Wilfred Sellars was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in September 1893. His parents were William Sellars, a teacher at Wakefield Prison, and Jane Brady, whom William had met while stationed with the British Army in Dublin in 1878.
The family moved to London when William Sellars moved to Pentonville Prison. The 1901 Census shows John William Sellars (Wilf’s elder brother) living at 7 Pentonville Cottage, Market St, Islington. (Market Street no longer exists but may have been near Market Road, adjacent to the site of the old cattle market.)
The family also lived in 80 Radstock Road in Reading, Berks when the father, William Sellars, moved to Reading Gaol.
In 1913, Wilfred Sellars worked as a messenger in Barnet post office where he met his wife-to-be, Laura Bowyer. He sent her, as a photocard, the above picture of the 4th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Wilf who was playing the bugle, wrote: “Your ‘umble is centre of 5th rank with hat tilted back.”