The 1901 census shows the family living in Queens Square, Chippenham.
Son of Mr. G. H. and Mrs. E. J. Wilkins, of Allington, Chippenham, Wilts.
26th September 1915. Killed in action in France. Pte REJ Wilkins, 2nd
Wilts. Eldest son of Mr and Mrs Wilkins of The Pitts, Allington,
Wilts Times 16 October 1915
Dear Mr Wilkins
I very much regret to inform you that No 18259 Pte RE Wilkins was killed
in action on September 25th during the great advance and whilst fighting
gallantly for his country. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
2nd Wilts Regt
Wilts Times 16 Oct 1915
Dear Mr and Mrs Wilkins
I am writing these few lines to break the news to you about poor Jack and
I am sorry to inform you that hje was killed in action on September 25th.
He was buried in the trench and also a lance corporal. Poor Jack is gone
but not forgotten. I was cut up when I knew it. I am sending your photo
back as that was all we found on him of any use to you. I can tell you it
was an awful sight to see after we attacked. I am sorry I could not let
you know before but I had not had much time for letter writing. I must
conclude now, hoping you will cheer up as much as you can. I will write
again in a day or two.
I remain your loving friend
Wilts Time 16 Oct 1915
In loving memory of Pte Richard Edward John Wilkins 2nd Wilts Regt who
was killed in action Sept 25th 1915.
In a far and distant battlefield, where the trees their branches bend,
Lies a loving son, one of the best that God could send;
Five years have passed. Oh! We miss him ne'er shall we forget that day
When the sad news came that we had lost him in a land so far away.
Fondly remembered by his loving Mother, Dad, Sister and Brother.
Wilts Times 25 September 1920