Harry Wildman, Driver T/11832, 4th Div. Train Army Service Corps
Died 5th April 1918 in Hurdsfield House Hospital, Macclesfield, aged 24
Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Wildman. Born at Henbury, Macclesfield.
Harry’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 12 April 1918:
Driver Harry Wildman, Army Service Corps, brother* of Mrs Atkinson, 34 Byron St, Macclesfield, died in Hurdsfield House Red Cross Hospital on Friday from the effects of stomach poisoning.** He had been confined to bed twelve months, and came to Macclesfield from the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Driver Wildman was twenty-four years of age and was born at Broken Cross. He was educated at Broken Cross and Christ Church Schools, and was connected with Henbury Church. In civil life he was employed on the farm of Mr Gallimore, Broken Cross, and enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war, being drafted out to France in April 1915. He was invalided home with a poisoned stomach in March 1917 and came to Hurdsfield House the following November.
The funeral took place at Henbury Church on Wednesday afternoon. The cortege was headed by a firing party of the Macclesfield Battalion of the Cheshire Vol. Regt., in charge of Sergt-Major H Heath, and the Macclesfield Town Band under the conductorship of Drum-Major W E Longden. The rear was brought up by a detachment of the V.A.D. nurses from Hurdsfield House Hospital, under Miss Yates, and a contingent of the wounded soldiers. The bearers were: Corpl Leary, Ptes A Burke and P Bamford and Sapper A Gregory. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack and on top were placed a khaki cap, belt and side-arms. Prior to the interment a service was held at the church, conducted by the vicar…. who also officiated at the graveside. The breastplate bore the following inscription: “Harry Wildman, died April 5th, 1918, aged 24 years.” At the conclusion of the committal service a volley was fired, after which the “Last Post” was sounded by Bugler A Parker, of the Christ Church Troop of Boy Scouts. The floral tributes included one from the matron and nurses of Hurdsfield House Hospital.
*although Harry Wildman and Annie Atkinson called each other ‘brother’ and ‘sister’, according to a letter in Harry’s service records they were in fact unrelated, but were brought up together.
**The newspaper states that the cause of death was ‘stomach poisoning’ but the service records give the cause of death as ‘carcinoma’ (cancer).
Driver Harry Wildman is buried at St Thomas’s Church, Henbury, near Macclesfield, in Grave Ref. East 142.
Driver Harry Wildman is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and Christ Church School war memorials, and on the Henbury and Broken Cross war memorial at St Thomas’s Church, Henbury.