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Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson

In memory of:

Lieutenant Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson

July 5, 1916

Military Service






The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


An extract from "The London Gazette," dated September 26, 1916, records the following:

For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack, when a party of another unit was retiring without their machine-gun, Lieut. Wilkinson rushed forward, and, with two of his men, got the gun into action, and held up the enemy till they were relieved. Later, when the advance was checked during a bombing attack, he forced his way forward and found four or five men of different units stopped by a solid block of earth, over which the enemy was throwing bombs. With great pluck and promptness he mounted a machine-gun on the top of the parapet and dispersed the enemy bombers. Subsequently he made two most gallant attempts to bring in a wounded man, but at the second attempt he was shot through the heart just before reaching the man. Throughout the day he set a magnificent example of courage and self-sacrifice.

Honours and Awards:

Victoria Cross

Additional Information


June 29, 1894
Lodge Farm, Dudmaston, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England

Son of Charles Orde Wilkinson and Edith Wilkinson, of Ardanoir, Foynes, County Limerick, Ireland.

Served with the 7th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Commemorated on Page 602 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson is a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Complete list of Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Burial Information


Somme, France

Grave Reference:

Pier and Face 11 A


The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson VC– .
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Daily Colonist of July 13, 1916. Image taken from web address of, Lieutenant Wilkinson's regimental number is 28804 during his service with the C.E.F.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Daily Colonist of August 17, 1916. Image taken from web address of
  • Memorial– Memorial plaque in front of the United Kingdom High Commission in Ottawa to commemorate Canadians who have been awarded the Victoria Cross.
  • Service Records– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Service Records (back)
  • Service Records (front)
  • Photo of Thomas Orde Wilkinson
  • Gravemarker
  • Memorial Panel– Photo Courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England
  • The Thiepval Memorial– Courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England.

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