PPCLI badge C Pro C shoulder patch. Queen's badge
LCol (retired) George (Wilky) Wilkinson - C Pro C
Honoured By The PPCLI Officers' Association

As a 17 year old George Wilkinson joined B Company PPCLI at Work Point Barracks on 16 Jul 1935. He went overseas with the battalion in 1939 as a Lance Corporal in Transport Platoon ofI-HQ Company.

In April 1940 he along with Pte D. Cessford spent four months manning Lewis guns in the anti-aircraft role on the Sheaf Water a collier operating in the North Sea hauling coal out of Newcastle. There German aircraft and submarines were constantly on the prowl. It was an exciting adventure and in that capacity, they had the distinction of being the first Patricia’s in action against the enemy in World War II.

George was promoted to corporal later in 1940 but like so many good soldiers found himself back in the rank of private! Unfortunately he was hospitalized for a significant time in 1941 which resulted being struck off strength of the battalion. On return to duty he passed through a reinforcement holding unit and was not returned to the PPCLI but sent to No, 2 Provost Company. He rose quickly through theranks and was selected for officer training and on promotion to lieutenant in Feb 1943 returned to No. 2 Provost Company. He landed in Normandy with No.9 Reinforcement battalion and served in No. 8 Canadian Provost Company of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division.

After repatriation he surrendered his wartime commission and enlisted in the Canadian Army as a Regimental Sergeant-Major in the Canadian Provost Corps. He was repatriated to Canada on 8 May 1945 - VE Day. He was re-commissioned as a lieutenant in 1950 and subsequently served in a variety of appointments in Canada, the UK, UNFICYP (Cyprus) and UNEF (Gaza) and retired from the Army in 1967 as a lieutenant-colonel.

George at 95 still golfs at Royal Colwood Golf Course, Victoria, shots are well below his age group and doesn’t ride a cart!

Web Master's Note:
The foregoing was published in the official Newsletter for the PPCLI Officer's Association, The Patrican and was submitted by LCol Wilkinson.

LCol Wilkinson shown receiving copy of a book on the history of the PPCLI - 2013.



Shown in the adjacent photo is MGen (retired) R.I. (Bob) Stewart, PPCLI, left, presenting Lieutenant Colonel (retired) George Wilkinson with a copy of a book of the PPCLI's history, The Patrices, A Century Of Service at the Regiment's Annual Officer's Luncheon in Victoria, BC on 25 Oct 2013.
Photo of LCol Wilkinson and his buddies in Alberta in 1936 .



In the photo on the left, taken in 1936 at the Sarcee Camp in Alberta are from left to right: Smokey Green, Pte George Wilkinson, Hugh Kelly and Aussie Newbury.