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Zachariah Dale 

He died on 15 April 1918 (France & Flanders) at the age of 31. He died from wounds caused by gas sustained during active service. He was buried at the Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Boulogne, Plot X.D.7 Zachariah Dale was commemorated on the Walmley War Memorial

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RFA/289 B page 37775 and 1915 Star Medal RFA/2C page 105

 He entered the theatre of war in France on 11 April 1915.

 Zachariah Dale was the son of Edward and Mary Ann Dale. He was the husband of Mary Jane Dale of 2 Keemor Street, Woolwich Common, London. Marriage at St John’s Church, Woolwich on 17 July 1917

 Zachariah Dale, 30, bachelor, soldier of Gode Bridge Park. Father Edward Davis Dale, deceased

 Mary Jane Morris, 22, spinster of 2 Keenor Street. Father William Morris, builder

 “Zachariah Dale died in hospital in France after painful suffering. His rank was that of signaller.” (Sutton Coldfield News 4.5.1918)

 “In fond and loving memory of Zachariah Dale, signaller Royal Field Artillery, who gave his life for his country on April 15th 1918 in France. He is interred at Wimeroux Cemetery, Boulogne. Still sadly missed by his loving wife, sisters and brothers” Your last faint whisper we should have liked to have heard, To breathe in your ear just one loving word,  Only those who have suffered are able to tell, The pain in the heart in not saying ‘farewell’  (In Memorium, Sutton Coldfield News 19.4.1919)

 1911 census 75 Compton Road, Handsworth

 Harry Vernon                                    M         40        Jeweller                                             b Birmingham

Mary Vernon                                     M         43                                                                    b West Bromwich

Gertrude McKnight                           U         24        Pen worker                                        b Birmingham

Jessie Vernon                                              15        Jewellery worker                              b Birmingham

Frank Vernon                                               13                                                                    b Handsworth

Leonard Vernon                                             9                                                                    b Handsworth

Zachariah Dale                                U         25        Visitor – horse breaker                    b Penns, Walmley

1901 census Reddicap Hill, Sutton Coldfield

Edward Davis Dale                      M         52        Wheelwright & carpenter                b Four Oaks

Ellen Ann Dale                              M         37                                                                    b Bridgnorth

Florence Dale                               U         25        Laundry maid                                               b Ward End, Bham

Lillian Dale                                    U         20        Laundry maid                                               b Stechford

Emma Dale                                             17        Laundry maid                                               b Stechford

Zachariah Dale                                       15        Errand boy                                        b Stechford

Louise Ellen Hinds                                 12        Step daughter                                               b Birmingham

The Dale family were not found on the 1891 census.  Edward and his second wife Ellen Ann were not found on the 1911 census. No further trace of the family was found.

Baptism

Zachariah Dale was baptised on 25 December 1885 at St Edburgh Church, Yardley to Edward Davis Dale and Mary Ann Dale.

Edward Dale was a wheelwright and the family lived at Yardley

Contact was made with Michael Dale and his father Charles Dales. 

Charles Dale is a cousin of Zachariah Dale.

The father of Charles Dale was William James Dale.

William James Dale served as a sailor during the Great War.

He served on board the ‘HMS Edinburgh’. The ‘HMS Edinburgh’ took part in the Battle of Jutland.

William James Dale

Another relative, Arthur Dale, emigrated to Australia on 27 February 1913.

He joined the Australian Imperial Force and returned to Europe to fight.

He was mentioned in the London Gazette on 28 March 1918.

“Corporal 1936 A. Dale, Infantry. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’ Corporal A Dale had been in charge of an isolated front line post which was blown in by hostile shell fire three times during the course of the day. On each occasion he mustered his men and they re-dug and consolidated the position. He was described as “setting a stirring example to those under him”.  The front line post was a most important one and it was due to the courage and determination of this N.C.O that the garrison were able to hold on.”

Arthur Dale was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal

Many thanks go to Michael Dale and Charles Dale for sharing this most interesting information.

(Michael Dale Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project)

  

WALTER DANKS

 Walter Danks was born in Coventry. He enlisted at Westminster with the Kings Royal Rifles 10th Battalion – Sergeant R/692.  He was killed in action on 3 September 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 31.  He was killed during the Battle of Guillemont (Somme)  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial. He is also commemorated on Panel 1 of the Four Oaks War Memorial.

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Victory and British Medals NY/101 B18 page 2325 and 1915 Star Medal NY 2B page 311.

