Ernest Frank Wilkin

Ernest Wilkin finished his days in the Pheasant Wood Cemetary - as his remains were recently identified by DNA testing. See this link for more details

Ernest and his twin Harold John (actually called Jack) enlisted a month apart. Harold joined up on 8 July 1915, while Jack did so on 18th August. However, they were in the same unit and embarked together on board the HMAT A11 Ascanius from Melbourne on 10 November 1915, to fight together first at Gallipoli then at Fromelles.  

‘Informant states that all the above men (Wilkin, EF 1314; Woodock FS1262: Batey, LR 166; Brunn M L 1470; Farlow S. 80; Gill R 2033; Higgins SA 2050; Perry F 320; Westmorland H J 361) were in No 3 platoon along with himself and his brother. He knew them by Regimental No and name well, but could not describe each one individually. The nine above named men were killed on the afternoon of July 19th or in the morning of July 20th 1916 when the Battalion went into action at Fleux Bay (sic).

All the above named were killed either by shellfire or machine gun, and were buried at the left hand of the sap which runs in to the back of Water Farm (Pozières). This was a very large grave and contained about twenty or thirty bodies and is marked by one big cross. They were all buried by a fatigue party from D Company and some of the bandsmen. Informant was met at the burial on the 22nd July and saw the remains of the nine men named above, properly  79 buried. Informant and his brother were the only two men left alive out of the Platoon, his brother was in charge at the time.’

Birth: 1893 Clementson/Allendale Enlistment: 18 August 1915 Broadmeadows

Address at Enlistment: 37 Chaucer Street, Canterbury

Occupation at Enlistment: Farmer

Military Number: 1314 Joined: 29th Battalion, D Company

Rank: Private Age: 21 years old Height: 5’7” (170 cm)

Eyes and Hair: Blue eyes, light brown brown Next of Kin: Father, William Wilkin, above address Embarked: 10 November 1915 Death: 19 July 1916, Fleuxbaix

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