Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Arthur Campbell Wilkinson

In memory of
Private
Arthur Campbell Wilkinson
July 18, 1944
River Orne, France

Military Service:

Service Number:
C/97125
Age:
24
Force:
Army
Unit:
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
Division:
1st Bn.

Additional Information:

Born:
April 12, 1920 Ottawa, Ontario
Enlistment:
November 28, 1939 Ottawa, Ontario

Son of Curt Lorne and Alta Rockfeller Wilkinson (1975 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Ottawa, Ontario.

Brother of Dorothy, Richard and David.

Commemorated on Page 478 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY ; Calvados, France
Grave Reference:
XI. A. 9.
Location:
This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-sur-Laize is a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometres south of Caen. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the Cemetery. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3,000 allied forces casualties of the Second World War commemorated in this site.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Honour Roll – Glebe Collegiate Institute honour roll
  • Group Photo – Arthur and his mother Alta Wellington, 43 Strathcona, Ottawa before he went to war in 1939. He was killed in 1944 in Normandy. She was the Silver Cross mother in 1975.
  • Group Photo – Arthur Wilkinson, centre, on train leaving Isabella Street on December 8, 1939.
  • Newspaper Clipping – Mrs Alta Wilkinson Silver Cross Mother 1975. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – Mrs Alta Wilkinson Silver Cross Mother 1975. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – Mrs Alta Wilkinson Silver Cross Mother 1975. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker
  • Memorial – St Matthew's Anglican Church, Ottawa
  • Book – Ottawa to Caen; Letters from Arthur Campbell Wilkinson (Hardcover) edited by Alta R. Wilkinson, Tower Books 1947 
Mrs. Wilkinson's nineteen year old son Arthur Campbell Wilkinson was a member of the first Canadian contingent that sailed for England in 1939. He was killed at Caen, France in July 1944. During that four-and-a-half-year period he wrote scores of letters home. They are preserved in this volume, just as he wrote them, arranged by his mother. 124 pp. Ill.

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