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JOSEPH HENRY CAPENER

Joseph Henry Capener was born in Birmingham. He enlisted in Winchester at the outbreak of war with the Kings Royal Rifles 11th Battalion – Rifleman R/6254

He was sent to the front in May 1915. He was badly burnt in February 1917 and hospitalised in England. He returned to the front in May 1917.

He died of wounds on 8 August 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 24.

He probably died at a casualty clearing station was there were three based in the vicinity.

He was buried at the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Ypres, Plot II.F.9

He is commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Roll of Honour (Matthew Rhodes).

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/101B21 page 2615 and the 1915 Star Medal M/2B page 523.

Army Service Record - The quality of the records is very poor and hard to read.

He joined at Winchester on 4.11.1914 but his address is not filled in. He was posted on 10.11.1914 to France. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 18.11.1915 and to Corporal on 1.9.1916. He asked to be demoted back to rifleman on 12.12.1916.

He was wounded in action on 15 September 1916 and suffered burns on 7 February 1917. He was sent to England between 23 February 1917 and 23 May 1917.

His next of kin was Amelia Capener of “Midland Cottages”, Hewell Road, Barnt Green near Bromsgrove.

After Joseph died, his mother was sent his effects of knife, watch/guard and strap, a case, photos, his disc and his purse. She was also sent his medals as well as the regimental scroll and plaque. In addition, she was also sent the Princess Mary Christmas 1914 gift that had been sent to every soldier serving at that time.

Joseph Capener was the only son of Louis and Amelia Capener.

Joseph Capener moved to Sutton Coldfield from Barnt Green after the 1911 census and prior to enlisting had worked as a gardener for Mr E. J. Wood of Broomie Close, Sutton Coldfield. He resided at 71 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield before he enlisted.” (Sutton Coldfield News 18.8.1917)


1911 census “Midland Cottages”, Hewell Road, Barnt Green near Bromsgrove

Amelia Capener W 49 b Birmingham

Ellen Capener U 25 Domestic servant b Birmingham

Harry Capener U 18 Gardener b Birmingham

Amelia had been married for 29 years prior to being widowed. She had five children, two of whom had died. This had been crossed out by the enumerator.


1901 census “House Lodge”, Lindhurst, Lickey near Bromsgrove

Louis Capener M 38 Domestic gardener b Cleeve, Gloucs

Amelia Capener M 39 b Birmingham

Ellen Capener 15 b Birmingham

Elsie Capener 12 b Birmingham

Harry Capener 8 b Birmingham


GABRIEL CARPENTER

Gabriel Carpenter was born in Bridgtown in Cannock. He enlisted in Birmingham with the 3100 Warwickshire Infantry (T.F.) and then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps 100th Company - Private 164472

He was killed in action on 29 September 1918 (France & Flanders).

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-Artois Memorial, Panel 10

He was commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (Matthew Rhodes)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals MGC C/101 B 108 page 8974



GABRIEL CARPENTER - SCROLL AND PLAQUE


GABRIEL CARPENTER


HIS GRANDPARENTS GABRIEL AND MATILDA CARPENTER


With many thanks to Jane Guest, grand -daughter of David and Ada Tuffley for sharing these photographs, medals and information about her family.

Gabriel Carpenter was the son of the late Gabriel and Emma Carpenter, formerly Robinson and the grandson of Gabriel and Matilda Carpenter, formerly Beech. Gabriel Carpenter was the husband of Gertrude E Sumner. The marriage of Gabriel Carpenter and Gertrude E Sumner was registered December 1915 Aston 6d 1338. It is not known what happened to Gertrude Carpenter or if the couple had any children.

In 1911 Matilda Carpenter lived at 27 Spring Street, Cannock.

Matilda later went to live with her daughter Ada Tuffley at 151 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield.

Matilda died in Sutton Coldfield in 1940 aged 100.


1911 census 151 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

David William Tuffley M 33 Coal merchant & haulier – employer b Moreton in the Marsh

Ada Tuffley M 35 Married 12 years with 2 children b Bridgtown, Cannock

Frederick Tuffley 11 b Sutton Coldfield

William Tuffley 7 b Sutton Coldfield

Gabriel Carpenter 13 Nephew Grocer’s errand boy b Aston - incorrect

 

1901 census Spring Street, Bridgtown, Cannock

Matilda Carpenter W 61 b Wyrley Bank, Staffs

Ernest A Carpenter U 32 Postman b Bridgtown

William Carpenter U 21 Edge tool works warehouseman b Bridgtown

Matilda Carpenter U 19 b Bridgtown

Gabriel Carpenter 3 Grandson b Bridgtown


1891 census Cross Street, Bridgtown, Cannock

Gabriel Carpenter M 59 Edge tool maker b Churchtown

Matilda Carpenter M 51 b Churchtown

Ambrose Carpenter U 22 Edge tool worker b Bridgtown

Percy Carpenter U 20 Edge tool worker b Bridgtown

Gabriel Carpenter U 18 Edge tool maker b Bridgtown

Benjamin Carpenter 13 b Bridgtown

William Decimus Carpenter 11 b Bridgtown

Mabel Carpenter 9 b Bridgtown


Churchtown and Bridgtown are suburbs of Cannock

Gabriel Carpenter (senior) of Bridgtown, Cannock, died on 19 June 1891

However, his Will was only proved in London on 7 August 1924 with administration to Betsy Carpenter, Spinster. Effects: £82.4s.2d

Gabriel Carpenter married Emma Robinson on 8 November 1896 at St Clements Church, Nechells in Birmingham.

Gabriel was a bachelor aged 24 and worked as an edge tool make.

He resided at 23 Argyll Street Nechells. His father was Gabriel Carpenter, deceased, a tool grinder.

Emma Robinson was a spinster aged 30 of 52 Railway Terrace, Nechells. Her father was William Robinson, deceased a die forger,

Gabriel and Emma Carpenter were not found on the 1901 and 1911 census.

Gabriel Carpenter, born 1873, however died in 1923 in Cannock.

David William Tuffley

David William Tuffley, husband of Ada Carpenter, also died as a result of the Great War.

See his entry below for further details


ARTHUR CARTER

Arthur Carter was born and enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Battalion - Private 21024

He was killed in action on 20 September 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 32.

He was buried at the Bedford House Cemetery Enclosure No 4, Zillebeke, Plot XII.L.19

He was killed at the Battle of the Menin Road.

The 10th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment were the reserve regiment for the 57th Brigade which attacked just east of Battle Wood.

The temperature was 66 degrees F and it was overcast with no rainfall.” (SDBD)

Arthur Carter is commemorated on the Whitehouse Common Roll of Honour at St Chad’s Church, Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B6 page 1258

No other military records were found online.

Arthur Carter was the youngest son of Mrs Carter of Whitehouse Common Road, Sutton Coldfield”.  (Sutton Coldfield News 10.11.1917)

 

1911 census Whitehouse Common, Sutton Coldfield

Arthur Carter M 64 Farm labourer b Sutton Coldfield

Ellen Carter M 63 Married 31 years with 4 children b Curdworth

Arthur Carter U 26 Waggoner for general haulier b Sutton Coldfield

Ellen Carter M 23 Married 1 year no children b Sutton Coldfield

Esmey Carter 2 Grand -daughter b Sutton Coldfield

William Townsend M 37 Son in law – cowman on farm b Coynton, Warks

John Mason U 66 Boarder – labourer on farm b Sutton Coldfield


EDWARD CARTWRIGHT

Edward Cartwright was born at Tipperary, Cork in Ireland on 19 June 1899. He enlisted with the Royal Air Force 104 Squadron - Lieutenant

He was killed in action on 22 August 1918 aged 19 (Western Front)

He was buried at the Roppenheim Communal Cemetery (France) at the west end immediately right of the entrance.

On the day he died, he was flying a DH9 with Lieutenant A.G.L. Mullen who was also killed.

104 Squadron suffered their heaviest losses of the war on 22 August 1918 losing seven DH9 planes on a bombing raid on Mannheim.

They were attacked on their way to the objective and again whilst bombing. At one point there were perhaps forty enemy fighters engaging them. Two DH9’s e lost before Mannheim and another five over it.” (Source: ‘The Sky Their Battlefield’ by Trevor Henshaw – reproduced online)

Edward Cartwright was commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield United Reform Church Memorial

He was also commemorated on the Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Roll of Honour (David Phillips)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals BV C225

No further military records were found online for Edward Cartwright. However, it was recorded that he was “Mentioned in Dispatches” whilst serving with the 104 Squadron.

Edward Cartwright was born on 19 June 1899 and was the son of Thomas James and Ann Cartwright of “Erlescote”, Victoria Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

1911 census “The Croft”, Woodlands Park Road, Kings Norton

Thomas James Cartwright M 55 Estate agent – employer b Ashton under Lyme

Ann Cartwright M 47 Married 22 years – 5 children b Ashton under Lyme

Tom Ashton Cartwright U 21 Electrical engineer – council b Denbigh

Walter Harold Cartwright U 19 Estate agent office assistant b Tipperary, Cork

Harry Bertram Cartwright U 16 Student b Tipperary, Cork

James Dennis Cartwright 14 Student b Tipperary, Cork

Edward Cartwright 11 Student b Tipperary, Cork

Jane Cartwright U 22 Cook b Aston

James Dennis Cartwright

James Dennis Cartwright was a Second Lieutenant with the 1/5 South Staffordshire Regiment – no service number was found.

He entered the war in France on 4 June 1916.

He was wounded on 3 July 1916 and returned to England

The Cartwright family were listed at 104 Victoria Road on the 1914/15 Electoral Roll and 1918 Electoral Roll.

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Lieutenant Edward Cartwright

104th Squadron, Royal Air Force

Died: Thursday 22nd August 1918

Aged: 19

104th (Bomber) Squadron, commanded by Major J C Quinnell, were equipped with the DeHaviland 9 (DH.9). The squadron’s motto ‘STRIKE HARDwas particularly apt because it was engaged in continuous and heavy attacks with heavy losses during 1918.  At dawn on 22nd August 1918 Nos. 104 and 99 Squadrons set of for Mannheim. The climb to 12,000 feet exhausted a great deal of fuel and seven crippled machines soon retired. The remaining machines of No. 99 Squadron attacked Hagneau Aerodrome, leaving No. 104 Squadron more prone to German interceptor scouts attacking from 14,000 ft.

From Major General Trenchard’s monthly report to the War Office

On the 22nd August ten machines of No.104 Squadron reached the Badische Aniline und Soda Fabrik chemical works at Mannheim and dropped bombs from 11,500 ft. On their way to Mannheim the formation was very heavily attacked and lost two machines. Severe fighting continued over the objective, but useful results were observed. Seven bombs burst on the Factory and four fires broke out.

One direct hit was scored on a large new building immediately south of the Factory, and a fire was also caused in a Factory on the east of the River. The hostile machines pressed their attack throughout the return journey and five more of our machines fell. The enemy lost three machines during the fighting, and others were driven down out of control.

Lt. Cartwrights aircraft (D5729) was seen to spin down shortly after the target. He was acting formation leader at the time. With eleven men prisoners of war and three killed in action, the broken squadron was scratched from the Order of battle.

The Independent Force flew 2,865 hours, dropped 100 tons of bombs and destroyed 19 hostile aircraft during August 1918. However, it had 27 machines missing with a high proportion of those being DH 9s; questions were being asked about the effectiveness of this aircraft.

