(William) Sydney Wilkins

Memorial: Kingswood - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Private

Parents: William and Florence M Wilkins

Home address: Kingswood, Bristol

Date of birth: 1922

Date of death: 07/06/1944

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Escoville Churchyard, Calvados, France, Kingswood Memorial and Kingswood Methodist Memorial

Age: 22

Further information:

2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry.

The 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, William’s battalion, took part in the North West Europe Campaign. It helped to form the experienced nucleus of the 6th Airlanding Brigade, part of the 6th Airborne Division that had been newly raised to take part in the invasion of Normandy.

William landed in France at 21.00 hours on D-Day, the 6th June, to the West of the River Orne in a Horsa glider. His battalion was tasked with capturing the villages of Herouvillette and Escoville. The first was taken without a struggle, but increasingly tough resistance was met near Escoville and the Battalion, when it arrived at 15:00 on the following day, was heavily shelled. William died during this action.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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