 Army Service Record

 Walter Danks enlisted with the Kings Royal Rifles on 5 September 1914 at Westminster.

 His address looks like 7 Brassborough Street, Victoria, London.

 He was single. He worked as a commission agent. His parents and his brother Thomas were listed as next of kin.

 He embodied at Winchester on 7 September 1914 and posted on 9 September 1914.

 He was promoted to Corporal on 18 September 1914 and then to Lance Sergeant on 5 December 1914.

 He was further promoted to Sergeant on 25 January 1915.

 Walter Danks was the son of Frederick and Ann Danks of “Rangemore Cottage”, Whitehouse Common

 1911 census 87 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

 Frederick Danks                   M         73        Army pensioner                                b Corley, Warks

Ann Danks                            M         58        Married 32 years 5 children all alive         b Coleshill, Shustoke

 1901 census Highfield Road, Corley, Warwickshire

 Frederick Danks                   M         63        General labourer                              b Corley

Ann Danks                            M         48        Laundress                                         b Coleshill

Alice Danks                          U         21        Laundress                                         b London

 1891 census Wall Hill, Allesley, Coventry

 Frederick Danks                   M         53        Farm labourer                                               b Corley

Ann Danks                            M         39                                                                    b Shustoke

Alice Danks                                      12                                                                    b Wandsworth, London

Thomas Danks                                   9                                                                    b Allesley

Walter Danks                                     7                                                                    b Allesley

 In 1916 his parents lived at 11 Four Oaks Common Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

ALFRED DAVIS

 Alfred Davis was born in Redditch and lived in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery – Gunner 130463. Alfred Davis was killed in action on 3 September 1918 (France & Flanders) It is not known where he died, was buried or commemorated at this time.

 Alfred Davis worshipped at some point at St James Church and was commemorated on their Roll of Honour. (Tina Ambrose St James Church). It also appears that Alfred Davis, as Gunner Alfred Davis of the RFA (Royal Field Artillery) had attended Sunday school at Little Sutton Baptist Church.

 He was commemorated on their Sunday School Roll that was kept by Miss Amy North, Sunday School Secretary of Little Sutton Baptist Church. This list included 47 names of men who were serving in the forces during 1916 and had been connected in some way with the Little Sutton Baptist Church.

 (Michael Dale, Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project)

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RFA/257B page 31399

The parents of Alfred Davies were Reuben and Elizabeth Davies of Redditch and Tardebigge

 

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 Nelson Chamberlain, listed as Nelson, also died during the Great War – see his entry

There was a factory called ‘The Yote’ in Mere Green. Quite a few young men came to Mere Green to work there. Many high class small items were made at this factory so possibly this is where Alfred worked.

In 1901, Alfred Davis resided at Prospect Hill, Redditch with his parents Reuben and Elizabeth.

The family worked in the needle making trade. Alfred was 13 and worked at a fish hook factory.

THE VICTORY MEDAL AWARDED TO ALFRED DAVIS

 Courtesy of Pat Knight, medal enthusiast – with thanks

 

EDWARD DAVIS

This man has proved hard to identify and link to Sutton Coldfield but it appears that this is the correct soldier. Edward Davis was born in either Aston or Sutton Coldfield and he enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 11th Battalion – Private 8218 He died from the effects of wounds on 9 October 1917 (France & Flanders) He was buried at the Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, France Plot 1.D.38

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B9 page 1938 and 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 133

 Soldier’s Effects Records (ancestry.co.uk)

 These records were made available in January 2015.

 They are a record of the credits or monies owed to a soldier who had died and a list of money owed to his next of kin.

 This record shows that his next of kin were his mother Matilda Tonks, brothers George, Joe and Sam, sisters’ Mrs Annie Brannon, Mrs Eliza Dulveston, Mrs Mary Showell, Mrs Florence Wilkes and a brother Harry.

 It appears that his mother Mrs Matilda Tonks was living in Sutton Coldfield in 1911

 

1911 census Jockey Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 Charles Tonks                                  M         55        Farm wagoner                                              b Sutton Coldfield

Matilda Tonks                                   M         56        Married 1 year                                               b Erdington

Henry Tonks                                       U         21        Farm wagoner                                              b Sutton Coldfield

Mary E Davis                                     U         20        Domestic servant                             b Sutton Coldfield

Florence Davis                                 U         17        Laundress                                         b Sutton Coldfield

William Davis                                                15        Farm labourer                                               b Sutton Coldfield

 

Edward Davis was not found on the 1911, 1901 or 1891 censuses. However, his baptism was found at Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield

 On 28 April 1898, Edward Davis, son of William and Matilda Davis was baptised.