Edward Cartwright is buried in Roppenheim Communal Cemetery, Bas-Rhin, France. He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square.

Edward Cartwright attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1912 and 1916. He was known as Paddy II to his school friends. He was a sergeant in the cadets, football captain and Blue House captain in 1916. During a visit to the school in the spring of 1918 he described with great enthusiasm the first direct hit he obtained on a filing factory and the ‘bust-upthat followed. Edward had been 'Mentioned in Despatches' while with 104 Squadron.

Paddy is buried with Lieutenant Arnold George Leighton Mullen of the 5th Durham Light Infantry, attached to 104th Squadron, who was the observer of the aircraft. His older brother 2nd Lt. J D Cartwright survived the War.”

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)


HOWARD PARKER CASHMORE

Howard Parker Cashmore was born in Aston on 28 May 1885.

He originally enlisted with the Imperial Territorial Yeomanry of Staffordshire County (according to his attestation record in Canada which was in his own handwriting). However, other records suggest he enlisted with the Warwickshire Yeomanry as a trooper. He served for a total of three years as a trooper.  He ended up in the 42nd Battalion of the Quebec Regiment of the Canadian Infantry – Private 472066

Howard enlisted in the 65th Battalion Canadian Infantry on 14 June 1915 in Wadena, Saskatchewan, stating his trade as electrical engineer.

He was granted harvest leave’ between 31 July and 15 September 1915 and sailed from Montreal in the “S. S. Corsican” on 25 September 1915, arriving in England on 4 October 1915. He was transferred to the 7th Field Company, 3rd Divisional Canadian Engineers as a sapper on 5 February 1916 and embarked for France on 3 April 1916.

He had been at the Front for two months when, on 10 June 1916, he was sent to the 3rd Divisional Rest Station with shell shock, returning to his unit on 15 June 1916. On 1 April 1917 Howard was transferred to the 42nd Battalion (The Canadian Black Watch) in time for their attack on Vimy Ridge.

From 15 May 1917 another spell was spent at Base, presumably with shell shock, and he rejoined his unit on 19 May 1917. He was killed in action less than a month later on the 9 June 1917. He was aged 31 when he died.”

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

Army Service Record

Howard Parker Cashmore was buried at La Chaudiere British Military Cemetery, Vimy, France, Plot III, Grave 1, Row 7

He had served on the front in France for eighteen months. He had been hospitalised when suffering from shell shock twice. He had just come back to the front from hospital when he was killed during the night of 8th/ 9th June 1917. According to his Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force papers, he was born on 28 May 1885 in Birmingham and he was an electrical engineer. The address was in Quebec but is hard to make out. His wife was Beatrice Mary Cashmore. Howard was 5’ 7 ½” tall and had a chest measurement of 37 ½”. He had a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was C of E and was declared fit for service.  According to the Canadian War Graves Circumstances of Casualty records, he was killed by a shell during a raid on enemy positions on the early morning of June 9 1917 at La Folie Sector, close to Lens, France.

Howard Cashmore was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs W Cashmore of “Wynyates”, Station Road, Wylde Green.

He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. He emigrated to Canada where he worked as a farmer. He was a keen amateur photographer.

He left a widow and a young son. His wife lived at 25 Holland Street, Sutton Coldfield at the time of his death.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 28.7.1917)


1911 census 69 Station Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

William Cashmore M 58 Gun manufacturer – employer b Birmingham

Mary Hannah R Cashmore M 55 Married 21 years – 3 children b Aston

Marjorie Ruth Cashmore U 21 b Wylde Green

Florence Brown U 32 Domestic servant b Lichfield

Edith Cooper U 19 Domestic servant b Dordon


1901 census Station Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

William Cashmore M 48 Gun maker b Birmingham

Mary H R Cashmore M 45 b Aston

William F Cashmore U 19 Gun maker b Erdington

Howard P Cashmore 15 b Aston

Marjorie R Cashmore 11 b Sutton Coldfield

Mary Martin U 30 Domestic servant b Rowley

Baptism

Howard Parker Cashmore was baptised on 18 June 1885 at St Peter & St Paul, Aston.

His parents were William and Mary Hannah Ruth Cashmore of ‘The Village’, Aston.

His father was a gun maker.

Shipping manifest

Howard Parker Cashmore sailed on the Empress of Britain on March 12 1908 from Liverpool to St John, New Brunswick, Canada.

He sailed as a single man

THE CANADIAN WAR GRAVE COMMISSION RECORD FOR HOWARD PARKER CASHMORE

Research by David Phillips. Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private 472066 Howard Parker Cashmore

42nd Battalion Canadian Infantry

(Quebec Regiment - the Canadian Black Watch)

Died: Saturday 9th June 1917

Aged: 31

On the night of 8/9 June the 42nd Battalions objective in a Brigade Raid were the German Acorn (Front Line) and Adept (Second line) trenches 75yards west of the Lens-Arras railway on the outskirts of Avion (north of Vimy) and hold them for a time before retiring.

The Raid was a success with twenty six prisoners and two machine guns captured.

German shelling of the captured trenches caused: killed 4 other ranks; wounded 2 officers and 45 other ranks. 9 officers and 420 other ranks from the battalion took part in the raid.

Private Cashmore died on the night of 8/9 June 1917.

Howard Cashmore is buried in La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, Vimy, Plot 3, Row F, Grave 1

The inscription reads: “Death divides but memory clings".

He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square and St Peters Church, Maney.

After school he served in the Staffordshire Yeomanry for three years and was considered a good shot.

Howard emigrated to Canada in 1909 and became a farmer.

He was a keen and highly successful amateur photographer, producing some remarkably artistic results.

His elder brother emigrated to Australia.

He was married to Beatrice Mary Cashmore (nee Gibbs) who had moved from Margo, Saskatchewan to 25 Holland Street, Sutton Coldfield in 1915.

Howard and Beatrice Mary Cashmore had one son.”

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)


HOWARD VICTOR CASHMORE

The Sutton Coldfield War Memorial does not list Howard Victor Cashmore, but he is commemorated on the St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Roll of Honour (Graham Jennings). It has been decided that he should be commemorated in this research.

Howard Victor Cashmore was born on 4 February 1896 in Birmingham. He enlisted in Birmingham with the 1st /8th TA Battalion T A, Warwickshire Regiment (South Midland Division) – Private 3157, later promoted to Sergeant.

Howard Victor Cashmore died on 1 July 1916 in France and Flanders. He was killed in action.

He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Panel 9A, 9B and 10B.

Howard Victor Cashmore is also commemorated on the Royal Warwickshire Regiment ‘Book of Remembrance’ at St Mary’s Church, Warwick, and the ‘Birmingham Book of Remembrance’ at the Birmingham Hall of Remembrance.

Howard V Cashmore is commemorated on the King Edward Grammar School, Aston Roll of Honour (Sylvia Williams)

He is listed in ‘The Somme and the Ancre 1916-1917, part VIII of the Campfield- Chilton Records’

Sgt Howard Victor Cashmore 3157 1st/ 8th Bn. RWR died 1.7.1916

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B6 page 1890 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 84

The Battalion

The 1st/ 8th Battalion were based at Aston Cross. They had just left for summer camp when war was declared and they were instantaneously recalled back to Birmingham. They were mobilised on 5 August 1914 and moved with the brigade to Chelmsford in Essex during the second week of August. They commenced training and were then sent to Folkestone en route to Boulogne, France on about 22 March 1915. They then moved on to Cassel on about the 3 April 1915.

They were concentrated with the division and on 13 May 1915 formed the 143rd Brigade 48th (South Midland) Division. In June 1916 Howard Victor Cashmore was promoted to sergeant. The Battalion progressed to the Somme Salient and saw action during the Battle of the Somme (1.7.1916 – 18.11.1916) at the first phase known as the Battle of Albert (1.7.16 – 13.7.16). During the first day of the battle, while assaulting the German defensive line known as the Quadrilateral (Heidenkop),

Howard Victor Cashmore was killed in action. He was aged 20.” (David Eason and Graham Jennings, Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project)

Howard Victor Cashmore was the son of Herbert Henry and Ellen Eliza Cashmore

 

1911 census “Braemore”, Little Green Lanes, Erdington

Herbert Henry Cashmore M 52 Foreman joiner worker b Hatton, Warwickshire

Ellen Eliza Cashmore M 51 Married 30 years – 11 children b Clifford Chambers

Herbert Maurice Cashmore U 29 Public librarian city council b Birmingham

Horace Edgar Cashmore U 25 House painter/ paper hanger, emp. b Birmingham

Percy George Cashmore U 22 Plumber – employer b Birmingham

Barry Augustus Cashmore U 20 Plumber b Birmingham

Frank Harry Cashmore U 17 Designer of art metal work b Birmingham

Howard Victor Cashmore 15 House painter/paper hanger b Birmingham

Olive Maud Cashmore 12 b Birmingham

Dorothy May Cashmore 10 b Birmingham

Frederick Charles Cashmore 6 b Smethwick

Clifford Chambers is in Gloucestershire


1901 census 54 Eliot Street, Nechells St Clement, Birmingham

Herbert H Cashmore M 42 Carpenter b Hatton, Warks

Ellen E Cashmore M 41 b Clifford Chambers

Herbert M Cashmore U 19 Library assistant b Birmingham

Ernest A Cashmore U 17 Clerk at whiskey distillery b Birmingham

Archibald Cashmore 16 Carpenter b Birmingham

Percy G Cashmore 12 b Birmingham

Barry A Cashmore 10 b Birmingham

Frank H Cashmore 7 b Birmingham

Howard V Cashmore 5 b Birmingham

Olive M Cashmore 2 b Birmingham

Dorothy M Cashmore 5 months old b Birmingham

Herbert Henry Cashmore married Ellen Eliza Morris on 19 December 1880 at Islington

Baptism at St Clements Church, Nechells

Howard Victor Cashmore was born on 4 February 1896 and baptised on 8 March 1896 to parents Herbert Henry and Ellen Eliza Cashmore of 54 Eliot Street. Herbert was a joiner.

Horace Edgar Cashmore

Horace Edgar served with the Berkshire Regiment then transferred to the Labour Corps -Private 26869

He lived at 493 Belchers Lane Ideal Village, Birmingham. He was aged 30 when he enlisted. He worked as a decorator. He was 5’ 4 ½ inches tall and had a chest measurement of 36”.

He was attested on 11 December 1915 at Reading (Army Reserve) and then posted on 10 June 1916. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 7 September 1916.

He was transferred to the Labour Corps on 28 April 1917 and posted on 5 June 1917.

He was promoted to Corporal on 1 December 1917 and acting sergeant on 30 November 1918. He was discharged on 25 February 1919.

His wife was Elsie Helena Hart. They were married on 30 May 1914 at Ward End Church, Birmingham

Horace Edgar Cashmore of 4 Hatfield Road, Weston Super Mare died on 15 December 1959 at the Mendip Hospital in Wells.

Probate was at Bristol on 18 January 1960 with administration to Barclays Bank Ltd. Effects: £1836 2s 10d


Ernest Albert Cashmore

Ernest Albert Cashmore served with the Royal Flying Corps – 32218

He enlisted on 14 June 1916 at Birmingham at the age of 32 years 11 months.

He lived at 34 Sycamore Road, Erdington. He was married and worked as a carpenter.

