LEST WE FORGET

Second Lieutenant Charles Bliss WILKINSON

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: 1378 (Australian Army)
Born: Hunters Hill NSW, September 1890
Enlisted in the Army: 17 September 1914
Unit: 8th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, based at Vert Galand, France
Died: Air Operations, France, 28 March 1918, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Beauval Communal Cemetery, Somme, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles Smith Wilkinson and Eliza Jane Wilkinson, of Sydney, New South Wales
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 23 April 1917, Second Lieutenant Wilkinson resigned from the Australian Army and accepted a Commission in the British Army.

On 28 March 1918, Second Lieutenant Wilkinson (Observer) and Captain Ernest William Monk RFC (Pilot) flying in Armstrong Whitworth FK8 aircraft C3661 were shot down and killed during aerial combat while on an artillery patrol.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, WILKINSON CHARLES BLISS
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 129, 307539

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