"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".
Horace James Wise was born in 1891 to Alfred Wise, a bricklayer, and his wife Maria Woodward, a sweet shop owner.
On the 1901 Census, 9 year old Horace can be found living at 18 Moffatt Street (which now no longer exists), Maidenhead Berkshire, along Worth his elder brother George and younger sister Elizabeth.
1911 finds Horace, now a warehouse porter, working for Messers J and R Morley and living at 18 Charterhouse Street, London.
Horace first enlisted with the Royal Berkshire Regiment, but was declared as unfit for service on 8th November 1915. He later enlisted with the 184th Machine Gun Corps on 11th October 1916. On 16th February 1917 Horace arrived at the Field Billet. On 10th April Horace was deprived of 6 days pay for losing by neglect his rations. He was in trouble again on 22nd May for being absent from the Billet between 21:00 and 21:20, for this he was deprived 2 days pay.
On 27th August 1917 Horace was wounded in action, he received a gun shot wound to his left buttock as well as shrapnel wounds to his back. He was immediately transferred to Grantham Military Hospital in Sunderland where his wounds were cleaned and he under went a Laparotomy (an exploratory operation on the abdomen), which found that the wounds had not penetrated this bowels.
It is not clear whether Horace returned to fight at the front as his military records are very patchy. However on 20th February 1919 Horace became unwell. He was again admitted to the Grantham Military Hospital on 25th February and was found to be suffering from Influenza and Bronchial Pneumonia, sadly dispite all efforts to save him, Horace died on 27th February 1919 at 5:30am.
He left behind his Father Alfred, mother Maria and siblings George and Elizabeth.