His wife was Fanny nee Boswell and they were married on 6 June 1908 at St Clements Church, Nechells.

They had one daughter, Nellie who was born on 28 December 1912.

Ernest Cashmore was posted to the G. E. A. campaign on 10 October 1916 until 28 November 1917.

He was discharged from service on 21 January 1919 as he was no longer medically fit to serve.


JOHN CASHMORE

John Cashmore was born in Shustoke and enlisted at Warwick with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 9th Battalion – Private 4766

He was killed in action on 10 August 1915 at Gallipoli (Balkans).

The 9th Battalion had been involved in the Suvla landings.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli – Panel 35-37

John Cashmore was commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals – L/104 B6 page 1891 and 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 85

No further military history was found online.

John Cashmore was the son of William and Emma Cashmore of 9 Four Oaks Common Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census 9 Common Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

William Charles Cashmore M 53 Gardener b Coleshill

Emma Cashmore M 52 Married 20 years, 8 children 2 died b Over Whittaker

John Cashmore 16 Errand boy at hardware shop b Shustoke

Frank Cashmore 12 b Shustoke

Alfred Cashmore 7 b Shustoke

Coleshill, Over Whitaker and Shustoke are in Warwickshire


1901 census Back Lane, Shustoke, Warwickshire

William Cashmore M 43 Waggoner on farm b Coleshill

Emma Cashmore M 42 b Over Whittaker

Daniel Cashmore U 18 Navvy b Shustoke

Percy Cashmore 13 b Shustoke

William Cashmore 10 b Shustoke

Harry Cashmore 8 b Shustoke

John Cashmore 6 b Shustoke

Frank Cashmore 2 b Shustoke


SYDNEY NORTON CAVIT

Sydney Norton Cavit was born in Wolverhampton on 9 April 1898. He enlisted on 13 May 1916 at Warwick with the 7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Reserve) - Private 6225. He was transferred to the 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 30 August 1917 – Private 267663.

Sydney Norton Cavit was killed in action on 4 October 1917 (France & Flanders)

His army service records state that he was buried about half a mile SW of Langemarck and ¾ of a mile North of Ypres – this was the Cement House Cemetery at Langemarck, Ypres, Plot VIII.F.8

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L104/B6 page 1309

Army Service Record

He was 18 years and one month old when he first enlisted at Warwick. He lived at “Mostyn”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield. He was a student.

He was 5’ 8” tall and has a chest measurement of 35 ½”.

After attestation he was posted to the 7th reserve on 14 May 1916 then posted on 28 July 1916 to the front (France & Flanders).

He was then re-posted on 30 August 1917 to the 1st Battalion and given a new number – 267663.

Two identity discs were sent to Mr Joseph Cavit of 31 Stirling Road, Edgbaston

Sydney Norton Cavit was the son of Joseph John Cavit and Frances Ellen Cavit.

John Cavit was a Manager and House Furnisher and the family lived at Mostyn, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks Sutton Coldfield and later at 31 Stirling Road, Edgbaston in Birmingham.

He attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1912 and 1916. Sydney achieved the Leaving Exhibition award from the school in 1916.

He attested in the 3/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment from school on 13 May 1916 at the age of 18 years and 1month and joined the Army Reserve. On 24 November 1916 he was posted to the 7th RWR.

On 22 August 1917 he embarked for Rouen, France and was posted to the 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 30 August 1917.”

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)


1911 census “Mostyn”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

Joseph John Cavit M 56 Furniture salesman b Northampton

Frances Ellen Cavit M 52 Apartment letting b Pottersbury, N’hants

Alice Ann Cavit U 32 Dentist’s assistant b Wolverhampton

Edith Mary Cavit U 19 Elementary school teacher b Wolverhampton

Dorothy Elaine Cavit U 17 b Wolverhampton

Sydney Norton Cavit 12 b Wolverhampton

Joseph and Frances had been married for 23 years.

The family were not found on the 1901 census.

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private 267663 Sydney Norton Cavit

1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Thursday 4th October 1917

Aged: 19

The 1st Royal Warwicks, (10th Brigade, 4th Division) were attacking to the North of the Langemarck-Poelcapelle Road.  The long-term aim was to attack through the Houthulst Forest and outflank the northern end of the Passchendaele Ridge. The attack commenced at 6.00am with the Warwicks in reserve.  The Laudetbeek Marsh and 19 Metre Hill were crossed and consolidated. At 3.00pm the Germans counter-attacked but were beaten off when the 1st Warwicks and 1st East Lancs came to assist, together with enfilade fire from the 29th Division on their left. Two companies of the 1st Warwicks filled a gap between the 4th and 29th Divisions.  Private Cavit and 13 other ranks were killed in the fighting. Sydney Cavit is buried in Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck: Plot 8, Row F, Grave 8. Sydney Cavit is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square.  (David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)


GEORGE NELSON CHAMBERLAIN

George Nelson Chamberlain was born in Little Sutton, Hill, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham in May 1915 with the Royal Army Service Corps 629th Company – 27th Motor Corps, Motor Mechanic– M2/100210

He was killed in action on 28 August 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 28.

He had been in an ambulance convoy when he was killed.

He was buried at the Rocquigny Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt near Baffume – Plot I.B.16

George Nelson Chamberlain is commemorated on the St James Church Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose St James Church)

George Chamberlain was commemorated on the Boldmere Swimming Club Memorial.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RASC/101 B68 page 6900 and the 1915 Star Medal RASC/5B4 page 3784

George Nelson Chamberlain was the son of George and Alice Chamberlain of “The Grange”, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield. He was the husband of Alice Chamberlain.

George Nelson Chamberlain married Elizabeth A Johnson on 22 May 1915 in Sutton Coldfield.

It is not known if George Nelson and Elizabeth Chamberlain had any children.

He got married on 22 May 1915. His wife’s mother lived at the “Halfway House Public House”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks. The wedding reception was held at the Halfway House and the honeymoon was in London.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 16.9.1916)

He was the eldest son of George and Alice Olive Chamberlain. He enlisted in May 1915 and went to the front in August 1915.

He was a motor mechanic in the R.A.S.C. and his last home leave was in November 1916.” (Sutton Coldfield News 1.9.1917)


1911 census Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield (no abode specified)


George Chamberlain M 51 Grocer/ general dealer own account b Sutton Coldfield

Alice Olive Chamberlain M 48 Assists with business b Worcester

Nelson Chamberlain U 21 Motor engineer – own account b Sutton Coldfield

William Chamberlain U 18 Motor engineer – own account b Sutton Coldfield

Olive Chamberlain 16 Apprentice – hard to read b Sutton Coldfield

Reginald Chamberlain 14 Apprentice motor engineer b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Davies U 23 Boarder b Redditch

George and Alice had been married for 22 years. They had five children, one of whom had died.

In 1901 the Chamberlain family lived at Little Sutton where George Chamberlain was a farmer of his own account. The farm name is not specified

Alfred Davis also served during the Great War and was killed in action on 3 September 1918 in France.

See his entry below.

REGINALD BERTRAM CLIVE CHOPPING

Reginald Chopping was born in 1893 at Grassingdale in Lancashire. He enlisted with the 2nd City Battalion in Birmingham 1914 and later was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Brigade 15th Battalion - Private 163. He served as a signaller.

He was killed in action on 28 August 1916, at Delville Wood (France & Flanders) aged 23.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

He is also commemorated on the Four Oaks Memorial.

He worshipped at St James Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose St James Church)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals – L/104 BY page 1394 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 93

Reginald Chopping was born at Grassingdale, Lancashire and was the son of Walter Clive and Alice Maud Reynolds Chopping of “Fairlight”, 177 Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

He was educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham and was employed at the National Provincial Bank, Bennetts Hill Birmingham.” (Sutton Coldfield News 16.9.1916)

Baptism

Reginald Bertram Clive Chopping was born on 4 May 1893 at Grassingdale and baptised on 28 May 1893 at St Paul’s Church in Liverpool to Walter and Alice Chopping.

His father was an agent and the family lived at 15 Marmion Road, Liverpool.


1911 census “Fairlight”, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield

Walter C Chopping M 51 Private means b London

Alice Chopping M 47 Married 21 years – 2 children I died b Pembroke

Reginald Chopping 17 Bank Clerk b Liverpool

Mary Bird U 21 Domestic servant b Cannock


1901 census “Fairlight”, 177 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield

Walter Clive Chopping M 41 Ret. Agent in office furniture b Old Kent Road

Alice M Chopping M 37 b Pembroke

Gordon Chopping 9 b Liverpool

Reginald C Chopping 7 b Liverpool

Alice Storer U 22 Domestic servant b Brownhills

The Old Kent Road is in London

Probate

Reginald Bertram Clive Chopping of “Fairview”, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, Private 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment died 28 August 1916 in action in France.

Administration at Birmingham with Will in November 1916 to Alice Maud Reynolds Chopping, wife of Walter Clive Chopping.

Effects £490 9s 0d

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private 163 Reginald Bertram Clive Chopping

15th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Monday 28th August 1916

Aged: 23

On the evening of the 27th August 1916 the 15th Warwicks were digging new front line trenches near Falfemont Farm. This farm was described as one of the strongest redoubts ever made by the engineering skills of the Germans according to the divisional history. It lay 2.5km in front of Combles (the mid-September target) and next to Wedge Wood. They worked under heavy shelling and suffered 14 killed. They returned to their former positions during the day whilst the German artillery did their best to destroy the new line. On the evening of the 28th August they went forward to repair the damage and strengthen the trenches. Patrols were sent forward to study the wire in front of Falfemont Farm. Another 34 casualties were suffered on that day. Reginald had gone up to the Front Line with the machine gunners, where he was killed. Reginald Chopping is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial: Pier and Face 9A, 9B and 10 B. He is also commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square and St James Church, Mere Green.

Reginald Bertram Chopping attended the Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. He entered Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in 1902 and after leaving the school in 1907 he attended Deans Close School, Cheltenham for four years, the last two spent in the Officers Training Corps. His brother Gordon was also a pupil at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. He died in 1904 aged 13. Reginald Chopping was employed by the National Provincial Bank, Bennett’s Hill in Birmingham.

He joined the ‘IIIPlatoon, ‘A Company, 2nd Birmingham Battalion (15th Royal Warwickshire Regiment) in September 1914 and he later became a signaler.

After he died, the Chaplain of the Field Ambulance attached to the Battalion wrote to his parents He was a great personal friend of mine, and in his quiet way had a great influence with his company. He was always a quiet, conscientious Christian, never made a complaint, and was always the first to do anything that was wanted nothing upset him”. Walter Clive Chopping was a hardware agent for coffin furniture.”  (David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

CHARLES PHILLIP CLARK

Charles Phillip Clark was born in Erdington. He enlisted at Erdington with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 15th Battalion - Private 164

He was killed in action on 3 September 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 22

He died during the Battle of Guillemont on the Somme.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

He is also commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (Matthew Rhodes)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B7 page 1416 and 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 94

No further military records were found online.

Charles Clark was the son of Sydney George and Mary Clark who resided at “Iraq”, Birmingham Road, Middleton near Tamworth in 1916.

 

1911 census “Hawthorns”, Upper Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

Sydney Clark M 44 Debt collector for credit - draper b Birmingham

Mary Clark M 50 Married 17 years with two children b Rudge, Salop

Charles Phillip Clark 16 Warehouse lad cycle trade b Erdington

Cyril John Clark 15 Electrical worker b Handsworth

Eleanor Farmer U 43 Visitor b Rudge, Salop

The family were not found on the 1901 census.


ALBERT WILLIAM CLARKE

Albert William Clarke was born at Allesley near Coventry. He resided in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Worcestershire Regiment 2nd Battalion – Private 52283

He was killed in action on 4 July 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 19.

He was buried at the Nine Elms Cemetery, Poperinge in Belgium, Plot XI.F.5

Albert William Clarke was a church official at St James Church, Hill.

He was commemorated on their Roll of Honour. (Tina Ambrose St James Church)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/102 B6 page 1230

No further military history was found online.

Albert William Clarke was the son of Albert John and Sarah Alice Clarke of “The Beeches”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks Sutton Coldfield.

In loving memory of Private Albert W Clarke, aged 19, killed in action in France July 4th 1918.  Eldest and dearly loved son of Mr and Mrs A. J. Clarke

Sadly missed by Mother and Dad and Brother. Re-Union our abiding hope” (Sutton Coldfield News In Memorium – date not known)


1911 census “The Beeches”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

Albert John Clarke M 42 Domestic gardener b Tamworth

Sarah Alice Clarke M 41 Married 3 years with 2 children b Smethwick

Albert William Clarke 12 b Allesley

Arthur John Clarke 9 b Sparkhill Birmingham


ARTHUR CLARKE

Arthur Clarke was born in Walsall. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was formerly Private 24388 and was transferred to the Gloucestershire Regiment 13th (Service) (Forest of Dean) Battalion (Pioneers) - Private 38091. He was killed in action on 17 September 1917 aged 33. On the day he died, the temperature was 67 degrees F, it was overcast but there was no rainfall on 17 September 1917.” (SDBD)

He was buried at the Voomezeele Enclosures, Ypres, Plot I.J.7

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/101 B5 page 925

No further military records were found online.

Arthur Clarke was the husband of Alice Clarke of 22 Riland Road, Sutton Coldfield

(Alice Clarke was the sister of Alfred Higgs).

The marriage of Arthur Clarke and Alice Higgs was registered June 1910 Aston 6d 488

He was educated at Town School, Sutton Coldfield, and prior to enlisting had worked as a milkman for Mr Hancox of Belwell Lane Four Oaks.

He joined the army under the Derby Scheme on 10 March 1917.

His officer wrote that he and a number of others were in charge of some trolleys on a trench when a shell burst amongst them, killing him instantly.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 1.12. 1917)

 

1911 census 45 Ryland (sic) Road, Sutton Coldfield

Arthur Clarke M 26 Milkman b Walsall

Alice Clarke M 24 Married under 1 year. 1 child b Sutton Coldfield

Arthur Clarke 7 months old b Sutton Coldfield

Harriet Clarke W 60 Mother b Manchester

William Glover U 19 Boarder – milkman b Sutton Coldfield


1901 census 1 Reddicap Hill, Sutton Coldfield

John Glover W 50 Carter for farm b Fillongley, Warks

William Glover 9 Ag Lab b Sutton Coldfield

Arthur Clarke 16 Boarder – farm labourer b Walsall

Harriet Clarke W 54 Housekeeper b Manchester

Arthur Clarke (plus variations of surname) was not found on the 1891 census.

In 1891, Harriet Clarke, a widow aged 45 worked as a domestic servant for James Hargreaves.

James Hargreaves was a Railway Agent and they lived at 29 Fellows Road, Blackburn, Lancashire.


NATHANIEL FUHRMANN CLARKE

Nathaniel F Clarke was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He became a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Flying Corps (13th Training Squadron).

He was accidentally killed whilst flying on 1 June 1917 aged 32.

He was flying a BE2e with Air Mechanic First Class W Fozard who was also killed. On the day he died he had landed to enquire about his position due to fog. when he took off, the plane nosedived into the ground.

He was buried in Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, Plot B “C” 251 (this is not a Commonwealth War Grave).

He was born in New Zealand in 1885 and moved to the UK in 1886. He was educated at Bromsgrove School. Upon leaving school he went to work for Messrs George Clarks Marine Engineering Works in Sunderland.

He then went to Chile to work in the nitrate fields then after that contract ended he became an assistant manager for the Aranoa Railway Company. At the start of the war he asked to be released from his contract but was not released until late 1916.

He was married and had one daughter. His wife was Anita B Clarke and she resided at 108 Oakwood Court Kensington London. His parents were Mr and Mrs Edward F Clarke of “Enderwood”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

He was the brother of F. A. Clarke (Frederic Alexander) who received a military medal whilst serving as a stretcher bearer with the New Zealand Forces” (Sutton Coldfield News 12.1.1918).

He was born at Wellington New Zealand. He worked and lived in Chile and later lived in London.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 9.6.1917)

GREAT BRITAIN ROYAL AERO CLUB AVIATION CERTIFICATE AND PHOTOGRAPH

Nathaniel Fuhrmann Clarke was commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

He is also commemorated on the St James Church Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose St James Church)

Nathaniel Fuhrmann Clarke was the son of Edward and Edith Clarke

We can follow his life after he arrived in England before the 1891 census and was sent to live with an aunt and uncle. He was born in New Zealand.


1891 census “The Oaks”, Woodmanston, Surrey

Harry B James M 45 South American Merchant b Walsall

Lucy C James M 39 b Bloomsbury, London

Inez James 6 b Chile

Adrian James 10 months old b Marylebone, London

Nathaniel F Clarke 5 Nephew b Wellington, NZ

Francis J Clarke 3 Nephew b Wellington, NZ

The family employed 9 live-in servants.

In 1901, Nathaniel F Clarke was a boarder at Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire. He was 15 and was born in Wellington New Zealand.

 

1901 census 59 Stanmore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Edward F Clarke M 43 Consulting civil engineer b Bloomsbury, London

Edith E Clarke M 43 b Wellington, NZ

Mary A Clarke 12 b Aldridge

Frederic A Clarke 9 b Sutton Coldfield

Constance M Clarke 7 b Sutton Coldfield

Grace L Clarke 1 b Edgbaston


1911 census “Enderwood”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

Edward F Clarke M 53 Consulting civil engineer b Bloomsbury, London

Edith Emily Clarke M 53 Married 28 years 7 children 2 died b Wellington, NZ

Mary Acland Clarke U 22 b Aldridge

Frederic Alexander Clarke U 19 Pupil to farmer b Sutton Coldfield

Grace Lawford Clarke 11 b Birmingham


Shipping manifest

The Ship Orita arrived at Liverpool on 25 September 1916 from Chile, last stopping at Rio Janero.

Nathaniel Fuhrmann Clarke aged 30, Accountant of Victoria Chambers, 5a Temple Row; Birmingham was a first class passenger along with his wife Anita Beatrice Clarke aged 33 and daughter Frances Beatrice Clarke aged 1. It appears that Victoria Chambers, 5a Temple Row, Birmingham was the company address of his father Edward F Clarke as he is listed there in various trade directories. The couple must have got married abroad as no marriage in the UK was found for them.

Probate

Nathaniel F Clarke 2nd Lieutenant RFC died 1.6.1917 at Wokingham, Berkshire.

Probate was granted on 16.10.1918 in London to Anita Beatrice Clarke, widow. Effects: £2246. 19s. 10d


NORMAN CLEAVE

Norman Cleave was born in Aston. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall in December 1915 with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Battalion– Private 210858. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion (Territorial).

He was killed in action at Mons on 8 November 1918 at the age of 21.

He was buried at the Malplaquet Communal Cemetery, Taisnieres- Sur- Hon. The Plot is west of the main path.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RWR.OFF.158 page 231 and the R & F Roll L/104B7 page 1475.

He entered the theatre of war in France on 8 August 1916.

He was awarded RWR Colours on 27 August 1918.

No further military records were found online.

Norman Cleave was the son of Mr and Mrs Walter Cleave of “The Bracken”, Somerville Road, Sutton Coldfield.

On the 1918 Electoral Roll, the family lived at “Winstanton”, Goldieslie Road, Sutton Coldfield.


1911 census 70 Tennyson Road, Bordesley, Birmingham

Walter Cleave M 39 Manager at athletic goods maker b Birmingham

Marie Kate Cleave M 41 Married 15 years – 3 children b Birmingham

Eric Walter Cleave 14 b Birmingham

Norman Cleave 13 b Birmingham

Bessie Cleave 3 b Birmingham

Annie Pincher U 18 General servant b Walsall

Eric Walter Cleave

It appears that Eric Cleave also joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 27684

No other military records were found but he did have an Army Medal Card.

The only details given are that he was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B7 page 1475

Eric Walter Cleave survived the war and married Winifred M Bunch in South Birmingham in 1930

Probate

Eric Walter Cleave of “The Peak”, College Road, Maney, Sutton Coldfield died on 26 December 1953 at the Cottage Hospital, Sutton Coldfield.

Administration was granted in Birmingham in December 1954 to Winifred Maud Cleave, widow.

Effects: £6022.12s.6d


BERTRAM EVELYN GEORGE CLIBBERY

Bertram Clibbery was born in Birmingham. He enlisted with the 49th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) - Sergeant 432331. His Canadian military history is not available to search online. Therefore the circumstances of his military service are unclear. However, he sailed to Montreal aboard the ‘S. S. Teutonic’ on 1 November 1906 departing from Liverpool. He was single and gave no occupation on the manifest.


He sailed back to Liverpool from Halifax, Nova Scotia arriving at Liverpool on 21 December 1911. He was listed as single and his occupation was that of clergyman. His death was registered during the March quarter of 1919 at Petersfield, Hampshire. It is believed that he died from influenza. Bertram Clibbery was buried at Birmingham General Cemetery (Key Hill), Icknield Street, Hockley, Plot K.666. Bertram Clibbery is commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (Matthew Rhodes)

George E. G. Clibbery was the son of the late George and Mary Clibbery

Baptism

Bertram Evelyn George Clibbery was baptised on 6 April 1881 at Ashted – St James the Less. His parents were George and Mary Ann Clibbery of Webster Street. George Clibbery was a cooper. 

1911 census 5 Holland Street, Sutton Coldfield

Mary Ann Clibbery W 54 b Birmingham

William Joseph Clibbery U 31 Brewers Clerk b Birmingham

George Albert Clibbery U 27 Cabinet maker b Birmingham

Ethel Kate Clibbery U 22 Shop assistant b Birmingham

John Charles Clibbery U 18 Die sinker apprentice b Birmingham

Marion Clibbery 15 b Birmingham


1901 census 30 Snow Hill, Birmingham – in the household of John Armitage, licenced victualler

Bertram Clibbery U 20 Barman b Birmingham


1891 census – not found


1881 census 43 Webster Street, Aston

George Clibbery M 24 Cooper b Birmingham

Mary A Clibbery M 24 b Birmingham

William Clibbery 1 b Birmingham

Bertram Clibbery 1 month old b Birmingham

Probate

Bertram Evelyn George Clibbery of 5 Holland Street, Sutton Coldfield died on 18 February 1919 at the Military Hospital, Bramshott, Hampshire. Administration was granted at Birmingham on 9 June 1933 to Ethel Kate Lane (wife of William Lane). Effects: £887. 13s. 4d

Ethel Kate Lane was the sister of Bertram Clibbery. She married William Lane in 1916 at Sutton Coldfield.  Ethel Kate Lane was also the executor of William Joseph Clibbery of 5 Holland, Street, Sutton Coldfield who died on 15 April 1912. Administration granted in Birmingham on 20 May 1933 to Ethel Kate Lane (wife of William Lane). Effects: £765. 0s. 0d

FREDERICK HENRY COBB

Frederick Henry Cobb was born in Kings Lynn. He resided in Four Oaks. He enlisted in Sutton Coldfield with the Welsh Regiment – Private 73575 Durham Light Infantry 1/6th Battalion – Corporal 91642

He died on 1 November 1918 whilst he was a Prisoner of War in Germany.

