Monday, 30 May 2016

John Wildman 1895 -1916 (John Wilman)

Pte J Wilman Barnsley Chronicle 20th July 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives (This man's surname could be Wildman.)
Born: 1895

Military Service:
Enlisted: December 1914 aged 19
Regiment and Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment 7th Battalion
Service number and rank: Private 14/220
Awards: The British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death:  1st July 1916 age 21

CWGC Remembered: Thiepval Memorial
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 14A & 14B

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

John Wildman was the son of Mrs Lawton, (formerly Wildman)  5 Margaret Street, Warrington.
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War



Mrs. Wildman of 24 Pleasant View Street, Barnsley has been the recipient of the sad news that her youngest son Pte. John Wildman of A Co., Second Barnsley Battalion, has been killed in action.  The news was contained in a letter from another son, Pte. William Wildman of the First Battalion. who was informed of the sad occurrence by Sergeant Major Ashcroft and the latter conveyed his deepest sympathy to Mrs. Wildman.  The deceased soldier would have celebrated his 21st birthday on the 21st of next month.  He enlisted at the age of 19 in December, 1914.  Prior to that he worked at North Gawber Colliery.  Sergeant Major Ashcroft expressed his sorrow at losing him as he had always been a good lad.  Mrs. Wildman, who is a widow, having lost her husband through a colliery accident, has also lost another son in a similar accident at Glass Houghton.  Pte. William Wildman, in civilian life worked at Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery.  In addition to the two already mentioned, Mrs. Wildman has three more sons serving - one in the R.A.M.C.; one in the Scottish Rifles; and the other in the Navy, thus giving her the proud distinction of having no less than five sons in the service of their King and Country.

The Barnsley Chronicle. 20th July 1916 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

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