 The family lived at Station Cottages and William Davis worked as a labourer.

 A marriage was not found for Charles Tonks and Matilda Davis.

 

HOWARD DAVIS

 Howard Davis was born on the Handsworth border with Birmingham. He enlisted in Lambeth, London with the Rifle Brigade 8th Battalion – Sergeant S/978.  “He died from the effects of wounds on 31 July 1915 (France & Flanders) aged 27, probably at a casualty clearing station”. (C.W.G.C. Cemetery History). He was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Plot III.A.5A

  

Photograph Peter Moore 2014

Howard Davis is commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (Matthew Rhodes). He is also commemorated on the King Edwards Grammar School, Aston, Roll of Honour (Sylvia Williams).

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/102B13 page 1820 and 1915 Star Medal M/2B page 313

 He entered France on 20 May 1915

 Army Service Record

 He was born at Handsworth near Birmingham. He enlisted at Lambeth on 3 September 1914 aged 26 years and three months. He was a clerk and was single. He was 5’ 11 ½ inches tall and weighed 136 pounds. His chest measured 38 ½ inches and he was declared fit. He was posted to Winchester on 6 September 1914. He was promoted to Corporal on 8 October 1914 and to Sergeant on 14 November 1914. His next of kin were Edwin and Susan Davis of “Trevosa”, Jockey Hill, Sutton Coldfield. His siblings were Reginald, 29 of 3 “The Drive”, Gravelly Hill, Erdington; Sydney, 39 of 14 Bourneville Gardens, Clapham, London; Mary Olive, 34 of The Bungalow, Bentley and Anne Muriel 21 of 3, “The Drive”, Gravelly Hill.

On 24 March 1919 his plaque and scroll, medals, Princess Mary’s Christmas Gift of 24 December 1914 as well as personal belongings including: tin tablets, 1 roll book, bullet, 3 handkerchiefs, watch with broken glass, pipes, whistle, wallet with letters, cigarette lighter, 2 knives, 1 fob watch, 1 comb, 1 big case, 1 purse - were sent to his father at 3 The Drive, Hunton Hill off Gravelly Hill, Erdington

“Howard Davies was the son of Edwin and Susan M Davies of “Trevosa”, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield and formerly of Handsworth Wood. They received intimation on Friday 13th of his death. He was well known in rugby circles having played for Coventry, Warrington and Aston Old Edwardians. According to his Colour Sergeant, “It was during that liquid business that he was wounded”. (Sutton Coldfield News 21.8.1915)

 

1911 census “Trevosa”, Chester Road, Erdington

 Edwin Davis                         M         56        Manager Printers works – employer         b Birmingham

Susan M Davis                     M         54        Married 31 years, 9 children, 4 died         b Birmingham

Howard Davis                                   U         22        Clerk at cycle maker                                    b Birmingham

Reginald Davis                    U         21        Clerk at General printer                  b Birmingham

Annie Muriel Davis                          12                                                                    b Birmingham

 

1901 census 31 Livingstone Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham

Edwin Davis                         M         45        Printer – employer                           b Birmingham

Susan M Davis                     M         44                                                                    b Birmingham

Howard Davis                                   12                                                                    b Birmingham

Reginald Davis                                11                                                                    b Birmingham

Annie Davis                                        2                                                                    b Birmingham

 

TREVOR ARTHUR MANNING DAVIES

 Trevor Arthur Manning Davies was born in Walsall, Staffordshire. He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery, North Midland Division - Ammunition Column. He had army two service numbers – Acting Corporal 138211 and 2nd Lieutenant/ Lieutenant 726089.  Trevor Davies was killed in action on 1 July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The North Midland Division (46th) was involved in the attack on Gommecourt. He was buried at the Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2, Somme, Plot II.H.26. T. A. Davies is commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (non-parochial) (Mathew Rhodes)

 He is also commemorated on the King Edwards Grammar School, Aston, Roll of Honour (Sylvia Williams)

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/RFA 132 page 458 and the 1915 Star Medal OFF/132 page 117

 He entered the theatre of war in France on 24 December 1915. The card states he was declared missing, presumed killed in action.

