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Wilde, QMS, retires 1916
The Newcastle Daily Chronicle 2/3/1916 reports:
"Quarter Master Wilde, of Durham.
The Retirement takes place this week, of Quarter Master Sergeant Wilde, who, since the outbreak of the war, has been recruiter for Durham and District. A native of Thornaby Sergt. Wilde was born in 1845, and in 1862 he joined the 3rd Manchester Volunteers. Two years later the entered the old 10th foot, a Lincoln Regiment, with which he served for 21 years, most of the time abroad in India, Burma, and other places. In 1886 he retired with the rank of Quarter Master Sergeant. In 1900 he went to Darlington as recruiting sergeant, and acted as such for four years, after which he went back into private life. At the outbreak of the war he accepted an invitation to open a recruiting office in Durham, where between 15,000 and 16,000 recruits have passed through his hands. Sergt. Wilde received one of the four Coronation medals given to members of the National reserve in London."

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