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The entries for people & families with the surname Wild are gathered together in this SideTrack.

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Wild, MajorRef 372-645
[1856-1???] Born in Sowerby. He was a member of the Calder Valley Poets

Wild, AlexanderRef 372-844
[1873-1945] Born in Todmorden.

He was a printer's compositor [1901] / a letterpress printer & bookbinder [1911].

In [Q1] 1900, he married Betsy Varley in Todmorden.

Betsy was the daughter of
John Varley


  1. John Arthur [b 1901]
  2. Herbert [1911-24th October 1982]

They lived at

  • 14 Joshua Street, Todmorden [1901]
  • 28 Beaumont Street, Todmorden [1911]

Alexander died 25th March 1945 (aged 72) 

Members of the family were buried at Heptonstall Church with Betsy's parents

Wild, Arthur VincentRef 372-2139
[1852-1916] Of Halifax.

He was a carver / a gilder / a picture framer / a photographer [1901]. He produced photographs, several of which were used in the Lion Series of postcards.

In 1880, he married Lily, daughter of David Pickles.


  1. William Cary
  2. Louis Edgar
  3. Wallace
  4. Millicent who married [1918] William Jacobs in  Halifax

Wild, Charles FrederickRef 372-776
[1845-1???] Son of John Wild, tailor.

Born in Halifax.

He was a boiler maker of Northowram [1870] / a boiler maker [1870] / a labourer fish shop [1881] / a boiler maker's labourer [1891] / a brass foundry labourer [1901].

In 1870, he married Mary Corney [1847-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary, of Halifax, was the daughter of Eli Corney, shoemaker


  1. Clara Emma [b 1871] who married [1890] William  Lovack [1871-1???] labourer of  Charlestown, Northowram
  2. Sarah Ann [b 1877]
  3. Annie Louisa [b 1879] who was a worsted factory operative  [1901] & married [1902] Charley Crossley
  4. Elizabeth [b 1882]who was a worsted factory operative  [1901]
  5. Thomas William

The family lived at

  • 13 Cockcroft's Building, Northowram [1870]
  • 1 Crossley Court, Fleet Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 13 Fleet Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 10 Smith Street North, Halifax [1901]

Living with them [in 1901] was granddaughter Sarah Ann Wild [b  1901], illegitimate child of daughter Annie Louisa

Wild, Charles HaroldRef 372-263
[1897-1915] Of West Grove House, Hopwood Lane, Halifax.

Son of William Wild.

Born at the Infantry Barracks, York.

He was a clerk at Dean Clough Mills.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was gassed at Ypres Salient [19th December 1915].

He died of wounds [20th December 1915] (aged 18).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [1st January 1916].

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II B 3].

He is remembered on the family grave at Christ Church, Pellon, in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint James's Church, Halifax, on the Memorial at Crossley's Carpets, and on the Memorial at Halifax Bowling Club

Wild, EdwinRef 372-1044
[1846-1915] Born in Halifax.

He was landlord of the Green Hill Tavern, Halifax [1881] / landlord of the Wheat Sheaf, Pellon [1890, 1911].

On 26th August 1869, he married Emma Jane Gledhill at Christ Church, Pellon.

Emma Jane was the daughter of John Gledhill

Wild, ElkanahRef 372-2122
[17??-1???] See Wild's Yard, Halifax

Wild, EmmanuelRef 372-3
[1875-1937] Landlord of the Black Lion, Luddendenfoot [1932-1937]

Wild, FrancisRef 372-315
[1888-1918] Of Todmorden.

He married Emily Jane.

The family lived at 1 Garibaldi Street, Walsden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 5th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).

He died 28th August 1918 (aged 30).

He was buried at Favreuil British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I C 7].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Wild, George HenryRef 372-4
[1887-1970] Landlord of the Foresters' Arms, Norland [1925-1927]

Wild, Rev HarryRef 372-1985
[18??-19??] LTh.

He was educated at Durham. He was ordained Deacon at Thornhill Lees on 26th February 1893. Curate at Heptonstall [1893-1896]. He went on to serve at St Luke's, Cheetham Hill

Wild, J.Ref 372-763
[1895-1917] Of 80 Pye Nest Gate, Halifax.