 Trevor Arthur Manning Davies was the son of Arthur Manning and Ada Rose Davies of “Hafod”, Church Walks, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire, Wales.

 

1911 census 28 College Road, Clifton, Bristol

 Trevor Arthur Manning Davies      U         17        Student – boarder                b Walsall

 

1911 census 103 Hamstead Road, Handsworth

Arthur Manning Davies      M         43        Wholesale coal seller – employer b Wolverhampton

Ada R Davies                                   M         42        Married 19 years – 2 children                    b Birmingham

Horace Davies                                  16                                                                    b Walsall

Emma Parsons                     U         23        Domestic servant                             b Stafford

 

1901 census 215 Holly Road, Handsworth

Arthur Davies                                      M         33        Colliery agent/manager                  b Wolverhampton

Ada Davies                                            M         32                                                                    b Birmingham

Trevor Davies                                                   7                                                                    b Walsall

Horace Davies                                                 6                                                                    b Walsall

Fanny Brown                                    U         18        Domestic servant                             b Tipton

In 1914/15 the family resided at “Aragon House”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield (Electoral Roll)

In 1920 Arthur and Ada Davies were listed on the Electoral Roll at 2 Exchange Buildings, Edgbaston in Birmingham and also gave another home address of “Hafod”, Llandudno.

Probate

Trevor Arthur Manning Davies of “Aragon House”, Sutton Coldfield, Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery, North Division Ammunition Column died on or since 1.7.1916 in France in action. 

Administration was granted at Birmingham 1on 6.6.1917 to Arthur Manning Davies wholesale coal merchant. Effects: £183. 10s 1d

 

STEPHEN TURNER DAWSON

Stephen Turner Dawson was born at Duffield, Derbyshire. He enlisted at Hilsea, Hampshire with the No 3 Depot, Royal Field Artillery – Private 164189 and was transferred to the Suffolk Regiment 15th Battalion – Private 44243. Stephen Turner Dawson died of wounds/ bronchial pneumonia on 16 November 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 32. He possibly died at the 39th Stationary Hospital (C.W.G.C Cemetery History).  He was buried at the Lille Southern Cemetery, Plot I.B.27. Stephen T Dawson is commemorated on the St James Church Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose St James Church). 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 K/1/103 B6 page 1149

 “Stephen Turner Dawson was the son of the late William and Frances Dawson and the husband of Annie Dawson of 1 Church Terrace, Church Lane, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield. “According to his wife, Stephen Dawson died of bronchial pneumonia.” (Sutton Coldfield News 20.11.1918)

 The marriage of Stephen Dawson and Annie M Hampton was registered September 1918 Nuneaton 6d 1345

 Annie M Hampton was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah and she was born at Stockingford near Nuneaton.

 Annie M Dawson died in 1938.

The birth of Stephen J Dawson (mother Hampton) was registered December 1919 Nuneaton.

 

1911 census 11 High Street, Sutton Coldfield - Working for Frank Round Aston, Master Butcher

 Stephen Dawson                 U         26        Butcher’s assistant                          b Duffield, Derbyshire

 

1911 census 31 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Frances A Dawson              W        50        7 children – 3 died                           b Gresley, Derbyshire

Lionel Dawson                     U         23        Coal merchant’s clerk                                 b Nottingham

Harold Dawson                    U         22        Patent rack fitter – shop fitter                     b Cheshire

Ethel Dawson                                   U         20        Pawnbroker’s manageress                        b Birmingham

 

1901 census 31 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

William H Dawson               M         40        Decorator and painter, own account        b Birmingham

Frances Dawson                 M         40                                                                    b Gresley, Notts

Stephen Dawson                             15        Apprentice butcher                          b Duffield

Lionel Dawson                                 13        Apprentice chemist                          b Nottingham Park

Harold Dawson                                12                                                                    b Wallasey, Cheshire

Ethel Dawson                                   10                                                                    b Duddeston, Birmingham

 

WILLIAM DEVILLE

William Deville was born at Middleton near Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham on 17 November 1914 with the Royal Garrison Artillery 261 Siege Battery – Gunner 53461. William Deville was killed in action on 27 July 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 23. He was buried at an unknown place then reburied at the Hagle Dump Cemetery, Elverdinghe, Ypres, Plot III.C.5.  William Deville is commemorated on the Whitehouse Common Roll of Honour (At St Chad’s Church, Hollyfield Road)

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RGA/123B page 2237

 Army Service Record

 William Deville of 81 Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield enlisted on 17 November 1914 at Suffolk Street, Birmingham. He was 20 years and six months old.

