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Anthony Frederick Wilding

Portrait of Anthony Frederick Wilding ca.1910. Ref: MNZ-0971-1/4-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Portrait of Anthony Frederick Wilding ca.1910. Ref: MNZ-0971-1/4-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Well …


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  • Forenames
    Anthony Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Wilding AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 October 1883 AWMM OpawaChristchurch AWMM
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  • Place of birth
    Opawa, Christchurch Public - Brett - Researcher - 12 March 2015 - this is what is ststed in the bio notes say plus the cwgc states opawa
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  • War
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    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
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    Navy AWMM
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    Royal Navy AWMM
    Royal Marines/RND/Armoured Cars AWMM
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  • Embarkation details

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Wilding was born at Opawa, Christchurch, on 31 October 1883, the son of Frederick Wilding (1852–1945) a Christchurch lawyer, and of Julia (1852–1934), a daughter of Alderman Charles Anthony, Mayor of Hereford.

      An outstanding tennis player, Wilding won Wimbledon titles: Doubles, 1907–08, 1910–11, 1914; Singles, 1910–13; Mixed Doubles, 1914, represented Australasia in the Davis Cup, won the New Zealand Championship, took these English covered-court titles: Singles; Doubles and Mixed Doubles. In addition, Wilding won the national and international titles: Scotland, 1904; Europe Doubles, 1905; Riviera, 1906, 1910; Victoria, 1909; South Africa, 1910; Brussells Exhibition, 1910; and the Olympic Bronze Medal, Stockholm, 1912.

      Educated New Zealand; Trinity College, Cambridge, B.A. Called to the English Bar, Inner Temple, 1906; qualified Barrister and Solicitor of Supreme Court of New Zealand, 1909.

      Shortly after the outbreak of war in 1914 he became a valued member of the Army Intelligence Corps. He was killed at Ypres on 9 May 1915.

      Pre-war NZ tennis champion - won Wimbledon 1910-1913 singles - November 1914 reported as given granted a temporary commission as Hon. Second Lieutenant Royal Marines & appointed to the HMS Victory, additional, for Royal Naval Division and was to go to France - posted RNAS Armoured Cars and promoted to Captain. Was killed in action at the Battle of Aubers Ridge near Neuve Chapelle - buried at Rue-des-Berceaux Military Cemetary age 31 Was reported as 2nd Lt Royal Marines Press February 1915 AWMM
    • He was commissioned in the RM Divisional Train but spent most of his career attached to the Royal Naval Air Service Armoured Car Division. His work was useful to Army Intelligence. Public - Brett - Researcher - 12 March 2015 - various but check his biography 'Captain Anthony Wilding" for one
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About death

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  • Death
    9 May 1915 Te Ara
    Age 31 AWMM
    Neuve-ChapelleFrance Te Ara
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Neuve Chapelle, France Public - Brett - Researcher - 12 March 2015 - bio Captain Anthong Wilding
  • Cause of death
    • Died of wounds AWMM
    • Injuries sustained from a german shell (reported to have died instantly) Public - Brett - Researcher - 12 March 2015 - bio Captain Anthong Wilding
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    Rue-des-Berceaux Military Cemetery, Richebourg-l'Avoue, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM II. D. 37. AWMM
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  • Hello, We are/I am the direct and closest descendants of Anthony Wilding the tennis player. Please direct any enquiries to me or regarding Anthony Wilding or Thank you A. Wilding
    Public - A. Wilding - Direct descendant - 20 July 2017



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
30 April 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
20 July 2017A. WildingWorlwide and NZDirect descendant
12 March 2015BrettAucklandResearcher

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