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Captain Esdaile Frederick Burkett Wyatt (MID)

  • Age: 34
  • From: Forest Gate, London
  • Regiment: 2 S LANCS REGT
  • Commemorated at: Dickebusch New Mil Cem
    Panel Ref: G.14
Esdaile Frederick Burkett Wyatt was born in Forest Gate, West Ham, Essex in 1881, the eldest son of Robert Esdaile Wyatt and his wife Maria Elizabeth (née Green). He was baptised on 7th September 1881 in Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate.  His parents were both born in London, married in Hackney in 1879, and had five children. He had an older sister Violet, and younger siblings Madeline, Arthur, and Brian.
 
In 1891 the family is living at 63 Claremont Road, Forest Gate, with five children and two domestic servants. His father is a broker’s clerk, Esdaile is 9.
 
In 1901 they are still at 63 Claremont Road, with five children and a domestic servant. His father, 49, is a stockbroker’s clerk, his mother is 40, Esdaile is 19, an accountant’s clerk. 
 
After completing his articles, Esdaile was admitted as an Associate Member of the Incorporated Society of Accountants on 9th November 1904 and went to work in Karachi in what was then British India.  He is listed in the Society’s 1906-7 year book working for Forbes, Forbes, Campbell & Co., location Karachi, India.  He evidently returned to the U.K. for a visit as on 14th October 1909 Esdaile is found on the passenger list of the City of London, returning to Karachi from Liverpool. 
 
Whilst living in Karachi he seems to have entered into ex-pat society, and was a member of the Karachi Boat Club.  The Civil and Military Gazette reported on 2nd October 1908 that E.F.B. Wyatt rowed (bow position) in the open fours in the annual regatta for the F.F. Campbell & Co. team.  His team were beaten by a quarter length by the Merchants “after a well contested race”. The Homeward Mail from India, China, and the East, reported on the 1911 regatta on 15th April that E.F.B. Wyatt rowed (bow) for the Merchants in the annual regatta.  The paper reports that the Merchants beat the Railway team in the finals quite easily.
 
(In 1911 his parents are living at 4 Hillersdon Avenue, Barnes, Surrey, with his siblings Violet, Arthur, and Brian. His father and brother Brian are working as stockbroker’s clerks, and Arthur is an accountant’s clerk.)
 
At some point Esdaile returned to the U.K. from India (although he has not been found on passenger lists), and in the summer before war was declared took a trip to North America.  He sailed to Montreal from Liverpool on 11th June 1914 on the S.S. Virginian, arriving on 20th June 1914, destination Indian Head, Saskatchewan (reason unknown).  He states he is 32, single, a merchant, and has never been in Canada before.  He crossed into the United States at Niagara Falls in July, as a visitor, and states he has no relatives in the U.S.  He travelled back to the U.K. arriving in Liverpool from New York on 24th July 1914 on the Cedric.  
 
It is not known if or for how long Esdaile remained in Liverpool, but he enlisted at St. George's Hall in the city as Private 15077, 17th (Pals) Battalion of The King’s Liverpool Regiment. He was soon sent for officer training and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment (Gazetted 23rd October 1914).  He embarked for France on 19th December 1914.
 
On 2nd May 1915 he was admitted, as Second Lieutenant, 2nd Bn S. Lancs Regiment, age 33, to No.2 General Hospital (Le Havre) with a gunshot wound to the left arm.  He was treated for one day then transferred to the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle and evacuated to England.  It is not known when he returned to the front.
 
He was Gazetted on 1st December 1915 Temporary Captain  “whilst employed as a brigade machine gun officer and to be seconded”.
 
The Western Times on 3rd December 1915 reported: “The marriage arranged between Captain Esdaile F. B. Wyatt, 3rd South Lancashire Regt., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt, Elmbank Mansions, Barnes, and Lilian Muriel, second daughter of Rev. C. T. and Mrs. Ward, Stanton, Paignton (formerly vicar of Chudleigh), will shortly take place, quietly on account of the war.”  
 
Lilian was born in 1881 in Norfolk, and lived in Devon.  There were V.A. hospitals in Paignton and Chudleigh, so it is possible they met when Esdaile was recuperating from his wounds.  They married on 16th December 1915 in St. John, Paignton, Devon.
 
Three weeks later, on 8th January 1916, he was killed in action.  The details are not known; the 2nd Bn S. Lancs War Diary for 8th January simply records,

“The following message was received this evening from Head Quarters, 9th Infantry Brigade  -  “2nd Lieut. - temp. Captain - E.F.B. Wyatt M.G. Officer this Brigade was killed today”.
 
He now rests at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, his headstone has the epitaph:

EVERLASTING REMEMBRANCE
 
His death was announced in the Western Morning News on 17th January 1916 :

“Wyatt, Capt. E.F.B., South Lancashire Regt., 3rd Batt., attd 2nd Batt.  Received his first commission in October 1914, and made Captain quite recently.”
 
His name appeared in the list of officers killed published in the Naval and Military Gazette on 26th January 1916.
 
Esdaile was Mentioned in Despatches of Douglas Haig’s dated 30th April 1916, published in the London Gazette on 13th June “for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field”.  
 
Esdaile earned his three medals.  His widow Lilian, living in Stanton, Paignton, Devon, received his Army effects of £118-3s-8d, and a War Gratuity of £5.
 
Probate, giving his address as 36 Elm Bank Mansions, Barnes, Surrey, was granted to Lilian, in the amount of £400-16s-3d.  Lilian never remarried, and in 1939 she is living at 199 Windsor Road, Torquay, Devon.  She is 58, living on private means.  Lilian appears to have died in 1966 aged 85.  
 
His brother Brian served as a 2nd Lt and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 4/4/1916.  He survived the war.  His father died in Surrey in 1929 and his mother in Exeter in 1937.
 
He is listed in the book, “With the Colours” published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1916, giving his location as Karachi.
 
ASAA Incorporated Accountants’ Journal published his obituary in February 1916.

E.H.B. Wyatt [sic] is commemorated on the Paignton Memorial.
 
 















Esdaile Frederick Burkett Wyatt joined the 17th Bn as Private 15077. He subsequently transferred to the 2nd Bn of Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) as 2nd Lieutenant. He was killed in action on 08/01/1916 aged 34 whilst Captain (TP) attached to the Machine Gun Corps. 

He was the son of Mrs Wyatt of 36 Elmbank Mansions, The Terrace, Barnes, London. He was married to Lillian Muriel Wyatt of Stanton, Paignton, Devon.He was a trained Accountant. 

He is buried at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, his headstone has the epitaph:

EVERLASTING REMEMBRANCE

Killed On This Day.

(103 Years this day)
Sunday 27th January 1918.
L/Sgt 34298 Samuel Armstrong
34 years old