Henry Tingle Wilde was born on 21st September 1872 in Liverpool (where his father Henry Wilde senior had relocated from Loxley). He was taken to Loxley just a month after his birth to be baptised at the Loxley Chapel - an indication of the importance of the chapel to the Wilde family who had worshipped there for generations.
Henry’s father, Henry Wilde senior (born 1838) relocated from Loxley to Liverpool where he obtained the post of 'Chief Clerk and Cashier to the Liverpool and London Insurance Companies' and later became a 'Surveyor of Risks and Assessor of Losses' in Liverpool. Henry Tingle Wilde grew up in the Walton district of the maritime port city and embarked on a seafaring career, becoming a Royal Navy Reserve officer and rising up the ranks with the White Star Line shipping company, culminating in his appointment as Chief Officer on the RMS Titanic's first and last voyage.
Henry's baptism entry is the last entry on this page.
Original at Sheffield City Archives: NR2324/1.
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