the best.í
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
Corporal Jacob Wilkinson, whose mother resides at Blackhill, Cookstown, is officially reported missing since 1st July. He joined the Ulster Division on its formation, prior to which he had been an employee of Messrs. Adair, Cookstown.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on panels 4D-5B on Thiepval Memorial, France. He is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Blackhill, Cookstown Cookstown South Census listing in Blackhill, Cookstown 54.634006 -6.758839
2 Greenvale Mill Cookstown South Worked at Greenvale Mill 54.634391 -6.756779
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1 1901 Census lists Wilkinson family 1901 census lists Jacob as age 15 at house 19 in Blackhill or Derryloran, Tullaghoge
2 1911 Census lists Wilkinson family 1911 census lists Jacob as age '21' at house 21 in Derryloran Town, Tullaghoge
3 John McCaffrey Close friend of Jacob Wilkinson
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