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George A. Wilkinson Sgt. (1918)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart (email)
Date: 1/4/2008 at 21:17:20

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
November 13, 1918


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilkinson received a government dispatch this morning, announcing the death of their son, Sgt. George A. Wilkinson of Co. A. 168th Infantry, on Oct 15th, 1918 from a machine gun bullet in the heart.

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
November 27, 1918


George Arthur Wilkinson was born in Winterset, Iowa, Sept. 10, 1892 and died in France Oct. 15, 1918. He was killed in action by a machine gun bullet through the heart.

He united with the Church of Christ at the age of 12 years. He enlisted for service on the Mexican border June 1, 1916, but was rejected because of height; later, however, he was accepted in the commissary department and detailed as baker in the regular army and finally at his urgent request, was made a private, in which capacity he served until the end of the border trouble, returning with Co., A, in February, 1917.

When war was declared on Germany, he was one of the first to enlist for overseas service. He was on the ship which returned on account of boiler trouble, finally embarking in November, 1917, via Halifax, preceding the terrible explosion there only two days. He was promoted to sergeant in the spring of 1918 and expected to attend officers' training school in July or August, but was wounded about that time by a machine gun bullet in the left leg, and was taken to the hospital in Paris and later to southern France, where he was kept until complete recovery, Sept. 4th, when he again went into action with Co. A, so the news of his death came as an unusual shock, as the family supposed him to be in training.

He leaves to mourn his loss a father and mother, Henry A. and Minnie Wilkinson of Winterset; one brother, Clyde L. of East Peru and one sister, Mrs. Harry Balch of this city, besides a great number of other relatives and friends.

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