Wilde, Charles Pryce

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Charles Pryce Wilde

25007, Company Quartermaster Serjeant, 17th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died of illness, 20 February 1916, aged 47
Buried at Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, France

CWGC registered (Son of William Wilde, of Wrexham; husband of Laura Wilde, of 2, Gloddaeth Cottage, 19, Bodafon St, Llandudno)

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Charles Pryce Wilde was born at Denbigh in 1868. He was the son of William Wilde, a police sergeant, and his wife Martha Jane Wilde (née Pryce). The Census of Wales for 1871 records the family living at the “Boro’ Lock Up” (!), Denbigh: Charles (2) and his brothers John (9) and William (7) were described as at school. Ten years later, the family lived at 8 St. Mark’s Terrace, Wrexham. William Wilde was now a police superintendent and Charles, a scholar, had six younger siblings.

On 27 March 1890, Charles Wilde joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers at Naas, Co Kildaire having had a medical examination at Wrexham two days earlier. On his attestation papers his occupation was described as that of a clerk. His regimental number was DF/3582. He joined the 1st Battalion RDF on 16 May 1890 but brought himself out for £18 on 3 February 1891. Charles returned to Wrexham for the Census of Wales for 1891 records him living with his parents at Regent Street (County Buildings); Charles was now described as a grocer. On 25 February 1896, Charles married Laura Daines (Dolly), aunt of Henry Daines Hutt (qv), at St. George’s Church, Llandudno. The couple moved to Dublin and their sons Charles and Arthur were born there on 3 February 1897 and 25 February 1899 respectively. The Census of Ireland for 1901 records the family living at Drumcondra, Dublin, Charles being described as a grocer. Ten years later, the family still lived at Drumcondra though Charles’ occupation was now as a station warehouseman. On 9 June 1913, Charles Pryce disembarked from the Corsican at Quebec bound for Montreal and employment with the CPR. He gave his age as 40 though he was 44. His son Charles followed him a year layer. Their Canadian venture did not last and both disembarked at Liverpool from the Corsican on 18 February 1915.

On 22 February 1915, Charles was enlisted into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Llandudno with a regimental number of 25007. He gave his address as “Nevillehurst”, Mostyn Street. He declared his age as 43 years and three months though he was actually three years older. The maximum age one could normally be recruited at that time was 38 except for men who had previously served in the army who could be recruited up to the age of 45. It was noted during his medical examination that he had an enlarged heart which rendered him incapable of combat duties. He joined the 17th (Service) Battalion (2nd North Wales) (formed at Llandudno on 2 February 1915) the following day and was immediately promoted to company quartermaster sergeant, responsible for a company’s supplies and stores.

The battalion left Winchester on 4 December 1915 and landed at Le Havre on the following day. On 12 January 1916, the battalion was at Hamet Billet. Charles Wilde was declared unfit for duty in the trenches and sent to No 38 (Welsh) Division headquarters at Locon for light duties, suffering from disordered action of the heart. On the evening of 19 February, he was noticeably unwell and was worse the following morning. A medical officer was summoned but when he arrived, Charles Wilde had already died, his heart having failed in a fit of vomiting. He was aged 47 and was buried nearby at Locon New Military Cemetery but in 1919 he was reinterred at Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, France.

Charles Daines Wilde joined the Royal Marines after his return from Canada and survived the war. He died in 1977.

Laura Wilde died in 1952.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

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