Alfred Wilkins

Alfred was a brother to Victor Edwin Wilkins, whose story is above. He was born 18 July 1894, at Llandogo, not far from Penallt. He was the son of Henry and Louisa Wilkins. The 1891 census shows his family resided at No 14 Llandogo. The 1901 census shows them at 43 Penyvan Hill, Llandogo. By then his father had died and his mother was age 46. The 1911 Census shows George was still at home at The Bowery”, Tregagle Farm, aged 16, and working as a farm labourer.

Alfred George worked as a “Tinworker” prior to enlistment, and he was employed in the local tinworks in the Redbrook area. Alfred George joined The Royal Naval Regiment Reserve on 25 October 1915, and became Wales Z/2349 Able Seaman Alfred George Wilkins and was in place on 1st February 1916. He was listed as part of the compliment of Victory VI RND.

Alfred is recorded as being attached to the 5th Battalion from 12th November 1915, with pay number 1230. On the 30th December 1915, he was drafted from the 5th Battalion Depot (5.1230) to the 7th Reserve Battalion Blandford.

On the 1st February 1916, he was listed as part of the compliment of Victory IX RND and Rated as an “AB” (Able-bodied Seaman). On the 16th May 1916, he was transferred from 7th Reserve Battalion to 2nd Anson Battalion, (A/208).

On 31st July 1916, he was sent to 3rd Reserve battalion. He entrained at Blandford on the night of 24/25 Sept 1916, from 3rd Reserve Battalion for Anson Battalion for The British Expeditionary Force as a Lewis Gunner.

On 9th November 1916, he was ordered to the Entrenching Battalion. On 21st July 1917, the report was received from the base that Alfred had been killed in action on 11th July 1917, age 23.

His next of kin were informed that day. On the 23rd July 1917, he was placed on the R.N.D., “D.D” (Discharged Died) list No. 112.

Alfred was the fourth man from Penallt to be killed in action. His medal entitlement was the British War and Victory medal. He is buried at Naval Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle, France.

See also the description within In Memoriam