Anthony Frederick Wilding
Former Wimbledon Tennis Champion, 1907 (Doubles), 1908 (Doubles), 1910 (Singles & Doubles), 1911 (Singles), 1912 (Singles) & 1913 (Singles). Educated New Zealand; Trinity College, Cambridge, B.A. Called to the English Bar, Inner Temple, 1906; qualified
Captain Anthony “Tony” Frederick Wilding was a champion tennis player from Christchurch, New Zealand and a Marine Officer killed in action during World War One. He won 11 Major titles including six in singles and five in doubles and was both World Hard Court and World Covered Court champion, then an ILTF Major. Wilding also won the Davis Cup four times playing for Australasia, and won a bronze medal at the indoor singles tennis event of the 1912 Olympics.
Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted in the Royal Marines and was killed on 9 May 1915 during the Battle of Aubers Ridge at Neuve-Chapelle, France. He was attached to the Armoured Car Division of the Royal Naval Air Service and his mobile 3 pound gun was in action in the front lines when he was killed by German shelling.
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