He was in India with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) when World War I broke out. He was transferred and served as a Corporal with the South Wales Borderers.

He was serving in Mesopotamia when he was reported missing and assumed to have died [June 1917] (aged 22).

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Wild, JackRef 372-400
[19??-] Local writer and member of the Halifax Authors' Circle

Wild, JamesRef 372-1292
[1???-18??] On 29th December 1836, he appeared at Halifax Magistrate's Office before John Waterhouse and Rawdon Briggs and was charged with

performing plays etc, without having a license

The Halifax Guardian reported that

The charge was not pressed, on account of the penalty, which is large, but dismissed on his paying costs and promising to leave the town forthwith

Wild, JamesRef 372-6500
[17??-18??] Brother-in-law of John Crossley.

He was a clothier [1809].

On 26th August 1809, he married Grace Turner at Halifax Parish Church.

Grace was the daughter of Abraham Turner, and sister of Martha who married John Crossley

They lived at Dean Clough.

See The Courtship of John Crossley & Martha Turner

Wild, JamesRef 372-2515
[18??-1???] Stone mason of Luddendenfoot. He constructed the stonework on the Station Road Bridge, Luddendenfoot

Wild, JamesRef 372-5

In [Q1] 1855, he married Mary Hannah Spencer in Halifax.

Mary Hannah was the daughter of
James Spencer


  1. Sarah Spencer (Wild) who died 9th March 1859 (aged 10 months), & was buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax [Grave Ref: 121] with her Spencer grandparents

Wild, JamesRef 372-8
[1806-18??] Born in Southowram.

He was a butcher [1841, 1851].

Around 1827, he married Elizabeth [1806-18??].

Elizabeth was born in Huddersfield


  1. George [b 1827]
  2. Elizabeth [b 1829]
  3. Ralph
  4. Thomas
  5. Sarah [b 1837]
  6. William [b 1839]
  7. James [b 1842]
  8. Agnes [b 1846]

The family lived at

  • Clarence Street, Halifax [1841]
  • 4 Upper Brunswick Street, Denton's Square, Halifax [1851]

Wild, James EdwardRef 372-9

He married Unknown.


  1. James Edward [1872-1930] who was buried with his father

James Edward died 29th August 1867 (aged 25).

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1063] with William Henry Wild [1840-1874]

Wild, JohnRef 372-1504
[18??-19??] Machinist at Whiteplatts Works, Todmorden [1905]

Wild, JonasRef 372-9600
[18??-1898] Farmer at Heyhead Farm, Mytholmroyd.

He committed suicide [June 1898]

Wild, JosephRef 372-6
[1750-1821] Of Halifax.

He married Hannah [1750-1821].


  1. Samuel [1778-23rd August 1806]
  2. John [1786-3rd July 1799]
  3. Martha [1792-25th July 1797]
  4. Lydia [1794-7th April 1795]
  5. Joseph [1794-13th September 1798]

Joseph died 28th December 1821 (aged 71).

Hannah died 8th May 1818 (aged 67).

Members of the family were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax

Wild, Llewelyn Eric AubreyRef 372-972
[1898-1918] Son of Ellen & Major Wild of Sowerby Bridge.

Born in Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

He died 5th September 1918 (aged 19).

He was buried at Lebucquière Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref II A 34]

Wild, Lucy AnnRef 372-2704
[1872-1940] She lived at 58 Crossley Terrace, Halifax [1940].

68-year-old Lucy Ann was a civilian casualty of the Hanson Lane bomb which fell on 22nd November 1940.

She died later that day

Wild, LutherRef 372-2220
[1865-1935] Son of Arthur Vincent Wild.

He was a bookkeeper for a trunk manufacturer [1914] / a builder's clerk for Fred Pickles in Lancashire.

He married Elizabeth Greenwood [18??-1933] at Halifax.

The family lived at

  • 21 Richardson Street, Halifax
  • 23 Belmont Place, Halifax
  • Ainsdale, Lancashire

Wild, Miss MaryRef 372-2262
[18??-18??] She ran a school in Halifax [around 1850]

Wild, NancyRef 372-2
[1796-1868] Of Norland.

She died after being gored by a cow [12th September 1868] (aged 72) 

Wild, NathanRef 372-77
[1846-1925] Born in Alventhorpe.

