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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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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

 

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) (1865-1948) 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. A member of the School OTC and was an excellent signaller, winning the signalling prize at the Public Schools Brigade at Aldershot on the first occasion it was offered for competition.

Took part in the 1905 Sherborne Pageant www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/15974327312...

 

Attended Royal Military Academy Woolwich Infantry Co., 1908; passed out second with honours and the prize for signalling drill and military engineering,. In December 1910 he was appointed to the Indian Army. For a year he was attached to the 2nd Battalion North Staffords Regiment at Peshawar and on 30 December 1910 joined an India Regiment (the 130th K.G.O. Baluchis), at Quetta oas double company officer. On 8 December 1911 was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He joined the signalling school at Poona, where he obtained a special certificate in this branch, and was selected to command the King’s fire picquet and the signalling tower on the Delhi bridge at the Coronation Durbar in 1912. He successfully dealt with the serious fires which broke out in the King’s camp and neighbourhood, and also controlled, by signal, the guns providing the salutes on the historic occasion, and for these services he was given a medal. He was certificated in machine gun works and for the Urdu, Pushtu, and Baluch languages.

 

WW1, served as Captain in the 130th King George's Own Baluchis (Jacob's Rifles). Mentioned in despatches.

Killed in action eight miles south of Maktau, East Africa, on 14 September 1915, aged 25. He was serving with a combined British and Indian force of 1,600 men, who completely routed the Germans, capturing all the kit, rifles, and ammunition belonging to the enemy. Owing to the strength of the enemy the action is described as sharp, but coming as a surprise the attack of the British forces resulted in a complete victory.

 

Commemorated at:

Voi Cemetery, Kenya, 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).

 

Dorset County Chronicle, 7 October 1915:

DEATH IN EAST AFRICA.

The greatest sympathy is extended to Mr and Mrs W.B. Wildman, of Graystone House, Newland, Sherborne, in the sad loss they have sustained by the death of their elder son, Lieutenant Arthur Henry Wildman, while fighting for his King and country, to which he had devoted the best part of an all too brief career. He was killed in action on the 14th September eight miles south of Maktau, in East Africa, where he was with a combined British and Indian force of 1,600 men, who completely routed the Germans, capturing all the kit, rifles, and ammunition belonging to the enemy. Owing to the strength of the enemy the action is described as sharp, but coming as a surprise the attack of the British forces resulted in a complete victory. Born on March 17th Lieutenant Wildman was educated at Knyveton Court, Bournemouth, Sherborne School, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. While in the Sherborne School O.T.C. he was an excellent signaller, and won this prize at the Public Schools Brigade at Aldershot on the first occasion it was offered for competition. At Woolwich he further distinguished himself by passing out second with honours and the prize for signalling drill and military engineering, afterwards entering the Indian Army. For a year he was attached to the 2nd Battalion North Staffords Regiment at Peshawar and joined an India Regiment (the 130th K.G.O. Baluchis), at Quetta 30th December 1910. On December 8th 1911, he was promoted lieutenant. He joined the signalling school at Poona, where he obtained a special certificate in this branch, and it was for this reason that he was selected to command the King’s fire picquet and the signalling tower on the Delhi bridge at the Coronation Durbar in 1912. He successfully dealt with the serious fires which broke out in the King’s camp and neighbourhood, and also controlled, by signal, the guns providing the salutes on the historic occasion, and for these services he was given a medal. He was certificated in machine gun works and for the Urdu, Pushtu, and Baluch languages. Thus a most promising career has been cut off in its very prime.

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