Wilde, Lytton Middleton

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Lytton Middleton Wilde
27 August 1895 – 23 November 1917
Place of birth Calgary, Alberta
Place of death No. 2 Australian General Hospital
Place of burial Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Lytton Middleton Wilde was a Canadian soldier who served during the Great War.

Early Life

Lytton Middleton Wilde was born in Calgary Alberta on 27 August 1895 to Frederick and Fannie Wilde of Blairmore AB.

Military Service

On the 16th of December 1915 Wilde enlisted in the 4th Canadian Divisional Signal Company at the age of 20 years 3 months as an Electrician in Toronto. He departed Canada for service overseas on 11 August 1916. He was awarded the Military Medal on 18 November 1916 for xxx[1] On 30 December 1916 he was promoted Lance Corporal and on 19 July 1917 was appointed 2nd Corporal. On 17 November 1917 while attached to 11 Canadian Infantry Brigade he was wounded by mustard gas poisoning, was evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station on 21 November 1917 and died of his injuries on 23 November 1917 at No. 2 Australian General Hospital. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. On 13 May 1918 he was posthumously awarded a bar to the Military Medal[2] for his actions during the period of 12th to the 15th of November 1917.[3]

Military Medal Citation

Awarded the Military Medal in 1917[1] with the following citation:
During and after the action of November 18 1916 he constantly repaired signal wires to the north of Courcelette under heavy shell fire enabling communication to be kept between the Brigade and the left Battalions.

This man has been working in forward area from October 9th to November 24th 1916 and has rendered always most valuable service.

He set a fine example by his constant cheerfulness and devotion to duty.

Bar to Military Medal Citation

Posthumously awarded a Bar to the Military Medal in 1918[2] with the following citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty from 12th till 15th of November 1917: west of PASSCHENDAELE 2/Cpl Wilde was NCO IC Signals at the Brigade Report Center during the period mentioned and under circumstances of extraordinary difficulty succeeded in maintaining communication by telephone, visual signaling or runner to the forward battalions all through. He mended telephone lines many times under the heaviest shelling and gas concentrations, and carried on when all the personnel at the battalion were causalities, and he himself badly gassed. His conduct was a fine example to all the men under his charge.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The London Gazette, Supplement 29953. 19 February 1917. Page 1757.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The London Gazette, Supplement 30578. 12 March, 1918. Page 3224.
  3. Research by 41 Signal Regiment