|Place of birth||Clemenston, Victoria|
|Address||37 Chaucer Street, Canterbury, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||22.6|
|Next of kin||Father, William Wilkin, 37 Chaucer Street, Canterbury, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served in the Volunteer Cadets for 5 years.|
|Place of enlistment||Broadmeadows, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||29th Battalion, D Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/46/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||29th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No 16), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Family/military connections||Cousin: 2572 Lance Sergeant Frank Allen DIXON, 59th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.
Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 25 April 1915 (pleurisy), and transferred same day to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to and rejoined unit, Ferry Post, 12 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.
Reported missing in action, 19-20 July 1916.
'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars afforded except that the soldier is deceased. To be reported as killed in action, 19 July 1916.'
Notation on file (p. 19): 'Buried in Fromells (sic) Sheet 36 N22 d & b'.
Statement on Red Cross File No 2940905 by  Corporal F.[rederick Joseph] WEBSTER: 'Informant states that all the above men [WILKIN E.F. 1314; WOODCOCK F.S. 1262; BATEY, L.R. 166; BRUNN M.L. 1470; FARLOW S. 80; GILL R. 2033; HIGGINS S.A. 2050; PERRY F. 320; WESTMORLAND H.J. 361] were in No. 3 platoon along with himself and his brother. He knew them by Regimental No. and name well, but could not describe each one individually. The nine above named men were killed on the afternoon of July 19th. or in the morning of July 20th. 1916 when the Battalion went into action at Fleux Bay (sic). All the above named were killed either by shellfire or Machine Gun, and were buried at the left hand of the sap which runs in to the back of Water Farm (Pozieres). This was a very large grave and contained about twenty or thirty bodies and is marked by one big cross. They were all buried by a fatigue party from D. Company and some of the bandsmen. Informant was met at the burial on the 22nd. July and saw the remains of the nine men named above, properly buried. Informant and his brother were the only two men left alive out of the Platoon, his brother was in charge at the time.' Added note: N.B. GILL died at C.C.S.'
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory MedalOriginally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
|Sources||NAA: B2455, WILKIN Ernest Frank
Red Cross file 2940905