 He was five feet 7 ½ inches tall and his chest measurement was 36 ½ inches.

 His next of kin was his father Frank Deville of “Oak Villas”, Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 He was attested on 17 November 1914 and sent to Plymouth. He was posted on 7 April 1915 to 36 Company. He was posted on 27 November 1915 to 82 Siege Company. There are other postings but the writing is too faded to read.

 He was killed in action on 27 July 1917.

 William Deville was the son of Frank and Florence Deville

 The Deville family lived at 81 Reddicap Heath Road in 1918 (Electoral Roll)

 

1911 census “Oak Villas”, Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield

Frank Deville                                    M         47        Labourer on farm                             b Sutton Coldfield

Florence Deville                   M         42        Married 22 years, 11 children 2 died        b Birmingham

Harriet Deville                                   U         20                                                                    b Middleton

Frank J Deville                     U         18        Labourer                                            b Middleton

William Deville                                 16        labourer                                             b Middleton

Ellen F Deville                                  13                                                                    b Middleton

Arthur Deville                                     11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Emily Deville                                       6                                                                    b Walmley

Frederick J Deville                             5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Annie Deville                                       0                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census Thimble End, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield

Frank Deville                                    M         35        Farm labourer                                               b Middleton

Florence Deville                               M         31                                                                    b Birmingham

Harriet Deville                                               10                                                                    b Walmley

Frank Deville                                                  8                                                                    b Walmley

William Deville                                               6                                                                    b Walmley (sic)

Howard Deville                                              4                                                                    b Walmley

Florence Deville                                             3                                                                    b Walmley

Arthur Deville                                                 1                                                                    b Walmley

Emily Deville                                       3 months old                                                           b Walmley

 

Baptism records at Middleton

Henry Arthur Deville was baptised on 20 October 1895 to parents Frank and Florence Deville.

They lived at Allen End Middleton. Frank Deville was a labourer.

Reginald Howard Deville was baptised on 22 November 1896 to parents Frank and Florence Deville.

They lived at Allen End.

More about Frank J Deville

An army medal roll index card was found for Frank J Deville.

He was a driver with the Royal Field artillery – Private 148357

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RFA 265B page 33096

No other military record was found for him but he seems to have survived the war.

Frank J Deville is commemorated on the Whitehouse Common Roll of Honour held at St Chad’s Church, Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield

More about Howard R Deville

An army medal roll index card was found for a Howard R Deville who was a Private -R35, with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

He entered the theatre of war in France on 21 July 1915.

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/101/B18 page 2279 and the 1915 Star Medal M/2B page 286.

He was discharged so does not appear to have died during the war.

No other military record was found for him.

Howard R Deville is not listed on the Whitehouse Common Roll of Honour.

REGINALD DeLattre (also De Lattre) (Known as Rex)

Reginald DeLattre was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Fusiliers 26th Battalion – Private 19481 Reginald DeLattre was killed in action on 10 October 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 19  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He was commemorated on the Boldmere Swimming Memorial and the Wylde Green United Reform Church Memorial 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 Ban TP/104 B page 8

De Ruvigney Roll of Honour

Reginald DeLattre – taken from the Lloyds Bank Memorial Album 1914-1918 (from David Eason). Reginald DeLattre was the son of Mr and Mrs F.H. DeLattre of 15 Harewood Avenue, Bournemouth “Prior to the war he resided at 72 Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield with his family. He was educated at Bishop  Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield. After school he worked for Lloyds Bank, Southam branch, near Leamington. He enlisted with the “Bankers” Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. He had been selected for officer training. He went to the front on 3 May 1916, his 19th Birthday.” (Sutton Coldfield News 11.11.1916)

It appears that prior to joining Lloyds Bank, Reginald DeLattre sat the Post Office entrance examination.

Post Office Entrance List - April 1913 Birmingham

Reginald DeLattre               Boy Clerk       SBD                Number 70959   

 

1911 census 72 Highbridge Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

Frank Henry DeLattre                     M         49        Accountant for City Council                      b Sutton Coldfield

Jane DeLattre                                   M         44        Married 17 years – 2 children                    b Sutton Coldfield

Eric Frank DeLattre                         15                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Reginald DeLattre                           13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

The family lived at 72 Highbridge Road in 1901.

