David Harold Wilkinson (1889–1972)

Sergeant

Royal Army Medical Corps 52958  

Photos courtsy Irene Wilkinson

David Wilkinson

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Irene Wilkinson

David was born in 1889 at Crich, and worked as a chemist. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and entered France in April 1915. He served on His Majesty's Hospital Ship "Cambria". The dates of his service are unknown, but (according to the war diaries) HS Cambria was sailing continually between Boulogne or Calais and British ports, bringing back wounded soldiers for treatment in England.

He married Dorothy Murfin in Nottingham in 1926. They lived in Chapel Street, Ripley, working in the family herbalist shop, D. Wilkinson and Sons. Later they owned and ran the garage on Derby Road which subsequently became the Ripley Co-op’s garage.

David was the son of David and Mary Wilkinson, both of Crich (there were four other children, three boys and a girl). The census is misleading – Henry Wilkinson was Mary's second husband, and the brother of her first husband – therefore the children's stepfather (and uncle). Mary and Henry married in 1894 and had a son of their own, William Percy. They lived at Crich Carr, close to the Methodist Chapel before moving to Ripley.

David was born in 1889, (the Crich Parish Records show David Harold Wilkinson baptised 13 May 1894 to Mary Wilkinson); he married Dorothy Murfin in Nottingham in 1926, and they had a daughter, Muriel. After the war he lived in Ripley, probably working in the family herbalist shop, D Wilkinson and sons, in Chapel Street, but later owning and running the garage on Derby Road which subsequently became the Ripley Co-op's garage.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals .
He entered France 04/04/15
Recorded as Harold D. Wilkinson acting Sergeant RAMC 52958

1939 Register: Chapel Street, Ripley
David H Wilkinson b.24 December 1889; medical herbalist; Observer Corp
Dorothy Wilkinson b.15 January 1901

David H Wilkinson married Dorothy Murfin in Nottingham in 1926

CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Crich Car

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Henry Wilkinson Head 54 Herbalist Crich
Mary Wilkinson wife 48   Coddington
Albert E Wilkinson son 26 Stone mason Crich
Daniel B Wilkinson son 22 Stone mason Crich
Anne E Wilkinson daughter 18