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Originally from Birmingham, John Wise was born in 1879, the son of Samuel and Mary A. Wise. In 1906 he married Clara Adams, and they went on to have six children – Francis, John, Samuel, Clara, William and Hilda. John became a Police Constable and at some point moved to Wolverhampton Police Force. In 1911, he appeared with his wife and two of his children at 9 Mitre Fold, Wolverhampton.

A note in the Chief Constable’s Report Book on 19 October 1914 states that PC Wise (among others) has applied to rejoin his former regiment and left on that date. I have been unable to confirm further details of John’s regiment, but as his last daughter was born in 1920, he clearly survived the War.