Frank Henry DeLattre was baptised on 4 August 1861 at Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield.

Frank Henry DeLattre married Jane Croshaw 5 October 1893 Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield

Probate

Frank Henry DeLattre of 44 Worcester Road, Sutton, Surrey died on 27 February 1944 at York Road Nursing Home, Cheam. Probate was awarded at Llandudno on 5 July 1944 to Jane DeLattre, widow.  Effects: £4479 13s 3d

Jane DeLattre of Courtfield, 44 Worcester Road, Sutton, Surrey, widow, died 12 July 1947. Probate granted at London on 21.10.1947 to Eric Frank DeLattre, Chief Accountant, N.A.A.F.I. 

Effects: £11488 15s 11d

The DeLattre family history in Sutton Coldfield appears to have begun with Frank Henry’s father who was Jean-Michel DeLattre.

The marriage of Jean-Michel DeLattre and Frances Smith was registered September Oxford 3a 873

 

1861 census Duke Street, Maney, Sutton Coldfield

Michel DeLattre                    M         32        Professor of languages                  b France

Frances DeLattre                 M         27                                                                    b Kennington, Berks

Emma (unreadable)                                    14        House servant                                              b Birmingham

Mary Bourne                         U         40        Mortgagee                                         b Kingswinford

Jean-Michel DeLattre of Duke Street, Sutton Coldfield died on 26 January 1893. He left £200 to his widow.

In the 1866 Morris Commercial Directory for Sutton Coldfield, Jean-Michel DeLattre was listed as a professor or languages and drawing master – of Maney, Sutton Coldfield.

Jean-Michel and Frances DeLattre had five children baptised at Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield

Louis Joules Michel DeLattre                                baptised 28 June 1859

buried 2 July 1860 aged 1 of Maney

Frank Henry DeLattre                                             baptised 4 August 1861

Walter Albert DeLattre                                 baptised 20 July 1863

Louisa Frances Alberta DeLattre              baptised 29 September 1865

Alfred Leopold DeLattre                              baptised 14 November 1869

 

1891 census Duke Street, Sutton Coldfield

Jean Michel DeLattre                      M         62        Professor of Languages school    b France

Frances DeLattre                 M         57                                                                    b Kennington, Berks

Frank Henry DeLattre                     U         29        Mercantile clerk                                b Sutton Coldfield

Louise F DeLattre                U         25        School mistress                                b Sutton Coldfield

Annie H DeLattre                 U         23        School mistress                                b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred L DeLattre                  U         21        Clerk – engineer’s office                b Sutton Coldfield

Mary Bourne                         U         70        Visitor – own means                                    b Kingswinford

Elizabeth Goodwin                          15        Domestic servant                             b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census “Girls School”, Lichfield Road, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield

Annie H DeLattre                 U         33        School mistress                                b Sutton Coldfield

Frances DeLattre                 W        67        Own means                                      b Kennington

Alice M Smith                                   U         47        Aunt – housekeeper                                   b Kennington

Louise H Hawkes                M         35        Visitor- sister                                     b Sutton Coldfield

Kenneth Hawkes                               4        Nephew                                             b Erdington

Alan Hawkes                                                  1        Nephew                                             b Erdington

Louise H DeLattre married Francis Horatio Hawkes on 23 August 1893 Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield

In 1911, Alfred Leopold DeLattre lived at Hendon.

He was an engineering supervisor for the Post Office. Alfred had joined the post office twice – in 1886 at Birmingham and in October 1898, at Birmingham, as a technical officer/ engineer.

Alfred Leopold DeLattre died in 1953 at Eastbourne and left an estate of £4924 8. 2d.  Administration was granted to John Francis DeLattre, bank official.

Sarah Kate DeLattre, his widow died two months after him, also at Eastbourne and her estate was also administered by John Francis DeLattre. Her estate was worth £12769 18s 7d.

John Francis DeLattre was the son of Alfred Leopold DeLattre.

Eric Frank DeLattre

Eric Frank DeLattre enlisted on 14 June 1916 at Suffolk Street, Birmingham with the Warwickshire Regiment – Private 275027

He resided at “Bourneville”, Wylde Green. He was single, aged 20 years and six months. He worked as a clerk.

He had served with the 8th Royal Warwickshire Cadets prior to enlisting. He had been placed in the army reserve on 9 December 1915 then mobilised on 17 February 1916 and was posted to the Labour Corps. He was officially called up for service on 12 April 1916, on pay, but was not mobilised at that time.

