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Private George Nicholas Wilkinson

Lancaster soldier killed by a snake.

Private George Nicholas Wilkinson, number 202904 served with the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in the First World War, until he was killed by a snake and died on 29th April 1918. 

Wilkinson served with the 5th Battalion of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment and was renumbered to 202904 in early 1917.  The Medal Rolls show that he was awarded only the British War Medal and he was with the 4th Battalion of the King's Own, so this suggests he was drafted overseas from the 4th Reserve Battalion and he went to somewhere like India where he was not entitled to the Allied Victory Medal.  At the time of his death he was recorded as being with the 6th Battalion of the King's Own.  He was born and enlisted in Lancaster.  He is buried in Bangalore (Hosur Road) Cemetery.

A specific guide was produced in 1917 in connection with Indian Snakes.

 

 

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