Death of Robert Wise, one of The Alberts dead
Robert Henry Wise was born in 1890 in Richmond, baptised in Holy Trinity church, and attended St Mary’s school. He was awarded a motor engineering scholarship but by 1911 was serving as a regular soldier in the East Surrey regiment.
He died on 17 February 1915 of wounds received in the fighting near Ypres, where he was buried. By the time of his death he had been promoted to Corporal. He was 23 years old. Robert is commemorated on the memorial board of The Church of St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
During the First World War Robert’s family lived at 5 Beatrice Road, next door to the Bennett family who had lost their son William just a few months earlier, in October 1914.