Corporal Walter Wild 15/1918

Corporal Walter Wild
15/1918

Born. Beeston, Leeds, 1874.
Died. Leeds, 1940

Walter Wild was living with his wife and three children at 3, Sefton Street, Lodge Lane, Beeston Hill, Leeds when he enlisted on 9/7/1915 he was working for Leeds City Tramways as a Ticket Inspector, and also played a trombone in the tramways band, his acceptance for military service was very unusual as he had lost an eye as a child in a firework accident and was 41 years old on enlistment.

It would appear that the Pals needed a good trombone player for their band and Walter fit the bill, most of the tramways band was already serving with the Pals so strings were pulled and Walter was accepted.

He served at Colsterdale and Egypt but was repatriated to Britain shortly before the pals left Egypt for France, the desert sand had irritated his eye socket causing it to become infected which forced his return home, after the infection had cleared he was transferred to the 5th Training reserve battalion at York until discharged medically unfit on 14/2/917. His enlistment and discharge papers make interesting reading to say the least.

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