- Name: Alfred Robert WILKINSON
- D.O.B: 5th Dec, 1896
- D.O.A: 20th Oct, 1918
- D.O.D: 18th Oct, 1940
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 1/5th Battalion The Manchester Regiment, (TF), 127th Brigade, 42nd Division
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
Solesmes, France 20 October 1918
20 October 1918
The First World War 1918
To the north of Le Cateau-Cambrésis, where there had been VC Actions at Neuvilly on 12 October 1918 and at St-Python on 13 October (see above), Third Army crossed the River Selle on 20 October, striking north-east towards Le Quesnoy. Acting Sergeant J B Daykins, 2/4th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, distinguished himself in the capture of Solesmes on the Selle. 1/5th Battalion The Manchester Regiment was slightly to the south and during its attack on the hamlet of Marou, just east of Solesmes, Private A R Wilkinson showed great bravery in hand to hand fighting with German troops.
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 20th October, 1918, during the attack on Marou, when four runners in succession having been killed in an endeavour to deliver a message to the supporting company, Pte. Wilkinson volunteered for the duty. He succeeded in delivering the message, though the journey involved exposure to extremely heavy machinegun and shell fire for 600 yards. He showed magnificent courage and complete indifference to danger, thinking only of the needs of his company and entirely disregarding any consideration for personal safety. Throughout the remainder of the day Pte. Wilkinson continued to do splendid work.