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2 hours ago, neverforget said:

Got him. Oscar Wilde's son Cyril.

Thanks Sea Jane 😊👍 

Brilliant work, well done!

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11 minutes ago, FROGSMILE said:

Brilliant work, well done!

Cheers. Good choice of subject 👍

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2 hours ago, neverforget said:

Got him. Oscar Wilde's son Cyril.

Thanks Sea Jane 😊👍 

Well spotted in the end!

“On 9 May 1915, Captain Cyril Holland of the Royal Field Artillery was killed in action when shot by a German sniper during the disastrous Battle of Aubers Ridge. He was twenty-nine years old. At the time, his brother Vivian was stationed just three miles away [also a translator and in the RFA with a wartime commission].”

“Cyril Holland, born Cyril Wilde on 5 June 1885, was the elder son of Oscar and Constance Wilde. A career soldier, in December 1905 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery and progressed to full Lieutenancy in 1908. He was also a fully qualified interpreter and spoke flawless German.”

“While serving in India in 1914, Cyril wrote to his brother to explain that, since the death of their father in 1900”:

‘my great incentive has been to wipe (the) stain away; to retrieve, if may be, by some action of mine, a name no longer honoured in the land. The more I thought of this, the more convinced I became that, first and foremost, I must be a man. … I am no wild, passionate, irresponsible hero. I live by thought, not by emotion.  I ask nothing better than to end in honourable battle for my King and Country.‘

NB.  Both boys had attended boarding school in Heidelberg between 1895 and 1900.

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Thanks👍👍

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How about this one? 

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It’s now late so will have another stab in the morning, but looking at his portrait I would suggest early 20’s, which suggest the medal  and clasps are for the 2nd Boer war, unless he was an old officer at the time of the GW.

 

 

 

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Killed in action 1915.

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I bet he's someone's son.😜

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Rifle Brigade or London Regiment?

 

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28 minutes ago, neverforget said:

I bet he's someone's son.😜

Shouldn’t that be a “ name that lyric” on the music thread……..? 

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Just now, Knotty said:

Shouldn’t that be a “ name that lyric” on the music thread……..? 

Is there a music thread? I hadn't noticed 😅

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2 hours ago, neverforget said:

I bet he's someone's son.😜

  Son of the late John Swinton Isaac, D.L., of Boughton Park, Worcester?

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13 minutes ago, Gunner Hall said:

  Son of the late John Swinton Isaac, D.L., of Boughton Park, Worcester?

Who knows? Not I I'm afraid. 

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Captain John Edmund Valentine Issac, 2nd Bt.    killed 9/5/ 1915, buried in the New Irish Farm Cemetery  He was a Boer War veteran and had a DSO and a mention as well.  .

Originally "Known unto God",  he was identified by virtue of his DSO ribbon and a Rifle Brigade Button. 

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6 hours ago, neverforget said:

I bet he's someone's son.😜

Correct. Literary connection at one remove.

4 hours ago, Gunner Hall said:

  Son of the late John Swinton Isaac, D.L., of Boughton Park, Worcester?

No, sorry.

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10 minutes ago, seaJane said:

Correct. Literary connection at one remove.

Well, that narrows it down slightly more than my suggestion at least 😁

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Drat.  Thats me out.

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I wonder, does he have a better known brother by any chance, and was one of Gunner's suggested regiments correct?

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1 hour ago, neverforget said:

I wonder, does he have a better known brother by any chance, and was one of Gunner's suggested regiments correct?

Couldn't say as to regiments but he had two brothers, of whom one was also a casualty.

The musical suggestion is not 100% off the beam as a certain singer had his mother as a neighbour.

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14 hours ago, FROGSMILE said:

Rifle Brigade or London Regiment

I’ve blown up the photo and I’m pretty sure that’s the Rifle Brigade

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12 minutes ago, Knotty said:

I’ve blown up the photo and I’m pretty sure that’s the Rifle Brigade

Yes that was my favoured guess.  I thought it might help me guess the personality, but it hasn’t!

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It's awfully easy to go off down the wrong rabbit-hole.

Although, you are correct about the Rifle Brigade.

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One last go.  Capt. William Frederick Temple Sheridan, RA  of the 5th Bt attached 2nd,Rifle Brigade Great grandson of Richard Brindsley Sheridan?  

Kiled Loos,  25/09/1915  https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/868271/WILLIAM FREDERICK TEMPLE SHERIDAN/

Though that rabbit hole reference is worrying.  

 
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The person I've been thinking of doesn't appear to have had any children, though by some accounts he did have a certain fascination with them. 

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17 minutes ago, neverforget said:

The person I've been thinking of doesn't appear to have had any children, though by some accounts he did have a certain fascination with them. 

That and the rabbit hole makes me sure I'm on the wrong track.  I've got a spreadsheet of '15 Rifle casualties and nothing leaps out.   Curiouser and curiouser

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