Hello everyone. I have been tracing my ancestry for several years and was fortunate enough to visit the Vis-en-Artios cemetery near Arras in France on the 100th anniversary of the death of my great Uncle, Harold Wilde who was declared dead on 3rd September, 1918. I believe his name will be on a memorial in the Broughton area. He and his parents lived in Granville Avenue, off Leicester Road. The family were Methodists and at some point (I think after Harold's death), his father became a reverend in the Methodist faith (the Rev F.T. Wilde).
Can anyone tell me where I can find out the following in time for armistice day
Where the memorial is that his name is on in the Broughton area? If there will be an armistice day ceremony at that memorial?
thanks for any help in finding out this information
I have checked our data and that of the MLFHS www.mlfhs.org.uk/data/war_memorials_search.php and I am sorry to report that I cannot find Harold's name on any of the known extant memorials. As Harold lived on the border of Salford he may have been remembered on a memorial outside of Salford, perhaps where he worshipped, worked or socialised.
Can you tell us what information you have managed to find with regards to Harold? Medal card, service record, newspaper reports,etc.... We may be able to find some extra information for you.
There was also a mention of Harold in The Guardian www.newspapers.com/newspage/258209994/ The site offers a free 7 day trial if you register, but you have to give card details. Please remember to cancel after reading the article so that you are not charged.
Hi, Harold enlisted 2nd Sept 1914 as a private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers when he was 19 years and 20 days old, the enlistment document was N. 16750, regimental No was 19199. On the 4th September 1916 he was listed as wounded and entitled to wear a "wound stripe". On 1st September 1916 in the Gazette, issue 29731, it was announced he had been awarded the Military Medal for acts of gallantry and bravery. By 30th Jan 1917 he was transferred to the machine gun corps (from his medal record). At some point after his transfer to the machine gun corps he was promoted to 2nd lieutenant. I am uncertain when he transferred to the Tank Corps. On the 31st July he was promoted to temporary Lieutenant. 3rd September 1918 he was killed in action.