Wilderspin, Mark

Mark was the eldest son of Francis and Emily (nee Lucas) born at Pembroke Farm, Slip End, Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 18 July 1885 and baptised at Newnham, Hertfordshire.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Mark enlisted on 15 July 1916 with the Royal Garrison Artillery, Regimental Number 102536 and was a gunner with the 256th Brigade which was mobilised to the Western Front, France and Flanders on 8 February 1917.  He survived the War.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

Before enlisting he was a groom.  He moved to London before 1911 and was a coachman there.

Mark married Mary Anne Butcher in the 3rd quarter 1914.  It is not known if they had children.

The 1939 census shows them living in the Hailsham Rural District, Sussex, and Mark retired.

They settled in Polegate, Sussex and Mark died at St Marys Hospital, Eastbourne, Sussex on 2 July 1954.

Mark’s brother, George, also served in the War and survived.

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