Wilkinson, Frederick Hugh

The Right Rev. Frederick Hugh Wilkinson MM(3) ED MA BD DD LLD DCL was born on 18 November  1896 in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, son of Frederick Wilkinson and Jennie Jones Reid, both of Toronto Ontario. He was educated at Jarvis Collegiate, Toronto and at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto where he obtained his BA (1922) and his MA (1924).

In WWI, from 1916 to 1919 he served, in France with the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 4th Division. He was wounded on 27 September 1918 and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, on 3 different occasions. He also received the Efficiency Decoration (ED) from the Canadian Armed Forces.

After WWI, Right Rev. Wilkinson began a distinguished career in the Church of England. He received his Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree, in 1928, from the General Synod of the Church of England.

In 1955 he was appointed Bishop of Toronto.

He acted as Chaplain for several Canadian Regiments including The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada during at least the 1940s and likely the early 1950s.

In September 1923 he married Margaret Madeleine Harkness. They had two children; Peter Frederick Francis Wilkinson and Joan Madeleine Wilkinson.

He died on 17 Sep 1980.

Partial Service Record:

  • 1916 Feb 1 – Enlisted with Canadian Expeditionary Force with previous militia service with 2nd FCCE
  • 1916 Aug 11 – Taken on Strength with 4th Canadian Division Signallers
  • 1917 Aug 6 – Awarded Military Medal

  • 1918 Jun 5 – Appointed Lance Corporal with pay
  • 1918 Oct 5 – Wounded
  • 1918 Oct 14 – Wounded and transferred to CERD
  • 1919 June 23 – Awarded Bar to the Military Medal
  • 1919 July 29 – Awarded 2nd Bar to the Military Medal

  • 1919 Mar 27 – Discharged from CEF
  • 1944? – Chaplain of QOR
  • 1951 Mar 19 – Award Canadian Efficiency Decoration

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