He was 5’ 6” tall, with a chest measurement of 34 ½”. He had dark brown hair, hazel eyes and was of fair health. He gave his mother Jane DeLattre as his next of kin, also of “Bourneville”, Wylde Green.

He was discharged on 13 February 1919 as surplus to military requirements. At that time he was a chartered accountant and company clerk.

He had reached the position of Lance Corporal with the 639 Home Service Employment Corps (on 15 September 1917).

He was invalided out of the army due to shortness of breath and possible mitral valve problems (heart), but the records are illegible in the main. He was reviewed by a medical board.

There are letters between the Labour Corps at Isleworth and the Alliance Assurance Company about some life bonus bonds but they are also hard to read.

The marriage of Eric Frank DeLattre and Ethel Margaret Blakesley was registered March 1924 Basford Nottinghamshire.

Ethel DeLattre died in 1958 at Bury St Edmunds.

Eric Frank DeLattre died in 1958 at Hailsham Sussex.

Other information was found about the wider DeLattre family but is not reproduced in this document.

Eric DeLattre and Reginald DeLattre

This photograph was shared via ancestry.com by a relative of the DeLattre family from the USA.

Eric DeLattre, born 1895 was aged 6 years and 3 months when this photograph was taken.

Reginald DeLattre, born 1897 was aged 4 years and 5 months when this photograph was taken.

The photograph was taken in October 1901 by Mowell Photographers of 174 Broad Street, Birmingham

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private B/19482 Reginald DeLattre. 26th (Bankers Battalion) Royal Fusiliers. Died: Tuesday 10th October 1916. Aged: 19. During October the British forces fought a series of actions known as the Battles of the Transloy Ridges and Ancre Heights around Thiepval. It rained continuously and what had been mud became deep mire. It now took two days to travel via a succession of staging posts from the reserve lines to the front. Eaucourt L’Abbaye had been captured by the 47th Division between the 1 and 3 October and Le Sars was taken by the 23rd Division on 7 October 1916. On 7 October 1916 the 26th Royal Fusiliers (124th Brigade, 41st Division) attacked Bayonet Trench, in front of le Barque, Ligny and Thilloy, gaining some ground. Over the next three days they were subject to heavy shelling and machine gun fire; the Battalion being relieved on 10 October by the 17th Manchester Regiment. Reginald was attached to the Trench Mortar Battery and was killed during the fighting, along with 6 officers and 43 other ranks.  So many men were missing in action during this time that they were only declared killed in action on 10 October. Thiepval Ridge was captured by 30 October 1916. Reginald DeLattre is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial: Pier and Face 8C, 9A and 16A.  He is also commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square Sutton Coldfield and on the Boldmere Swimming Club Memorial, Sutton Park.

 Reginald DeLattre was born on 3 May 1897 and was the son of Frank Henry (Mercantile Clerk) and Jane DeLattre of 15, Harewood Avenue, Bournemouth.

 The family originally resided at 72 Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 Reginald attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1906 and 1912 and then Lawrence’s Civil Service College, Birmingham.

 After leaving school he was employed as a Bank clerk by Lloyd’s Bank, which led to him enlisting in the Banker’s Battalion, Royal Fusiliers raised by the Lord Mayor and City of London, in September 1915.

 He went to the Front on May 3rd 1916, the day he became 19 years of age.

 After he died, one of his officers wrote to his parents: “We all thought a good deal of your lad, who was one of the best and his Commanding Officer had recommended him for a commission.” 

 His brother Eric Frank DeLattre served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, but was invalided out due to ill health.

 He served as a clerk at Budbrooke Barracks, near Warwick.”

