King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Allkins, Wilfred Samson

Lance Corporal ▪ Plymouth Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry

Wilfred Samson Allkins, born on 2nd June 1890, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1905. Son of Samson and Maria Allkins of Gravelly Hill, Birmingham, his brothers Arthur and Archibald were also pupils. At School, Wilfred joined the Officer Training Corps. He and Arthur were prominent members of the shooting team, while all three brothers were enthusiastic gymnasts. Arthur survived the war and was awarded the Military Cross.

On leaving School, Wilfred began studying Engineering at Birmingham University.

Wilfred enlisted in the Plymouth Battalion of the Royal Marine Light Infantry (Royal Naval Division) on 28th September 1914. He was killed on 4th March 1915 in Gallipoli, aged twenty-four. He reached the rank of Lance Corporal and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey.