Edwin Wilkin was born on 9 April 1897 and attended Guisborough Grammar School between January 1910 and July 1912.
During World War I, Edwin served as a Rifleman in 21st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
On 1 July 1916, a major offensive was launched, a battle imprinted in history as the Battle of the Somme. At the end of September, Thiepval, one of the original objectives for 1 July, was finally captured.
The Thiepval Memorial, the memorial to the missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 Officers and Men who have no known grave. Rifleman Edwin Wilkin died on 17 September 1916, aged 19 and is one of the fallen commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.