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Philip Henry Franklin Wiseman, Lieutenant, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Philip Henry Franklin Wiseman came to Cambridge in 1906 from Clifton College, Bristol, as a Rustat Scholar in Classics for which he was awarded £80. The scholarship was justified as he graduated in 1909 with a First Class (Division 3) in the Classical Tripos, Part I.​

Born: Buxted, Sussex on 7 February 1887

Died of wounds received in action: 27 October 1917

The Jesus College Cambridge Society Annual Report 1919 obituary for Wiseman claims that he was a “fine left-handed batsman” as well as a footballer (p 36). Sadly, Chanticlere, the student magazine was not in print for most of Wiseman’s time at Jesus so there are no reports of his sporting abilities nor any other of his other activities as a student.

His obituary in the Annual Report tells us what Wiseman did after he left College 1909. Initially he spent some time studying French before becoming an Assistant Master at Wellington College and later at Llandovery College in the Brecon Beacons.

He joined the Public Schools Battalion as a Private soldier at the start of the war before being gazetted to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in the summer of 1915. A year later he was promoted to Lieutenant.

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