Wilfred was born in Droylsden in about 1890. His brother, George, was four years older. When the 1901 Census was taken, they were living with their grandparents, John and Mary Pickles, at 93 Holland Street, Denton. Also at home was John and Mary's 31 year old unmarried daughter, Eliza. She was, presumably, the mother of the two boys. Their father is not known.
In the late Spring of 1914, Wilfred married Elizabeth Capper at St Mark's Church, Bredbury and they set up home together in nearby Woodley. By the middle of September, War had been declared; Wilfred had volunteered for the army and he was aboard a ship heading for Egypt and the Sudan. He spent the next seven months there undergoing his army training "on the job". Some details of this time can be found here.
On 3 May, Wilfred and his mates left the safety of Egypt to go into action at Gallipoli, landing on the 7th. Within a month, he was dead. Along with many young Stopfordians, he had been killed in this attack.
Two years later, Elizabeth married Sydney Cohn, also at St Mark's Church, and went to live at 7 Bank Street, Haughton Green Road, Denton.