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, and then to 80 Radstock Road in Reading, Berks when 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.”