Town ringing to remember fallen serviceman

By Judith Phillips

A recent edition of the Teesdale Mercury included a letter asking for any members of the family of Private Stanley Wilkinson, who died in 1917, to get in touch with Helen Scott Tel: 01833 690169.

For more information, here is Helen Scott’s letter to the Teesdale Mercury:

‘Private Stanley Willis Wilkinson, Service No. 72226, was a member of the Sherwood Foresters, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment.

He was killed in action and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.  He was born in 1898 in Barnard Castle and his date of death was October 24, 1917.

Stanley was the son of Thomas (deceased) and Sarah Wilkinson of Portland Square, King Street, Barnard Castle.  He worked in Mr T W Bainbridge’s office for a short time prior to enlisting at the age of 18.  Stanley had been a bell ringer at St Mary’s Parish Church and had taught one of the Sunday school classes.  He had only been serving with the army for seven months when he died after having been hit by shrapnel.

The current bell ringers in Barnard Castle are planning to ring a quarter peal, lasting approximately 45 minutes, on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 24, 2017, to remember Private Wilkinson.

We would be very pleased to hear from any members of Private Wilkinson’s family and they can contact Helen Scott on 01833 690169.’

Private Wilkinson is recorded on the Roll of Honour on the project website www.thebowesmuseumww1.org.uk.  We would also be interested in any further information about him.