Wilfred Redfern 22 March 1918

Wilfrid Redfern was from East Yorkshire, born in Elloughton in July 1887. He came up to School House, in 1898 aged 10 and left six years later. In School House he was part of School House’s triumph as Cock House in Rugby in 1903 and 1904. In the latter year he played alongside future captain of the XV, Roy Sanderson. Wilfrid played mainly for the 2nd XI where he was described as “bats in good style but is too anxious to make runs quickly.” He played piccolo in the school orchestra.

After school he worked in his father’s business in Hull and was a keen cricket and hockey player.

He enlisted as early as August 1914 in the Royal Fusiliers and went with them to France. In November 1915, he gained a commission in the East Yorkshire Regiment and was severely wounded in July 1916. Promoted to the rank of Captain in 1917, he was killed near Beaulencourt on the Somme by a sniper on 22nd March 1918 as he was handing over his company after a day’s severe fighting.

He was 30 years old and buried in Beaulencourt Military Cemetery.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow