Captain, “B” Company 8th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, MiD.

Died of wounds 10th April 1918, age 24.

Buried at Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Former student of chemistry.


Wilfrid, born in 1893 at Burslem, near Stoke on Trent, was the youngest son of Joseph, a colour merchant, and Edith Meir. He was educated at Leek High School and came to Manchester University in 1910 to study chemistry on a County Major Scholarship. He was awarded his B.S.c. in 1913 and M.S.c. in 1914 and gained the Beyer Fellowship for best student of the year. He was an emergency recruit to the University Officer Training Corps and enlisted with the 5th Battalion Staffordshire Regiment in October 1914. He was mentioned in despatches, wounded at the Battle of the Somme, and died of wounds at Messines in Belgium in April 1918. He left effects worth £884 14s to his father.