Private Wilfred Wake

Private Wilfred Hereward Wake, ” C ” Coy. 1st/7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 26th April 1915, aged 20. He was the son of Richard and Mary Wake of The Gatehouse, Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. The Battalion had only been on active service since 20th April when it landed in France. On 26th April it was tasked to support an attack on the village of St Julien where it was caught in the open and suffered heavy casualties before cover could be found. ) His brother Thomas fell in the same attack ( see below ). Some baptism of fire ! Before the War he had been employed as a tailor with Messrs. Coxon of Seahouses. He was a keen member of the St Aidan’s Church Choir and was a member of the St Aidan’s Guild of Bell Ringers. Like his brother he was a keen cricketer and footballer.


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