Wildman, Arthur Henry (1890-1915)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Arthur Henry Wildman (1890-1915), born 17 March 1890, son of William Beauchamp Wildman (1852-1922) www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/34055656253..., Assistant Master, Abbey House, Sherborne School, and Winifred Mabel Wildman (née Spens Black) (1867-1948) www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/18004951570...www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/18004951570...; brother of Thomas Beauchamp Wildman (1888-1965).
Attended Knyveton Court preparatory school, Bournemouth and Sherborne Preparatory School.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) May 1903-December 1907; 6th form. Took part in the 1905 Sherborne Pageant www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/15974327312...
Royal Military Academy, Infantry Co., 1908; passed out with honours and three prizes and appointed to the Indian Army in December 1910, as double company officer in the 130th Baluchis, and reached the rank of Lieutenant in 1911.
WW1, Captain in the 130th King George's Own Baluchis (Jacob's Rifles), served with the IEF in South Africa. Killed at Maktau, East Africa, on 14 September 1915.
Voi Cemetery, V. A. 4 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/125373/WILDMAN,%20A
Sherborne town war memorial.
Sherborne Preparatory School roll of honour www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/28163613991...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Memorial plaque in the School chapel www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/29257679746...; Abbey House roll of honour. Paymaster T.B. Wildman donated £10 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of his brother, Captain A.H. Wildman; in 1919, W.B. Wildman donated to the School Library in memory of A.H. Wildman a copy of 'The Works of Joseph Hall, Bishop of Exeter' (London, 1628), inscribed ‘This book which was given to my father, Rev. Thomas Wildman DD by a nonjuring clergyman The Rev. Arthur Milne, whose family suffered much for their Jacobite principles. I give to Sherborne School Library in memory of my younger son Capt. Arthur Henry Wildman who gave his life for England near Maktau, East Africa, on the 14th September 1915 for (as he once wrote) “the justest cause England was ever called upon to maintain.” His Regiment was the 130th K.G.O. Baluchis, to which Sherborne School has given several officers. The Regiment was raised by General Jacob, several of whose kinsmen have been officers of it and alumni of Sherborne. W.B. Wildman, Assistant Master, 1877-1919.’
Sherborne School, Head Master's Report to the Governors for 1915 (October 1915): 'Our senior master, Mr Wildman, has recently lost his younger son, Lieut. A.H. Wildman, a young officer of the Indian Army of exceptional promise, whose death was only the climax of exceedingly gallant and valuable service to the East African campaign. Those who know the share that Mr Wildman has had in establishing and developing the Cadet Corps, subsequently the O.T.C., and the standard of vigour, manliness and devotion to duty which he has in his own person held up before so many generations of Shirburnians, will assuredly sympathise with the grief which he bears with so much courage, but will also feel that this sacrifice sets no ignoble crown upon his patriotic labours.'
The Officer Commanding the 130th K.G.O. Baluchis wrote: 'Lieutenant Wildman met his death yesterday in an action with the enemy, gallantly leading his men. He was buried last evening at Maktau. In writing to you of him I have no words to express to you my admiration of him as an Officer. A more gallant and conscientious Officer never existed, and his loss is not only a personal one but a great loss to the Regiment and the Service. Since we have been on service, he has distinguished himself on every occasion he has been in action: firstly at Salaita in March last, when his gallant leading was brought to notice, and on several occasions since, notably on 3rd September, when his conduct in command of a patrol was favourably brought to notice, and again on the 14th when he met his death. We had a great success yesterday, and it was entirely due to his able leading and foresight in working out every detail of the ambush laid for the enemy. He was very well known to all the Senior Officers out here, including General Tighe and General Malleson, as being an exceptionally able young Officer; and he was beloved by all who knew him. I feel his loss very much indeed, as I was very fond of him, and I knew I could rely on him for whatever task I called upon him to do. His loss is all the more sad, as his was the guiding hand in the first real success we have had in our war area, and it has put heart into our men again. I am endeavouring to get him a reward a military cross I hope, and I trust I may succeed. He deserves it.' (The Shirburnian, November 1915).