Army Chaplain Rev George Wilkinson

The latest Teesdale individual whose story the Bowes Museum World War One Commemoration Project is exploring is that of Army chaplain Rev. George Robert Wilkinson.

Having served as Vicar of Ingeton in the Diocese of Durham, Wilkinson applied for chaplaincy work in 1916.Despite being intriguingly described by his interview Taylor Smith as “White face-like Lady Blanche”, Wilkinson was passed medically fit.

It appears that Wilkinson was a well-educated clergyman, 40 years old and married with two children. Thanks to the research of Blake and Youngson, we learn that Wilkinson was fluent in French and could ride a horse. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, also the college in which John Bowes was educated.

As for his military service, Wilkinson become Temporary Chaplain for the Forces in Egypt.  He was an Army Chaplain 4th Class Lieutenant with the 4th DLI and his record card states that, having refused to stay in Egypt, he was then posted to Salonika in 1918.

After the war, Wilkinson returned to Ingleton and then left for Bamburgh in Northumberland, from 1925-1948. If anyone has any further information on Rev. Wilkinson, particularly his contribution to the war effort, we would love to hear from you. Perhaps there are some pictures, or accounts of his duties during the war which would build a picture of Rev. Wilkinson. If you are able to contribute to the World War One Commemoration Project, please contact: libraryand archives@thebowesmuseum.org.uk