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Lt Col Charles Joseph Wilkie
1869 - 1916
|C. J. Wilkie P01|
Recently, Mr Alan Seymour came to the rescue. He introduced me to de Ruvigney's Roll of Honour [S3.11]memorial to Lt Col Wilkie. Mr Seymour then researched the 1881 Census return for Brighton to find a 12 year old Charles Wilke at school there.
He also mentioned
Ray Westlake's recent book; First World War Graves and Memorials
in Gwent; Vol 1; [S4.19].
This describes in detail, the St Basil's Church, Bassaleg, Gwent memorials.
They are dedicated to the fallen of both world wars but, in particular,
to the fallen of the 17th (Service) Battalion The Welsh Regiment, The
First Glamorgan Bantams. All of the fallen of the 17th Welsh are listed,
on brass tablets, adjacent to the stained glass window dedicated to Lt
Col Charles Joseph Wilkie. It is hoped that coloured images of these memorials
will be appear on site in due course. Comments and references, [
], are either by Mr Seymour or the writer.
Lt Col Wilkie's Service Record appears to have either disappeared from
or be unavailable at the Public Records Office, Kew, UK. However, thanks
to Mr Alan Seymour and more recently, Mr David Warren, a biography of
Lt Col Wilkie is now coming together.
of the de Ruvigny entry:
He married Dora, only child of the late Lewis George, of Derw-allt, near Newport, co Monmouth. [Derw-allt is in Rogerstone, Newport and is the next of kin address given in the CWGC Register - AS].
Charles Wilkie was educated in Brighton and at Owen's College. The 1881 LDS Census CD Rom shows that there was a boarder at a school, housed at 37 and 38 Montpelier Crescent aged 12 years and born in Australia. The surname given on the CD is Wilkes.
[The original handwritten entries may indicate an error of interpretation by the transcriber. For some reason, the writer has been unfortunate to encounter a number of these transcription "errors" in other family researches and whilst helping to enter transcriptions into the LDS 1881 census database].
He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, from the Militia, on 9th April 1892 and was promoted to Lieutenant on 18th July 1893. He became Capt on 23rd Oct 1899.
During 1897/98 the 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was stationed at Tirah on the North West Frontier of India and Lieut Wilkie served with the Tirah Expeditionary Force. He received a medal with two clasps.
At various times he was Commandant, Convalescent Depot, and of a Discharge Depot, also Station Staff Officer and acting Quartermaster of his battalion for two years; he was subsequently offered an appointment as A.D.C. by General Fitzgerald, on the Chitral Campaign, but his own Commanding Officer would not permit him to accept it, as he desired all his own officers to be with the battalion.
He was specially commended by the Commander-in-Chief for work in connection with N.C.O. instruction; was specially selected by his Commanding Officer for command of A Company, which was considered to be in an unsatisfactory condition of efficiency. This was over the heads of all the senior subalterns, and the following year 'A' company took first place in musketry.
In 1899 he was invalided with malaria and dysentery. As a consequence he was unable to pass the medical board on the mobilization of the 1st Battn., and was not allowed to go to South Africa. He was sent to Ireland in command of details, Limerick and Buttevant and placed in command of mixed troops at Buttevant in 1900 and was in command of the station for eight months. He organized the 6th Provisional Battn. (Regulars) at Fermoy in 1901; was appointed Battn. Adjutant with a staff of three assistant adjutants and 30 orderly clerks and assistants.
During the period 1899-1902 he personally trained over 5,000 young officers and recruits, despatching them as drafts directly to the front in South Africa. He was Brigade Major in the Cork district for the manoeuvres in 1901. The following year he was appointed Adjutant to the South Middlesex Volunteer Battn and to the 26th Middlesex (Cyclist) Battn. London.
He retired from the Army 8th May,1907 and joined the Reserve of Officers. He was appointed Brigade-Major The South Wales Infantry Brigade in 1908, and in 1909 took over the secretarial duties of the Glamorgan T.F. Association, during which time he represented Wales on most committees connected with the organization of the T.F. and National Reserves, including those of the W.O. and T.F. Council of Associations. He was also deputy for Wales on Lord Esher's Territorial Tournament Committee; took part in carrying out the mobilization in Aug. and Sept. 1914; was appointed Major 9th Battn. The Welsh Regt. 8th October 1914 and promoted Lieut.-Col. Commanding 17th Battn. on 26th Nov. He then served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from May [June 1916? GGD], and was killed in action 18th Oct.1916.
who served under him wrote;
Col. C. J. Wilkie (Commanding Officer) and Capt C. V. Lyne (acting Second in Command) were killed at about 3:45 p.m. by a High Explosive Shell at the junction of SOUTH STREET and ST JAMES STREET whilst on a tour of the trenches occupied by this unit as Support Battalion.
Gough returned from the 119th Brigade Headquarters to assume duties of
Casualties :- Killed :- Lt Col C. J. WILKIE
He became Lieutenant on 19th July 1893 and Captain on 23rd October 1899 following service in India also with the Oxford Light Infantry. To quote from the Hart's Army List of 1900, of which the following is a transcript of the title page - it was not possible to photocopy it;