He was a coal miner [1875].

In 1875, he married Jemima Furness in Wakefield.

Jemima was the daughter of
Moses Furness

They had no children

Wild, R.Ref 372-2430
[1???-19??] Dairy farmer at Little Scout Farm, Luddendenfoot

Wild, Ralph HarrisRef 372-7
[1831-1894] Son of James Wild.

He was a butcher [1851, 1861] / a cattle dealer [1881].

In [Q4] 1852, he married Ellen Clay [1828-1873], (possibly) at Hanover Chapel.

Ellen was born in Warley, (possibly) the daughter of William Clay


  1. Elizabeth [1854-1884] who died at  Southport
  2. Charles [1855-1866]

Ellen died 3rd February 1873 (aged 45).

She & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 898].

In [Q1] 1878, he married Martha Ann Thwaite [1834-1???] in Halifax.

Martha Ann was born in Stainland

They lived at

  • Haugh Shaw Cottage, Haugh Shaw Terrace, Halifax [1861]
  • 94 Lister Lane, Halifax [1881]

Ralph Harris died 1st November 1894 (aged 63).

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell, and remembered on the family grave at Lister Lane.

Details are not yet known of the death / burial place of Martha Ann

Wild, SamRef 372-135
[18??-18??] 18th century showman who presented shows and public performances in Halifax.

In 1855, his Fall of Sebastopol featured two camels – Sultana and Mohammed – which were said to have been captured in the Crimea.

Sultana died during a visit to Skipton, and her skeleton was sold to Halifax Literary & Philosophical Society

Wild, ThomasRef 372-10
[1???-1???] Son of James Wild.

Born in Halifax.

He was a butcher [1851, 1861].

He married Emma Tattersall [1836-1???].


  1. Jemima [b 1855]

They lived at 3 Albion Street, Halifax [1861].

Thomas died 10th January 1865 (aged 31).

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2100] with Emma's parents

Wild, Thomas WilliamRef 372-777
[1884-1916] Son of Charles Frederick Wild.

He was a worsted factory operative [1901] / a foundry labourer [1911] / employed at Edward Foster & Son Limited.

He was a boarder at 49 Range Lane, Haley Hill [1911].

Later, he lived with his sister, Mrs Crossley at 44 Albert Street North, Haley Hill.

During World War I, he enlisted [8/1914], and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died of wounds after being in France for about 5 months [16th July 1916].

He was buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, France [Grave Ref III D 8].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Wild, W. HenryRef 372-300
[18??-19??] Of Steep Lane.

He was organist at Ebenezer United Methodist Chapel, Luddenden Dean / St James's United Methodist Free Church, Luddenden.

He lived at Higgin Chamber.

In 1916, he succeeded Samuel Whiteley as organist at Steep Lane Baptist Church, Sowerby

Wild, WallaceRef 372-2243
[18??-19??] Son of Arthur Vincent Wild.

He assisted his father [1901].

In 1916, he married Edna Mitchell in Halifax

Wild, WilliamRef 372-257
[1867-1937] Born in Dewsbury.

He was caretaker of Dean Clough Institute [1911].

In 1895, he married Margaret Theakston [1874-1952] in York.

Margaret was born in Huntingdon / Elvington, Yorkshire


  1. Agnes Margaret [b 1896] who was a copyist for carpet  manufacturer [1911]
  2. Violet Elsie [b 1897]
  3. Charles Harold
  4. Nellie [b 1900]
  5. Mabel [b 1905]

They lived at

  • 32 George Street, York [1901]
  • Dean Clough Institute, 3 Lewis Street, Halifax [1911]
  • West Grove House, Hopwood Lane [1915]
  • 34 Gerrard Street, Halifax [1937]
  • 7 Lynwood Crescent, Stanley Road, Halifax [1952]

William died 25th April 1937 (aged 71).

Margaret died 6th October 1952 (aged 78).

Members of the family were buried at Christ Church, Pellon

Wild, WilliamRef 372-11
[1802-1877] Of Southowram.

He died 30th December 1877 (aged 75).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1555]



Wild surnameRef 372-1

The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

There are 37 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Wild, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Wild

Marriages 1809, 1871, 1882; Death 1900


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