He was buried at the Quedlinburg Cemetery but this cemetery was later relocated to the Niederzehren Cemetery, Cassel in Germany, Plot VIII.D.19

Army Medal Roll

These show that Frederick H Cobb was firstly a Corporal with the Welsh Regiment Private 73575 and then a Corporal with the Durham Light Infantry Number 96142.

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals O/1/103 B29 page 5701

Army Service Record

Frederick Henry Cobb of “Belwell House”, Four Oaks was aged 29 years and 8 months on enlistment. He worked as a tailor, outfitter and cycle exporter. He was married.

He had previously served in the army with the (unreadable) Hussars. He requested that he be posted to either- the RFC, (unreadable) ASC or Machine Gun Corps as a hearing signaller.

He enlisted in Sutton Coldfield on 31 January 1917 and was approved as fit for service on 5 February 1917 at Grove Park.

His wife was Alice Eveline Cobb, formerly Bate. They were married at the Wesleyan Trinity Church in Walsall on 3 April 1912. They had a child – William Bate Cobb who was born on 19 December 1915 at Four Oaks.

Frederick H Cobb was not found on the 1911 England or Wales census. Possibly he was serving with the Welsh Regiment at this time.

In 1918 he resided at “Belwell House”, Belwell Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield. Prior to the war he had run a business as a tailor at “Belwell House”, Belwell Lane, so presumably had lived above the premises.

In loving memory of Frederick H Cobb who died at Quedlinbergh, Germany on November 1st 1918 Fondly remembered by his wife, Eveline A. Cobb of “Belwell House”, Four Oaks” (In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 1.11.1919)


1901 census Long Row, Grimston, Norfolk

Charles Cobb M 41 Saddler b Thaxton, Norfolk

Jane Cobb M 37 b Kings Lynn

Frederick H Cobb 13 b Kings Lynn

Walter P Cobb 9 b Kings Lynn

Bertie W Cobb 6 b Kings Lynn


1891 census Brick Yard, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Charles Cobb M 30 Harness maker b Thaxton

Jane Cobb M 28 b Kings Lynn

Charles H Cobb 5 b Kings Lynn

Frederick H Cobb 3 b Kings Lynn


WILLIAM THOMAS COCKBILL

Thomas Henry Cockbill was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Field Artillery – Gunner/ Driver 66645

He was killed in action on either the 23 April 1917 according to the Sutton Coldfield News or on 13 July 1917 according to his army medal index card.

He was buried at the Bunyans Cemetery, Tilloy- Les- Mofflaines, near Arras, Plot B.7

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RFA/199 B page 19713 and the 1915 Star Medal RFA/6.A.B. page 4894.

William Thomas Cockbill was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Cockbill.

He went to the front in early 1915. He was wounded twice, first he suffered a hand wound on his 21st birthday that required two weeks in hospital in France and then he suffered from shrapnel wounds in the leg.

He was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs T. H. Cockbill of “The Blabbs”, Coleshill Road, Sutton Coldfield.

He was educated at Town School.

He was a choirboy with the Reddicap Hill Mission.

Prior to going to war, he worked for Mr J. Clifford, a farmer in Walmley.

His officer stated that he was killed instantaneously by a bomb.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 12.5.1917)

In loving memory of our dear son Gunner William Thomas Cockbill, Royal Field Artillery, killed in action April 23rd 1917.

Over the ocean where a brave young soldier sleeps

There is a dear old house in England where a mother often weeps

Not one day have we forgotten him since he bade his last farewell

But someday we hope to meet him, where no passing tears are shed.

From Mother, Dad, brothers and sisters.” (In Memorium, Sutton Coldfield News 26.4.1919)


1911 census “Blabbs Cottages”, Coleshill Road, Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Henry Cockbill M 42 Dustman for corporation b Long Marston

Elizabeth Cockbill M 42 Married 17 years, 7 children all alive b Bloxwich, Staffs

William Thomas Cockbill U 17 Butcher – shop b Sutton Coldfield

Ellen Elizabeth Cockbill U 18 Domestic servant b Sutton Coldfield

Marjorie Cockbill 15 b Sutton Coldfield

Frank Henry Cockbill 11 b Sutton Coldfield

Annie Cockbill 8 b Sutton Coldfield

Samuel James Cockbill 6 b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Joseph Cockbill 3 weeks old b Sutton Coldfield

Long Marston is in Gloucestershire, south of Stratford upon Avon.

Thomas Henry Cockbill was listed at “The Blabbs” on the 1914/15 and the 1918 Electoral Rolls.

WILLIAM JOSEPH COFIELD

William Joseph Cofield was born in Aston. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Army Service Corps – Private 273741 and he transferred to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry 1/4th Battalion – Private 35713. He died on 4 May 1917 at sea. He was on board the hired transport boat “Transylvania” (14,315 tons) when it was sunk by a submarine off Cape Vado, a few miles south of Savona.  The ship was en-route to Salonika with reinforcements. In addition to the crew, there were 398 casualties. (C.W.G.C History) (But see below from more recent research found online).


Troops boarding Transylvania Marseilles 1917

William Joseph Cofield is commemorated on the Savona Town Memorial, Italy.

The Transylvania was an anchor liner being used as a troop ship. It left Marseilles on 3 May 1917 and was torpedoed by a U63 a few miles off Savona, Italy. The engine room was hit by the first torpedo. It was carrying about 3400 people, including 69 nurses who were all saved. A destroyer had come alongside to rescue the people on board when a second torpedo caused more severe damage. One and a half hours later it sank with either 412 or 413 souls lost (records seem to differ).” (Source: Wikipedia)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the British Medal C/1/101 A2 page 59

William Joseph Cofield was the son of William and Elizabeth Cofield and the husband of Amy Sutch. The marriage of William Joseph Cofield and Amy Beatrice Sutch was registered December 1902 Solihull 6d 1219

 

1911 census 4 Oxford Villas, Chester Road, New Oscott

William Joseph Cofield M 29 Saw piercer- jewellery/ metalwork b Aston

Amy Beatrice Cofield M 32 Married 9 years with 1 child b Halesowen

Mary Winsome Cofield 3 b Shirley, Warks

Polly Sabel U 40 Boarder – drapery assistant b Rowley Regis


1901 census 99 Ninevah Road, Handsworth

William John Cofield M 54 Saw piercer b Birmingham

Elizabeth Cofield M 40 b Birmingham

William Joseph Cofield U 19 Saw piercer b Birmingham

Mabel Mildred Cofield 12 b Birmingham

Frederick John Cofield 8 b Sutton Coldfield

Probate

William Joseph Cofield of 116 Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield, a Private in the 1/4th Duke of Cornwall’s Regiment, died on or since 4 May 1917 at sea.

Probate granted at Birmingham on 17 January 1918 to Amy Beatrice Cofield, widow.

Effects: £768. 12s. 4d


HARRY ALBAN PALMER COHEN

Harry Alban Palmer Cohen was born in Harborne Birmingham. He resided in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Rifle Brigade 7th Battalion “A” Company – Rifleman B/1908.  He was killed in action on 21 March 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 21. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. Harry Cohen was also commemorated on the St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Roll of Honour (Graham Jennings)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory Medal B/1908 (page not given) which was sent to his parents address.

Army Service Record

These survive but are in a very poor state and hard to read.

Harry Cohen, born in Harborne, signed up on 29 August 1914 at Birmingham. He was aged 19 years and 20 days. His trade was fitter in the motor industry and he had served his apprenticeship with the Wolseley Motor Company.

He was transferred to Winchester on 1 September 1914 and posted on 3 September 1914 – presumably to France as place is left blank. He had leave in England between 15 January 1916 and 7 February 1916. He was reported missing on 21 March 1918.

A letter was sent to his mother Maude Cohen of “Vesey’s Manor House”, Sutton Coldfield on 8 December 1918 enquiring about where to send his belongings. These items, including his ‘Princess Mary’s Gift’ from Christmas 1914 were sent on 27 June 1919 from Winchester.

He was the son of John Alban Cohen and Maude Cohen of “Vesey’s Manor House”, Sutton Coldfield and Pratchett Street, Birmingham.

He was reported missing on 21 March 1918 at St Quentin. He was preparing to take up his commission as an officer when he was killed. He left his apprenticeship at the Wolseley Works in August 1914 to enlist with the army.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 30.8.1919)

In 1918, he was listed on the Electoral Roll (on military service) at 33 Eastern Road, Sutton Coldfield.


1911 census 71 Gillott Road, Birmingham

John Cohen M 40 Rate collector, Parish of Birmingham b Birmingham

Maude Cohen M 38 Married 16 years, 5 children, 1 died b Birmingham

Harry Cohen 14 b Birmingham

Richard Cohen 10 b Birmingham

John Cohen 2 b Birmingham

Roger Cohen 1 b Birmingham

Winnie Taylor U 19 Domestic servant b Birmingham

 

1901 census Rotton Park Road, Birmingham

John Cohen M 30 Accountant’s clerk b Birmingham

Maude Cohen M 28 b Birmingham

Harry Cohen 4 b Birmingham

Richard Cohen 7 months old b Birmingham

Edith Gibbs U 18 Housemaid b Birmingham


CYRIL GEORGE COLBOURN

Cyril George Colbourn was born at Lea Moors in Staffordshire. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment - Private 23158 and was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps 62nd Company – Private 86609. He was killed in action on 4 October 1917 (France & Flanders) in the Battle of Broodseinde. On the day he died the temperature was 60 degrees F. It was overcast with 4.6mm of rainfall.” (SDBD) Cyril Colbourn has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Cyril George Colbourn was commemorated on the St James Church Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose St James Church)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals MCG/101 B56 page 4734

Army Service Record

Cyril Colbourn of 5 Hill Cottage, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks was aged 18 years old and single when he signed up on 19 November 1915 in Birmingham. His occupation was that of book binder.

He was 5’ 8” tall with a chest measurement of 33 inches. He was of fair complexion. He had a ‘congenital myocardia’ (heart defect) but was declared fit to serve.

His personal effects and medals were sent to his parents on 4 May 1922.

Cyril Colbourn was the son of John William and Elizabeth Colbourn of 5 Hill Cottages, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

He previously resided at “Hill View”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield (1914/15 Electoral Roll)

In ever loving memory of our dearly loved son Cyril George who fell in action 4.10.1917. The influence of his life will ever live in the hearts of all at home”.

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 4.10.1919)

1911 census “Hill Cottages”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

John William Colbourn M 39 Brick layer for builder b Bilston, Staffs

Elizabeth Colbourn M 37 Married 16 years 6 children- 1 died b Walsall

Cyril George Colbourn 13 School & hairdresser’s assistant b Walsall

Ethel Mary Colbourn 12 b Walsall

Victor William Colbourn 10 b Walsall

Lucy Elizabeth Colbourn 6 b Walsall

Mary Alice Colbourn 3 b Sutton Coldfield

1901 census “Victoria Terrace”, Bloxwich, Walsall

John W Colbourn M 29 Brick layer b Bilston

Elizabeth Colbourn M 27 b Walsall

Cyril Colbourn 3 b Bloxwich

Ethel Colbourn 2 b Bloxwich


FREDERICK WILLIAM COLE

Frederick William Cole was born in Sutton Coldfield. He had been a reservist in the Warwickshire Yeomanry – Private 60159. He attested at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 16th Battalion – Private 43452.

He was killed in action on 10 October 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 18. (Some online records state he died on 14 October 1918)

He was buried at the Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot III.A.2

He was commemorated on the Roll of Honour of the Methodist Church, South Parade, Sutton Coldfield.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B7 page 1542

Frederick William Cole was the son of Frank and Mary Cole of “Ballaglas”, Royal Road, Sutton Coldfield.

He was educated at Town School, Sutton Coldfield. He was a member of the Wesleyan Chapel, Parade, Sutton Coldfield where he had attended Sunday School.

Prior to enlisting he was in the employ of Mr C F Marston, Architect & Surveyor of Masonic Hall Chambers Sutton Coldfield.

After enlisting with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he underwent training at Dover and went to the front on 11 August 1918.” (Sutton Coldfield News 26.10.1918)


1911 census 110 Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

Frank Cole M 48 House plumber b Bilston, Staffs

Mary Walters Cole M 46 Married 23 years – 5 children b Bilston

Dora Mary Cole U 22 Typist b Bilston

Elizabeth Harriet Cole U 20 Serving maid b Bilston

Phoebe Annie Cole U 17 Improver to dressmaker b Sutton Coldfield

Isaac Cole 15 Boy help in builders yard b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick William Cole 11 b Sutton Coldfield


In 1901 the family lived at 8 Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Isaac Cole

The military records were found for Isaac Cole who survived the war.

He enlisted at Brierley Hill on 7 September 1914 with the 5th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment – Private 9084 at the age of 19 years 1 month. He was single, lived at “Ballaglas”, Royal Road, Sutton Coldfield and was employed by A Wood of Sutton Coldfield as a carpenter.

He was 5’ 10” tall, had grey/brown eyes and a 33 ½ inch chest measurement. He was of fair health. He had 6/6 right eye vision with glassed but ‘bad’ eyesight in the left eye.

He was posted to France 1.5.1915 – 27.12.1915 with the 5th Battalion. He was then transferred to the 28th Battalion on 21.5.1916. He was in hospital between 26.10.1915 – 13.12.1915 because of a gun- shot wound to the abdomen sustained on 13.10.1915. He was demobilised to the army reserve on 12 March 1919.

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals F/101 B18 page 2260 and 1915 Star Medal F/2B1 page 78


ALBERT HENRY COLES

Albert Coles was born at Packington in Warwickshire. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Berkshire Regiment – Private 25731 and was transferred to the Welsh Regiment 13th Battalion - Private 55409

He died of wounds on 7 September 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 37.

He probably died at a casualty clearing station as there were two based in Varennes in September 1919 (C.W.G.C. Cemetery History)

He was buried at the Varennes Cemetery, Plot III.H.17

Albert Coles was commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (Matthew Rhodes)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals J/1/104 B19 page 7259

No further military records were found online.

Albert Henry Coles was the son of John and Eliza Coles from Oxfordshire and the husband of Emily Florence Coles of 64 Duke Street, Sutton Coldfield.

The marriage of Albert Coles and Emily Florence Clapton-Withers was registered March 1912 Chipping Norton 3a 1399

It is not known if the couple had any children

Albert Coles was living at 52 Duke Street in 1918 (Electoral Roll) and was listed as being on military service.

1911 census 52 Duke Street, Sutton Coldfield

Eliza Coles W 70 b Oxfordshire

Albert Coles U 30 Jobbing gardener b Packington, Warks

Eliza Coles had 10 children of whom five had died.

1901 census 52 Duke Street, Sutton Coldfield

Eliza Coles W 60 Charwoman b Roxton, Oxfordshire

Susannah Coles U 22 Domestic servant b Roxton, Oxfordshire

Albert Coles U 20 Railway labourer b Packington

1891 census “Witton Farm Cottage”, Witton Farm, Aston

John Coles M 62 Ag Lab b Roxton

Eliza Coles M 50 b Roxton

Louisa Coles 15 b Statton, Oxfordshire

Albert Coles 11 b Little Packington

Beatrice Gilbert 4 Grand- daughter b Little Sutton


AUSTIN VERNON COLEMAN

Austin Vernon Coleman was born on 15 June 1897 at Edgbaston Birmingham. He enlisted at Handsworth with the Royal Army Medical Corps – Private 90806

He died on 17 October 1917 (Salonika) aged 20 at the 60th General Hospital.

He was buried at the Kirechkő- Hortakői Military Cemetery, Greece, Plot 22

He was commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

Private A V Coleman is commemorated on page 234 of the ‘Birmingham City Battalions’ book by Sir William H Bowater.

He is listed on his employers page who were Wilkinson & Riddell Ltd.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RAMC/101 B26 page 1824

Army Service Record

Austin Vernon Coleman was aged 19 years and one month when he enlisted at Handsworth with the RAMC on 26 May 1915. He was single and worked as a salesman. His religion was Unitarian. He was 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 130 pounds. His chest measurement was 34 inches. His medical was conducted at Holt in Norfolk. Whilst serving in the army he was twice hospitalised for influenza – between 2 April 1916 and 28 April 1916 and between 15 August 1916 and 17 August 1916.  He was re-posted to the Regular Army Eastern Command on 7 February 1917. He was then admitted to the 60th General Hospital on 18 August 1917 with dysentery. Telegrams were sent to the war office: on 2 September 1917 he was dangerously ill.  On 8 September 1917 there was no change; on 15 September 1917 he was critical; on 29 September 1917 he was slightly improved; on 6 October 1917 there was no change. He died on 17 October 1917 of dysentery.

A cable was sent to his father Mr Frank Cobden Coleman at (presumably his business premises) at 56 St Agnes Road, Moseley from the Woking War Station.

On 9 February 1918, Austin Coleman’s personal effects were sent to his father at the above address.

They included:

a body belt, letters, 2 note books, diary, dictionary, safety razor with blade in a case, pocket knife, pair of folding scissors, pencil case, postcards, pair woollen socks, pair woollen gloves, clothes brush, identity disc, tobacco pouch, woollen scarf, 13 handkerchiefs – 2 with lace edges, metal watch, leather pocket wallet, 3 pairs of spectacles in cases, brushes, prayer book and a chess set in a bag.

On 23 September 1919, his regimental plaque and scroll were sent to his father at Llanrhos.

On 7 February 1922 his Victory and British Medals were sent to his father at 69 Station Road Wylde Green.

Austin Coleman was the younger son of Mr and Mrs Frank Cobden Coleman of “Llanrhos”, Four Oaks Road, Sutton Coldfield.

He was educated at Epworth College, Rhyll and Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School.

Prior to enlisting he was in the service of Messrs Wilkinson & Riddell, Warehousemen & Wholesale Drapers, 42 Cherry Street, Birmingham.

He went to Salonika in about May 1917 and contracted dysentery and was ill for two months before he died.

His elder brother had also served as a Private in the Cyclists Corps.” (Sutton Coldfield News 27.10.1917)

1911 census “Llanrhos”, Four Oaks Road, Sutton Coldfield

Frank C Coleman M 43 Wholesale bespoke tailor, employer b Burslem

Gertrude Coleman M 42 Married 16 years – 3 children b Birmingham

Stanley A Coleman 15 b Birmingham

Austin V Coleman 13 b Birmingham

Gertrude Coleman 6 b Birmingham

 

1901 census 26 Selwyn Road, Rotton Park, Birmingham

Frank C Coleman M 33 Wholesale clothier – employer b Burslem

Gertrude Coleman M 32 b Aston

Stanley Coleman 5 b Birmingham

Austin Coleman 3 b Birmingham

Stanley A Coleman

There was an Army Medal Card for Stanley A. Coleman – Private 3811 19 London Rifles/ Private 12/44744 Royal Irish Rifles.

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals B/104 B 20 page 3299

No further information was found for Stanley A. Coleman.

 

Research by David Phillips  Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private 90806 Austin Vernon Coleman

60th General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps

Died: Wednesday 17th October 1917

Aged: 20

From January 1916 the Headquarters for the XVI Corps was based at Kirechkoi, 2km northeast of Salonika.  In September 1916 the 60th, 65th and 66th General Hospitals were set up in the area; the high and healthy country was thought to suit the treatment of the soldiers suffering from illness. Private Coleman was admitted into the hospital where he served on 18 August 1917 with dysentery. He was reported as Dangerously ill on 25 August 1917 and his condition fluctuated over the next two months. He died of dysentery on 17 October 1917. Austin Coleman is buried in Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Greece, Grave 22.  The influenza epidemic of the autumn of 1918 filled three-quarters of the cemetery.  Austin Coleman is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square and All Saints Church Cross, Belwell Lane.

Austin Coleman attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 2nd May 1907 and 11th April 1911. In May 1911 he went to Epworth College, Rhyll and then worked as a salesman in Messrs. Wilkinson and Riddell, wholesale drapers based at 42 Cherry Street, Birmingham.  Austin Coleman attested in the Royal Army Medical Corps Territorial Force at Handsworth, as Private 256 on 26 May 1915, a month before his eighteenth birthday. He joined the 3/1st North Midland Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, later transferring into the 2/1 N.M.M.B.F.A. as a Bearer with the number 90806.He was posted to the R.A.M.C. Regular Army Authority Eastern Command on 7 February 1917 and then on to Aldershot as an advanced party to the 60th General Hospital on 20 May 1917. Austin travelled to Salonika on 8 June 1917. His elder brother Private Stanley Allforth Coleman had been serving in the Cyclists Corps but after an illness trained as a signaler.  He also had a younger sister Gertrude Maude.”(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)


FREDERICK HENRY DOUGLAS COLLIER

Frederick Henry Douglas Collier was born in Erdington. He resided in Wylde Green. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st Battalion (City) at the start of the war – Private 23959

He was killed in action on 11 April 1917 (France & Flanders)

He was buried at the Fampoux British Cemetery (near Arras), Plot A.41

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B7 page 1577

Frederick Collier was the son of Mr Frederick H Collier and Mrs Edith R Collier, formerly of 28 Silverbirch Road, Erdington.

In 1917 his family lived at “Oakdene”, Orchard Road, Erdington (Electoral Rolls).

He was baptised at Boldmere Parish Church and confirmed at Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield.

He resided at “Bradley”, Mayfield Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Before his death he had been wounded on the Somme on 22 July 1916 and had only been back on duty a short time before he was killed.”(Sutton Coldfield News 16.6.1917)

Frederick Collier attended King Edwards School, Birmingham.” (Alison Wheatley, archivist King Edward School)

1911 census, “Bradley”, Mayfield Road, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Harrison Collier M 39 Druggist & Dry Salter b Moreton, Here

Edith Rosetta Collier M 39 Married 18 years – 6 children 3 died b Erdington

Frederick H D Collier 17 Clerk at accountant’s b Erdington

Doris Marian Collier 14 b Erdington

Leonard Roy Collier 11 b Erdington

Beryl C Collier 10 b Erdington

Kenneth Campbell Collier 9 b Erdington

Aubrey Lloyd Collier 2 b Sutton Coldfield


ARTHUR A COLLINS

Arthur Collins was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 15th Battalion - Private 16200 (Lewis Gunner)

He died of wounds on 9 May 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 24

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial

He was also commemorated on the St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Roll of Honour (Graham Jennings)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B7 page 1581

Arthur A Collins was the son of Mrs Susan Butler, formerly Collins of 37 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

When he enlisted he resided at Balsall Heath and was employed by Messrs Guest & Co., Pork Butchers of ‘The Parade’, Sutton Coldfield.

1911 census 222-223 Broad Street, Birmingham

This was the premises of S Ward Ltd, Lard Refiners/ Ham Curers

Charles Muffet M 39 Manager b Bromley, Kent

Arthur Collins U 16 Assistant b Boldmere

1911 census Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

Walter Butler M 49 Market Gardener b Erdington

Susan Butler M 50 Market Gardener b Birmingham

Emma Collins U 20 Market Gardener b Erdington

William H Collins U 18 Market Gardener b Wylde Green

Thomas Butler 11 b Wylde Green

Walter Butler 8 b Wylde Green

1901 census 37 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

Walter Butler M 39 Market Gardener b Erdington

Susan Butler M 40 b Birmingham

Annie Butler 13 b Erdington

Thomas Butler 1 b Boldmere

Harry Collins 12 b Erdington

Emma Collins 10 b Erdington

William Collins 5 b Boldmere

Elizabeth Hyde U 59 Aunt – housekeeper b Birmingham

1891 census Court Lane, Erdington

William H Collins M 34 Market Gardener b Erdington

Susan Collins M 29 b Birmingham

Harry Collins 2 b Erdington

Emma Collins 2 months old b Erdington

Elizabeth Bazeley 14 Domestic servant b Aston

William Henry Collins died in the June quarter of 1896 aged 39

Susan Collins married Walter Butler in early 1899


FRANK HOWARD COLLYER

Frank Howard Collyer was born in Daventry, Northamptonshire. He resided at Godalming, Surrey. He enlisted at Westminster in 1910 – Trooper 1428. He was a trooper with the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues).

Army Service Record

Trooper Collyer received gun - shot wounds to his forearm, both thighs and a fracture to his left femur.

He was laid out in the open for 50 hours before being rescued.

He was evacuated to the 2nd field ambulance on 15 May and then to the 13th General Hospital Boulogne on 24 May.

He then was shipped to the Endell Military Hospital, Bloomsbury in London, which was run by female staff.

His leg was amputated on 2 October 1915.

He had improved by 9 October but succumbed to heart failure and septicaemia on 11 October 1915 aged 25.

Burial

Frank Howard Collyer was buried at the Godalming New Cemetery, Surrey, Plot KJ 1163

Frank Howard Collyer is commemorated on the memorial window of the Sutton Coldfield Congregational Church and on the Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Roll of Honour

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals JHC/1038 page 23 and the 1914 Star Medal JHC/1 page 6

Here is his entry in the De Ruvigney Roll of Honour


It is not clear form the above article if Frank Howard Collyer attended both Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School and King Edward VI School

Frank Howard Collyer was the son of the Rev. Frank and Sarah Collyer

1911 census “The Combermere Barracks”, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor

Frank Howard Collyer U 20 Trooper b Daventry

1891 census 47 Sheaf Street, Daventry, Northamptonshire

Frank W Collyer M 28 Congregational Minister b Leicester

Sarah Collyer M 31 b Birmingham

Frank H Collyer 16 months old b Daventry

Ellen Ashwell 16 Domestic servant b Daventry

Frank and Sarah Collyer have not been found on the 1901 or 1911 census.

The marriage of Frank Collyer and Sarah Gosling was registered December 1889 Birmingham 6d 336

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Trooper 1428 Frank Howard Collyer

A Squadron Royal Horse Guards

Died: Monday 11th October 1915

Aged: 25

The Royal Horse Guards (8th Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division, and V Corps) were being used as a dismounted Cavalry Forceby May 1915.

During 5 8 May the German XXVII Corps were pressing home their attacks against the British

28 Division pushed it back from Frezenburg towards Wieltje and Potijze to the East of Ypres supported by a ceaseless artillery barrage.

The 3rd Cavalry division relieved the British 28 Division in trenches north of the Menin Road between Verlorenhoek and Hooge on 12 May. They faced the German 53rd and 54th Reserve Divisions.

The Battalion Diary 13 May:

Germans opened heavy shell fire at 4am on the front trenches and also on the reserve trenches. Part of 7th Brigade driven out of their trenches and retired leaving a gap in the front line which was occupied by the Germans. At 10am we were ordered to counter attack.

The RHG counter attacked from a position in the rear of Railway Wood northeast of Witte Poort Farm. The attack was successful in not only recapturing lost ground but also reaching the German front line trenches.  Casualties for the attack were 5 officers and 12 other ranks killed, 6 officers and 85 other ranks wounded and 15 missing. Trooper Collyer received gun-shot wounds to his forearm, both thighs and a fracture of the left femur during the attack and lay out in the open for 50 hours before rescue.

On the 15th May he was evacuated to the 2nd Field Ambulance and on the 24th May to the 13th General Hospital, Boulogne.

On 25th May he was transshipped to the Military Hospital, Endell Street, Bloomsbury (which was run by female staff).

On 2nd October his leg was amputated and by the 9th he was much improved.

He died of heart failure and septicemia at 2.50pm on October 11th.

Frank Collyer is buried in Godalming New Cemetery, Surrey, England, Plot KJ, Grave 1163

He is also remembered on the Memorial Window in the Sutton Congregational Church and on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square.

Frank Howard Collyer was born at 45, Sheaf Street, Daventry in the autumn of 1890 and was the son of the Reverend Frank William and Sarah Collyer (later of 19 Sugden Road, Clapham Common, London).

His father was the Father Pastor of the Sutton Congregational Church from 1896 to 1907.

Frank was a keen sportsman and very good long distance runner.

In 1907 he went to Johannesburg, South Africa with his father and joined the Witwatersrand Rifles.

On his return to England he enlisted in the Royal Horse Guards on 19th August 1910, giving his trade as Salesman.

He was qualified as a scout.

His father, who lived at The Manse, Bridge Street, Godalming, was with his son when he died.

He felt the death of his son very much, his heart was affected and he broke down.

He died in May 1918 and is buried with his son.”

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)


BERNARD CHARLES COLYER

Bernard Charles Colyer was born in Berkhampstead Hertfordshire. He lived in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Garrison Artillery 14th Siege Battery – Gunner 163201

He died of wounds on 12 May 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 23.

He probably died at the 5th Casualty Clearing Station (CWGC Cemetery History)

He was buried at the Aire Communal Cemetery, France, Plot II.J.26

Bernard C Colyer is commemorated on the Walmley War Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RGA/196/B page 9615

No further military history was found online.

Bernard C Colyer was the son of Joseph Charles and Eliza Colyer of “Yew Tree Cottage”, Bull Lane, Walmley

His parents and sister are buried at Wishaw Church near Sutton Coldfield

In 1918 he was listed on the Electoral Rolls as residing at Springfield Road, Sutton Coldfield.

His parents were listed at Springfield Road on the 1919 Electoral Roll and had moved to Yew Tree Cottage by 1920.

1911 census 36 Deakin Road, Erdington

Joseph Charles Colyer M 38 Greengrocer and Milkman b Berkhampstead

Eliza Colyer M 38 Married 17 years – 2 children b Wolverhampton

Bernard Charles Colyer 16 Assists in business b Berkhampstead

Violet Eliza Colyer 4 b Erdington

1901 census 25 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Joseph Charles Colyer M 28 Circular Sawyer b Berkhampstead

Eliza Colyer M 28 b Wolverhampton

Bernard Charles Colyer 6 b Berkhampstead

William Thomas Colyer U 19 Circular Sawyer b Berkhampstead


WILFRED COOMBE

The correct surname spelling is taken from his father’s own writing on the 1911 census. He had been listed as Wilfrid Coombs. Wilfred Coombe was born in Erdington, Birmingham. He enlisted in Birmingham and then later attested at Plymouth as a Gunner with the Royal Gun Artillery – Gunner 121435. He was injured and died of his wounds on 11 July 1917, aged 19. He was buried at the Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 1.1.28.

Birmingham Roll of Honour

Wilfred Coombe Wireless operator RGA

He is also commemorated on the St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Roll of Honour (Graham Jennings)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RGA/170B page 7011 and RGA Clasp page B7011

Army Service Record

His service records show that he enlisted on the 31 May 1916 in Birmingham and was sent into the army reserve.

He lived at 8 High Street Erdington and his next of kin was his father, William Coombe of the same address. He had been conscripted at the age of 18 years and 91 days. He was a printer by trade. He was a single man. He was 5’ 11 inches tall and his chest measurement was 33 ½ inches. He then was re-attested at The Citadel in Plymouth with the Number 3 Depot RGA on 10 October 1916 (re-joined his colours). He was posted to the front on the same day.  His effects were sent to his father and comprised: 2 discs, letters, postcards, pipe, notebook, metal watch (broken) and case, pair gold rimmed glasses in case, pair of scissors, cotton bad, 3 or 5 coins, belt, purse, tobacco pouch and pocket book.

Wilfred Coombe was the son of William and Elizabeth Coombe

He resided on Sutton Road (Erdington/Sutton Coldfield border) prior to enlisting.

1911 census 8 High Street, Erdington, Birmingham

William Coombe M 52 Gardener b Whitbourne, Here

Elizabeth Coombe M 52 Married 25 years – 3 children b Coseley, Staffs

Louisa Coombe U 22 Tailoress b Sutton Coldfield

Gertrude Coombe U 19 b Sutton Coldfield

Wilfred Coombe 13 b Erdington

1901 census 27 South Road, Erdington

William Coombe M 47 Groom and gardener b Whitbourne

Elizabeth Coombe M 42 b Coseley

Louisa Coombe 12 b Boldmere

Gertrude Coombe 9 b Boldmere

Wilfred Coombe 3 b Erdington


MATTHEW SYDNEY CORBY

Matthew Sydney Corby was born at Levenshulme in Lancashire. He resided in Birmingham. He enlisted in March 1916 at Birmingham with the Worcestershire Regiment 4th Battalion – Lance Corporal 30435

He died of wounds on 13 October 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 36.

He probably died at a casualty clearing station as three were based in the vicinity (CWGC Cemetery History)

The 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment attacked on 9 October 1917 in the Battle of Poelcapelle just north of Langemarck and they met strong opposition from pillboxes along the railway embankment.

The Battalion came out of line on 11 October 1917.

He was buried at the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Ypres, Plot XII.F.13

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/102 B7 page 1464

No further military history was found online.

He was the son of Jane Corby of “St Luke’s Vicarage”, 5 Endsleigh Gardens, Plymouth and the late Matthew Corby who had been a solicitor in Birmingham.

Matthew Sydney Corby gained a B.A degree at the University of Durham (Law).

He resided at 13 Montague Street, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

He was a deputy Magistrate’s Clerk at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates Court.

He was also a partner in a solicitor’s firm, Messrs Herd, Nutt, Baker & Corby, whose offices were at Prudential Buildings, Corporation Street, Birmingham.

He was the Honorary Secretary of the Birmingham & Edgbaston Debating Society.

He had served in the Somme campaign and was invalided home and then returned to the front in May 1917.” (Sutton Coldfield News 3.11.1917)

1911 census 13 Montague Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Jane Corby W 60 Private means b Redruth, Cornwall

Lucy May Corby U 31 b Handsworth

Matthew S Corby U 29 Solicitor b Levenshulme, Lancs

John Ernest Corby U 29 Engineer b Levenshulme

Joyce Hagley U 20 Domestic servant b Old Hill, Staffs

Probate

Matthew Sydney Corby of 13 Montague Road, Edgbaston, solicitor, a Lance Corporal in the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment died 13.10.1917 in Flanders. Probate in Birmingham 24.12.1917 to Jane Corby, widow

Effects: £1349. 14s.4d

There is no evidence to suggest that Matthew Sydney Corby was married. It appears therefore that Jane Corby was his mother. She was also given probate for her late husband’s Will in 1909.

HAROLD JEROME COUCH

Harold Jerome Couch was born Aston. He lived at Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion – Sergeant 599

He was killed in action on 30 July 1916 aged 19

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 9A 9B and 10B

Harold J Couch is commemorated on the King Edward Grammar School, Aston, Roll of Honour (Sylvia Williams)

Harold Jerome Couch was also commemorated on the Boldmere Swimming Club Memorial.

Army Medal Roll

He was listed as Private/Lance Corporal and latterly Sergeant.

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B8 page 1717 and 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 116.

No further military records were found online.

Harold J Couch was the son of George and Elizabeth Couch of 46 Mayfield Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.

He was educated at Aston Grammar School having won a scholarship whilst attending Green Lanes School, Sutton Coldfield.

He was an assistant scout master with the Boldmere Troop. He was a member of the Boldmere Swimming Club.

At the time he enlisted he was serving his articles with Messrs Banwell and Wakeman, Quantity Surveyors of 3 Newhall Street, Birmingham.

At the front, he was engaged on sniping and observation duties.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 19.8.1916)

His parents resided at “Ashleigh” 258 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield in 1914 and 1918 (Electoral Rolls).

1911 census “Ashleigh”, Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

George Couch M 38 Assurance clerk b Oswestry

Elizabeth Couch M 38 Married 15 years – 4 children b Birmingham

Harold Jerome Couch 14 b Aston

Hilda Couch 12 b Wylde Green

George Leslie Couch 11 b Wylde Green

Edward Arnold Couch 11 months old b Wylde Green

1901 census “Belvue Villas”, Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

George Couch M 28 Assistant cashier insurance office b Oswestry

Elizabeth Couch M 28 b Birmingham

Harold J Couch 4 b Aston

Hilda Couch 2 b Wylde Green

George L Couch 11 months old b Wylde Green


FRANK HENRY CRIPPS

Frank Henry Cripps was born at Wishaw near Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Shropshire Light Infantry 5th Battalion – Private 16330

He was killed in action on 25 September 1915 (France & Flanders)

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Panel 47 and 49

Frank H Cripps was commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield United Reform Church Memorial

He is also commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (non-parochial) (Matthew Rhodes)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals J/1/102 B6 page 1565 and 1915 Star Medal J/1/8/B2 page 385

No further military records were found online.

Frank Henry Cripps was the son of Edward and Joanna Cripps of Wishaw near Sutton Coldfield and the husband of Alice E Cripps

The marriage of Frank Henry Cripps and Alice E Burton was registered September 1911 Basingstoke 2c 468

It appears that Frank and Alice Cripps only had one child, Arthur Edward Cripps.

It is thought that Frank Cripps also lived at “The Reddicroft”, Sutton Coldfield.

In 1914 he was registered on the Electoral Roll as living at 50 Holland Street, Sutton Coldfield

1911 census Church Lane, Wishaw, Warwickshire

Frank Henry Cripps M 23 Horse driver on farm b Wishaw

Alice Eliza Cripps M 23 Married 1 year 1 child b West Bromwich

Arthur Edward Cripps 2 months old b Wishaw

John Cripps W 67 Visitor b Westbury, Bucks

1901 census 6 Church Lane, Wishaw

Edward Cripps M 62 Cattle man b Oxford

Anna Cripps M 57 b Westbury, Bucks

Edward F Cripps 16 Carter on farm b Wishaw

Frank H Cripps 13 Carter on farm b Wishaw

Baptism

Frank Henry Cripps was baptised at Wishaw Church on 29 May 1885.

His parents were Edward and Joanna Cripps.

Edward Cripps worked as a labourer.

GEORGE WILLIAM CROSS

George William Cross was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Berkshire Regiment - Private 27090 and transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st Battalion - Private 21345

He died of wounds on 11 April 1917 France & Flanders

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 3

George William Cross is commemorated on the Boldmere Swimming Club Memorial.

He is also commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (non-parochial) (Matthew Rhodes)

He is commemorated on the St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Roll of Honour (Graham Jennings)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B9 page 1806

George Cross was the son of George Cross of Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield and the husband of Edith Cross of “Over Norton”, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield

The marriage of George William Cross and Edith Scott was registered December 1911 Aston

George and Edith Cross had three known children. Evelyn M Cross birth registered December 1911 Aston 6d 469. Edith M Cross birth registered December 1913 Aston 6d 734. James Cross birth registered December 1914 Birmingham 6d 332

1911 census “Rose Cottage”, Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

George Cross M 65 Jobbing gardener b Aston

Ann Cross M 57 b Sutton Coldfield

Rose Cross U 19 b Boldmere

Harry Cross 15 b Boldmere

1911 census 75 Clevedon Road, Balsall Heath

Working in the household of Robert Thomas Tisdale, 66, Whip Thong maker of Birmingham

George William Cross U 28 Chauffeur/ gardener b Boldmere

1901 census “Rose Cottage”, Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

George Cross M 55 Gardener b Aston

Ann Cross M 47 b Sutton Coldfield

Mabel F Cross U 21 b Boldmere

Florence M Cross U 19 School Teacher b Boldmere

George William Cross U 17 Domestic Gardener b Boldmere

Rose H Cross 9 b Boldmere

Harry Cross 5 b Boldmere


ARTHUR CROWTHER

Arthur Crowther was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted on 3 February 1915 at Jung, Victoria, Australia with the Australian Infantry 22nd Battalion – Private 732

He died from the effects of wounds on 2 November 1915 aged 27.

He was buried at the Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta, Plot D II 3

He was commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (non-parochial) (Matthew Rhodes)

Arthur Crowther was the son of Daniel Charles and Katherine Lovell Crowther of 56 Eastern Road, Sutton Coldfield

He was educated at Town School, Sutton Coldfield. After school he went to work for Messrs Swain & Clayton, Jewellers and Enamellers, Warstone Lane in Birmingham and later for two years as a groom.

He emigrated to Australia in about 1911 and was involved in agriculture at Jung Jung, Victoria.

He enlisted in February 1915 and was posted in Egypt in May 1915.

A chaplain writing to his brother stated that he was admitted to St Elmo’s Hospital in Malta on 2 November 1915 with a serious gun- shot wound to the head and although an operation was carried out he died without regaining consciousness from the time the injury was sustained.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 27.11.1915)

1911 census “Hazledene”, Eastern Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

Daniel Charles Crowther M 69 Bricklayer b Cheltenham

Katherine Lovell Crowther M 59 Married 35 years, 8 children all alive b Sidmouth, Devon

Elizabeth Mary Crowther U 31 Dressmaker b Sutton Coldfield

Kate Goss Crowther U 28 Elementary school teacher b Sutton Coldfield

Bertram Cecil Crowther 17 Accountant’s clerk b Sutton Coldfield

1901 census “Mullion”, Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

Catherine Lovell Crowther M 49 b Sidmouth

Stephen Charles Crowther U 22 Clerk b Sidmouth

Elizabeth Mary Crowther U 21 b Sutton Coldfield

Kate Goss Crowther U 18 School pupil teacher b Sutton Coldfield

Arthur Crowther 12 b Sutton Coldfield

Bertram Cecil Crowther 7 b Sutton Coldfield

In 1901, Daniel Charles Crowther was boarding at 14 Tayler Road Aston. He was working as a bricklayer.

Shipping manifest 2 March 1911 Ship ‘Geelong’, P & O Liner London to Melbourne, Australia


HMAT Geelong

Arthur Crowther 22 Farmer single man travelling alone

1914 Electoral Roll for Wannon, Victoria, Australia

Arthur Crowther of Jung – labourer

Elizabeth Anne Crowther – home duties. Presumably his wife whom he married in Australia

Bertram Charles Crowther joined the 21st London Regiment/Army Pay Corps - Private 2166/ 20482

Bertram Crowther was awarded the Victoria and British Medals APC C/101 B page 169

Bertram Crowther died on 25 January 1952 in Wakefield Yorkshire.

NORMAN CROZIER

Norman Crozier was born in Handsworth. He enlisted at Manchester with the Royal Army Service Corps - Reserve Supply Personnel Depot - Private S/ 365306

He lived at Levenshulme, Lancashire at the time he enlisted.

He died on 16 January 1918 aged 33.

He died in the UK on active service (Home) – he drowned in Southampton Docks.

Norman Crozier was buried at Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, Plot A. 392 (Not a Commonwealth War Grave)

No army records were found for him online including his medal card.

Norman Crozier was commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

He is also commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (non-parochial) (Matthew Rhodes)

Norman Crozier was the son of William and Emily Crozier and the husband of Flora Crozier of “Bradley”, Mayfield Road, Sutton Coldfield

The marriage of Norman Crozier and Flora Crisp was registered March 1913 Huddersfield 9a 517

Norman Crozier resided at “Bradley”, Mayfield Road, Sutton Coldfield according to the 1914/15 Electoral Roll

1911 census “Somerfield”, Sutton Coldfield (road not stated)

William Armstrong Crozier M 56 Master Goldsmith - employer b County Tyrone

Emily Bell Crozier M 56 Married 32 years, 4 children, all alive b Spalding, Lincs

Dora Crozier U 27 b Handsworth

Norman Crozier U 26 Goldsmith – own account b Handsworth

Ida Crozier U 19 b Handsworth

The family were not found on the 1901 census.

The baptisms of all four children of William and Emily Crozier took place at St Silas Church, Lozells near Handsworth

Herbert Carson Crozier baptised 2 June 1880. Resident at 57 Barker Street – father commercial traveller

Dora Kathleen Crozier baptised 6 May 1883. Resident at Burbury Street – father manager

Norman Crozier baptised 15 October 1884. Resident 31 Burbury Street – father manager

Ida Emily Crozier baptised 24 February 1892. Resident 127 Hall Road – father Jeweller’s manager

Probate

Norman Crozier of 55 Burnage Hall Road, Levenshulme, Private ASC, who was last seen alive on 15 January 1918 and who was found drowned on 16 January 1918 in the Southampton Docks, Southampton.

Administration with Will granted at London on 22 March 1918 to Flora Crozier, widow. Effects: £1320 


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