Date of birth: 1883
Parents: Joseph and Charlotte Barratt
Address: Seven Stars Public House, 50 Friars Street
Occupation: Post Office Clerk
Wilfred was born in 1883. He was baptised at St Paul’s Church, Warwick on 18th March 1883. He was one of seven children although his only sister Amelia Annie and a brother Arthur died as children. He had two older brothers Ernest and Bertie and two younger brothers Alfred and George. His father, a Publican, died in 1890 aged 54.
According to the census of 1901 and 1911 Wilfred’s mother Charlotte continued as an Innkeeper at 50 Friars Street. She died in 1911 aged 61. In 1901 Wilfred then aged 18 was working as a Post Office Clerk and boarding with a family in Fenny Stratford now part of Milton Keynes.
Wilfrid’s brother, George, joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in April 1916 and survived the war. It was George who completed Wilfrid’s Shrine Application:
Rank & Number: Sapper, 1909
Regiment/Service: 2nd Canadian Division, Canadian Signal Corps
Date of death: September 19, 1918
Cause of death/Battle: Died of wounds
Commemorated/Buried: Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais
Awards: Canadian Medal Entitlement
Commemorated locally at: St Pauls Church
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpt and Shrine Application slip courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office