Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 8th July 1916:
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 Jacob’s older brother, King William Wilkinson had served overseas in India and China, in 1904-1906.
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 He has no known grave and is commemorated on panels 4D-5B on Thiepval Memorial, France. He is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
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30/12/2015 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 Adair’s Mill, Greenvale, Cookstown with his father.
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30/12/2015 Private W J Black, writing to his mother at Tattykeel says :- ‘I 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.’
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30/12/2015 Mr Jacob Wilkinson, 9th Inniskillings, has been promoted to corporal.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 29 July 1916:
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30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
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30/12/2015 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.
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