Thomas Wise

18th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own)

There is relatively little information to be found on Thomas Wise, apart from his Commonwealth War Graves Commission record and brief war records. He is not listed as living in Harden in the 1911 Census, and he does not appear in either the Keighley Roll of Honour, nor does his name appear in the Keighley News. He was born in Ripon, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that he was the son of Thomas and Mary Wise of Ripon, Yorkshire.

Thomas enlisted in Bradford so it may be that he lived in the Harden area, perhaps working in one of the mills, at the time.

Thomas became Lance Serjeant Wise, 18/1128, in the 18th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own). He was killed in action in France on 13th November 1916, at the age of 22.

Thomas is commemorated at the Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery, France.

Medals: 1915 Star, British War Medal & British Victory Medal.


Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery

The cemetery was begun in May 1916, “in a field opposite the Town Major’s dug-out”. It was used by field ambulances and fighting units until March 1917, when the Allied line had moved forward, and again from April to August 1918, when the front came very close to it. Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery contains 239 Commonwealth burials of the First World War

Read more about the cemetery on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s website.

Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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