The son of Sir Offley Wakeman, 3rd Baronet, of Perdiswell Hall in the County of Worcester and his wife Catherine Mary née Rouse Boughton, he was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.
During the First World War he held a commission in the Grenadier Guards, reaching the rank of captain. He was wounded at the Western Front, and afterwards served as aide-de-camp to the Governor of New South Wales and to the Viceroy of India.
In 1922 he was elected to the London County Council as one of two Municipal Reform Party councillors representing Stepney, Mile End. He served only a single three-year term as a councillor, with the Labour Party gaining both Mile End seats in 1925. He was however co-opted onto the county council's education committee, serving until 1930.
In 1928 he became a member of Shropshire County Council, becoming a county alderman in 1940 and remaining a member until 1970. He was chairman of the council from 1943-1963, and also served on the education committee. He was created a justice of the peace for the county in 1927, was High Sheriff of Shropshire for the year 1934 and was vice-lieutenant for the county from 1950-1969.
In 1929 his father died and he succeeded to the baronetcy. He was twice married: in 1920 to Winifred Prideaux-Brune, who died in 1925; and in 1929 to Josceline Ethelreda, widow of Walter Leeke, and daughter of Major-General Bertram Mitford.
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