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Remembered Today:

AE Wilkin, killed August 16, 1915 at Suvla


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Sorry if this man has been covered before, can't find him on a quick forum search. AE Wilkin is said to have bowled back several bombs into the Turkish trenches they came from at Suvla, before being killed by a bomb that exploded as he caught it. He's mentioned in The Pals at Suvla Bay, but there are no biographical details. He's described as English in some versions of the story - but who was he and what was his story?

Incidentally, there's an AE Wilkin here in the 1901 census, in Rathmines, Dublin, living with his uncle:


and in 1911, boarding in Clontarf (looks like the same person from his occupation):


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12852 Corporal Albert Edward Wilkin of the 7 Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers landed at Gallipoli on 9 August 1915 and was killed a week later.

Born and enlisted in Dublin.

If you Google " wilkin threw Turkish bombs back at them" you will get,among other things,an excerpt from a book on the incident.

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