2014 - 2018
Those who gave their lives from Yarm ______________________________________
WILFORD, Robert. 5358 2/Lt 1/5th Yorks attd 13th Bn.
The following was taken from the Yorkshire Regiment website
Killed in action 23 Nov 1917 aged 23. Fourth son of Robert Levi Wilford, licensee of the Black Bull Hotel, Yarm and Clerk to the Cemetery Committee who
had died in 1916 and Jane Eliza his wife. He had been educated at Yarm Grammar School where
he won a North Riding Scholarship and entered as a pupil at Middlesbrough High School. He
passed junior and senior Cambridge exams, gaining an exemption in the London Matriculation
exam. Being successful in winning a training college scholarship he spent two and a half years at
University College, Nottingham where he received the Board of Education certificate for Teaching.
He passed the Intermediate BA at London University and was reading for the final part when war
started (he was posthumously awarded a full BA (war Degree) on 19 Jun 1918). Wilford joined the
University OTC in which he remained for a year before being commissioned into the Yorkshire
Regiment on 23 Nov 1916. He went to France in Jan 1917. In 1919 his mother presented the
Catholic Church in Yarm a beautiful Holy Water Stoup in the form of an angel holding forth the
bowl in memory of her son but this no longer survives.
Yarm 1914 Research ________________
The Yarm 1914 Commemoration Group is carrying out research on the soldiers listed. We are finding where they lived in Yarm and will represent the findings in a wall of poppies presentation. More details will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and this web site. If you have any information please contact us. Left click on the picture below.