I’m very interested in everything to do with the First World War, not least because one of my relatives died in the war. His name was John Richard Wilde and he was my uncle and he worked on the railways as a railway porter. His name appears on the war memorial at Shrewsbury station.

photo Shrews station

I’m still in possession of his two death cards – one from the government and one from the railways.

He was in the 1st 5th Central Lancs Regiment and he was killed on 31 July 1917, the first day of Passchendaele. Apparently there’d been heavy rain beforehand but we don’t know exactly how he died, whether it was shell fire, whether he fell into water and was drowned. We just don’t know. Unfortunately he has no known grave. He’s commemorated on the Menin Gate.

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