Wilfred was born on 24th December 1882 and worked in London as a Stockbroker. He was heavily involved with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps Cadet force.
When war broke out Wilfred applied for a commission in the Army but because of his age (Too old) he was refused. He then applied for a commission in the RNVR and was accepted a week later.
He went off to Antwerp with 1st RN Brigade and on his return he was promoted to Lt and by December he was sent to Eastney Barracks for duty with the Royal Marine Artillery with the Heavy Batteries.
By March Wilfred was promoted to Lt Cdr and he was the Officer commanding Benbow Bn at Gallipoli. After the June battles and the decimation of many of the originals Benbow was disbanded and he was transferred to Nelson Bn
Wilfred was sent to Alexandria in late June suffering from Pleurisy. By Mid July he was back on the Peninsula. Disease was rife at Gallipoli and by September Wilfred was on board Hospital Ship Acquitania on his way home suffering from Orbital Cellulitis.
A cable was received by the Admiralty stating Wilfred had died on board on the 20th September 1915
Wilfred was aged 32 and remembered on the Royal Navy Memorial in Portsmouth
The Nelson Battalion suffered the most of the RN battalions at Gallipoli , 25% death rate for officers and 18% for ORs only the Portsmouth Bn of the RMLI surpassed this.
( Source WW1 The Royal Naval Division)