DOB: 11 June 1885
Died: 6 February 1965
Victorian state player - 1913
Games: 71 (75 total)
A small but flashy rover, Tomkins had been rejected by Fitzroy after four senior games for being too small. Crossing to Melbourne he played one season before leaving for Preston in the VFA.
He returned to the VFL in 1910 and by 1912 was being hailed as one of the best rovers in the competition. He only missed Victorian state selection that year because he was unable to make the game due to business commitments. He instead played in a game representing the league against a side from Ballarat.
He stayed with the Redlegs until the end of 1913, a year he won a newspaper award for Player of the Year. Transferred west by his employer Tomkins joined East Perth for 1914 and played five times for Western Australia that season. In 1915 he coached the Royals for part of the year.
Enlisted in the Army in August 1915 and served in France during World War I. Tomkins was injured and received five wounds on the ankle, five in the abdomen, two on his right arm and a piece of shrapnel in the left. He had eight operations and lost his leg as a result of the injuries. He was unable to return to Australia for six months afterwards.