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Wilfred Dyer was born in Abingdon in 1888, the son of Josiah and Annie M. Dyer. By 1901 they were living in Wolverhampton at 30 Coleman Street, together with Wilfred’s sisters Florence and Winifred, brother Herbert and cousin Samuel Taylor. By 1911, Wilfred was at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield with the South Staffordshire Regiment. He married Edith Annie Bevan in Wolverhampton later that year, and they had a son, Frederick G., in 1912.

Wilfred became a Lance Corporal (number 7619) and embarked for war service on 12 August 1914. He later gained the rank of Sergeant. He was killed in action on 23 October 1914. He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.