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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916


CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916


Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916


Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916


Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

Pte 17742 Henry Wild


  • Age: 30
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Sunday 25th June 1916
  • Commemorated at: Cerisy-gailly Mil Cem
    Panel Ref: II.L.6

Henry Wild was born in the December quarter of 1885 he was the fourth of five children born to James Wild, an insurance agent, and his wife Ann (nee Turner).

In 1891 the family lived at 50 Gonville Road, Bootle and in 1901 and 1911 at 154 Bedford Road, Bootle. In 1901 Henry was employed as an office boy with a “Fire Works” and in 1911 was a painter and signwriter.

He enlisted in Liverpool on the  3rd September 1914, joining the 19th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 17442. He gave his age as 29 years and 336 days, his occupation as clerk and his next of kin as his father, James, 154 Bedford Road.  On 17th February 1915, while at Knowsley, Henry was given 3 days CB for ‘neglecting to obey an order’; on 2nd October 1915, at Larkhill, he was given 7 days CB and forfeited 2 days pay for being AWOL for 2 days. On 6th November 1915 he left for France and on 20th November was ordered to forfeit 2 days pay for ‘deficiency of kit’ - losing his cap cover by neglect.  During the last week of June 1916, his Battalion was amongst those massing at the front for the Battle of the Somme - initially scheduled to begin on 29th June but subsequently delayed to 1st July. Allied artillery began their bombardment about 25th June as a precursor to the attack due to begin on 29th June. German artillery responded and during heavy bombardments several men of the 19th and the other Pals Battalions lost their lives, including Henry Wild, who was killed in action on 25th June 1916, aged 30, and is buried in Cerisy-Gailly Cemetery, Grave II L 6.

Henry earned all 3 medals. In a sworn declaration on 20th May 1919, his father listed his surviving relatives as his parents; brothers Alfred (51 years), Arthur (53 years) and James (42 years); and a sister, Martha Simm.

His father placed a notice in the Liverpool Daily Post on 18th July 1916:  

“June 26, killed in action, Private Harry Wild, “Pals”, youngest son of James Wild, 14 Bedford Road, Bootle.”

Henry is commemorated on the following Memorials:

Bedford Road School

Bootle Civic Memorial.

We currently have no further information on Henry Wild, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.

 

Killed On This Day.

(105 Years this day)
Tuesday 1st August 1916.
Sgt 17327 John Henry Flockhart
37 years old

(105 Years this day)
Tuesday 1st August 1916.
Pte 22813 John Porteous
26 years old

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Pte 30278 John Woods
30 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 1st August 1917.
Pte 49328 Tempest Anderson
19 years old

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Wednesday 1st August 1917.
Pte 51960 Geoffrey Baker
19 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 1st August 1917.
Pte 59287 Thomas Baker
23 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 1st August 1917.
L/Cpl 49138 Harry Bull
20 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 1st August 1917.
Pte 22656 Henry Connor
26 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 1st August 1917.
Pte 235221 Hyman Davies

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 1st August 1917.
Pte 57020 William Edwin Fulcher
23 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 1st August 1917.
Pte 22089 Leonard Gibson
21 years old

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Wednesday 1st August 1917.
Pte 33102 Fred Gidney
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A total of 26 Pals where killed on this day. View All