Harry John Robert Wilde


Harry’s father, Walter Wilde, was born 9 February 1855 in Birmingham. His mother, Mary Ann Sharrott was born Welwick, East Yorkshire, approximately 1852 to 1853. They married on 20 December 1879 at St Martin’s church, Birmingham.

In the 1891 census the family was lodging with Sarah Ramsbottom at 46 Clifton St, Stretford. Walter was a copper plate engraver, aged 36. Mary was 38 and they had 2 children, Walter Jnr aged 10 and Harry J R aged 9, scholars.

In the 1901 census they were living at 77 Broughton Lane, Lower Broughton, Salford. Walter Jnr was a commercial clerk and Harry a shipping warehouseman.

Walter Snr died in 1901. In the 1911 census Mary was back in Hull using her maiden name, living with 2 lodgers. We have no record of her death.


Harry was born in 1882 in Aston, Birmingham. He came with his parents to Manchester and at some point he worked for C Macintosh & Co Ltd, a rubber company in Manchester. In the 1911 census he was boarding at 99 Slade Rd, Erdington, Birmingham, working as a clerk for the Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd. He is later reported to have been a department manager.

Also, in the 1911 census, his brother, Walter, was living at 4 Walsingham Avenue, off Burton Rd, West Didsbury.

He was a commercial traveller. Walter was married to Edith Annie and their son, Harry John was born 11 August 1910 and was baptised at Christ Church on 16 October 1910.

Prior to the end of 1913 Harry was a member of D Company (all Dunlop employees) of the 8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Territorial Force). In 1915 he was a Lance Corporal in the 1st/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, no 2226. He was killed in action on 29 May 1915, about a month after the battalion arrived in the Dardanelles and 2 weeks after being recommended for a commission. He died at Gallipoli and is named on the Helles Memorial, panel no 159 – 171. He was awarded the medal 1914 -15 Star.

Probate was awarded to his brother, Walter at London on 7 August 1915, in the sum of £192 7s. At that time Walter was still living at 4 Walsingham Avenue. A memorial service was held at Christ Church on Sunday 4 July 1915.