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The story of Able Seaman C/JX 243134 Charles Joseph Wilkinson onboard HMS Princess Beatrix with no leave for two years

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:46 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Attached is a transcription of part of a notebook kept during World War 2 by Able Seaman C/JX 243134 Charles Joseph Wilkinson. Joined up from 15 January 1941 to 27 March 1945 when transferred to Army, No 14973228 and served with the Lincolns until his final discharge on 23 July 1946. These notes were obviously written at the time and have been around for a number of years. As a result, they have suffered with some parts being difficult to read and some parts are now missing. For his service, Charlie received the 1939 - 1945 Medal, the Atlantic Star, the Africa Star, the North African Clasp, the Italy Star and the 1939 - 1945 Star.

In 2012, after further research, it became apparent that Charles was awarded a "Mentioned In Despatches" for which he received an Oak Leaf emblem.

Transcribed by Ian H Daniels - his son-in-law - in November 2006.


Item list and details

1. Picture of Charles Joseph Wilkinson. 2. Charle's medals including the 8th Army clasp and his Oak Leaves. 3. Internet image of HMS Princess Beatrix. 4. Notes that make up a part of the diary given in the main story. 5. Anniversary cards sent home. 6. Transcription of part of a notebook.

Person the story/items relate to

Charles Joseph Wilkinson

Person who shared the story/items

Saqndra Daniels

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor


Type of submission

Shared at West Meads Community Hall, West Sussex on 11 November 2023. The event was organised by Bognor Regis u3a.

Record ID

106117 | BOG041