 (David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 Sutton Coldfield Observer 4 October 2013

 Gulf War Veteran and military historian, David Eason, had a comprehensive article published in 2013 about Reginald DeLattre. He is trying to trace the family of Reginald DeLattre. David has given permission to reproduce extracts of his article here. David is creating a Lasting Roll of Honour for those who had links to Leamington Spa during the Great War.  He aims to update the original Roll of Honour. Reginald worked for Lloyds Bank in Leamington Spa prior to enlisting.   Private Reginald DeLattre was killed during the Battle of the Somme in France in 1916. He was born in Sutton Coldfield on 3 May 1897 and was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. He went on to attend Lawrence’s College in Birmingham. He went to work at Lloyds Bank in Leamington Spa in 1914 prior to being called up in 1915. He joined the 26th Battalion (Bankers) Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment which was composed mainly of former clerks and accountants. “Between October 7 and October 10 1916 those soldiers in the Somme were under a lot of pressure. Nobody knew where anybody was. They were looking to stay alive let alone fight the Germans.  In November 1916 the battalion came under the command of the 124th Brigade, 41st Division, arriving in France on May 4th 1916. By May 8th they had concentrated the whole division between Hazebrouck and Bailleul, south west of the Belgian border and Leper (Ypres).  In 1916 the Division saw action during the Battles of the Somme (July 1 to November 18) at the Battles of Flers-Courcelette and Transloy Ridge. On October 7, during the battle of Transloy Ridge, the 26th Battalion attacked Bayonet Trench in front of Le Barque, Ligny and Thilloy, gaining some ground.  But for the next three days the attackers came under constant heavy shelling and machine gun fire until October 10, when the battalion was relieved by the 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Reginald was killed in action, aged just 19, between Saturday October 7 and Tuesday October 10 along with six officers and 42 other ranks from the Battalion, who were only confirmed as killed in action on October 10, as there were so many men missing at this time.”  Reginald is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Among the many letters his parents received was one from one of his officers. It read: “We all thought a good deal of your lad, who was one of the best, and his Commanding Officer had recommended him for a commission”.

Reginald is commemorated on the Lloyds Bank War memorial at their retail banking head office in Bristol and in the Lloyds Bank War Memorial Book held at their head office in Gresham Street, London.

Many thanks go to David for his part in remembering those lost during the Great War and allowing us to share the information about Reginald DeLattre.

                               

           

The Thiepval Memorial by David Eason

T DEWSBURY - It appears that this entry is an error and is a duplicate of that for John Trevor Duesbury.

 Here is the portion of the Sutton Coldfield War Memorial panel that holds both T Dewsbury and T Duesbury

 It could be a simple mistake when the list was drawn up for the builders of the war memorial. Many errors in this list have been noted. A search through all of the online records, military and genealogy, plus library archive materials, for any links with T Dewsbury and Sutton Coldfield was not successful.

 There was a link made with John Trevor Duesbury – see that entry. This man took the name of Trevor.

 The name of Dewsbury/Duesbury has been spelt in a variety of ways in the Sutton Coldfield area

(Yvonne Moore- Dewsbury Family Tree Records)

The only Dewsbury family found to have a link to Sutton Coldfield was this one. They did not have a son with a first name beginning with T.

1911 census “Oakland”, Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield

Isaac Dewsbury                   M         59        Harness manufacturer - employer            b Walsall

Thirza Dewsbury                  M         59        Married 25 years, 4 children all alive        b Bloxwich

Eleanor Maude Dewsbury U         34                                                                    b Walsall

William Dewsbury                U         32        Harness maker – employer                        b Walsall

 In 1901, the family lived at Clifton Road Sutton Coldfield.

The remaining two children were Hannah and Edith. In 1911, Edith Dewsbury was residing in the household of John Bamford at The Croft, Blackroot Road Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Dewsbury was baptised at St Pauls Church, Aston in 1900 to parents Thomas and Mary Dewsbury, but no link has been found to Sutton Coldfield.

A search of the ‘soldiers who died’ index T Dewsbury found these entries

Thomas Dewsbury – Indian Defence Force/ Indian Army No 183

Thomas Dewsbury – Liverpool Regiment No 5342/ 267221

Thomas Dewsbury – Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment No 93927

Thomas Dewsbury – Essex Regiment No 48646

Thomas Dewsbury – Kings Royal Rifles No R/7924

None of these men appear to have a link to Sutton Coldfield.

TED DILLON 

Ted Dillon was born in Oldbury, Staffordshire in 1896. He enlisted at Handsworth on 23 October 1914 with the Royal Army Service Corps. He was a Farrier/ Driver – T/4/239795. Ted Dillon died on 8 June 1918 from clinical dysentery at Rouen. Ted Dillon was buried at the St Sever Extension, Part 11, Rouen, Plot Q. III. D. 5 Ted Dillon 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 RASC/101/B176 page 17974

Army Service Record

Ted Dillon enlisted on 23 October 1914 at the age of 18 years and 11 months.  He was single and worked as a Railway Porter. He was born at Oldbury in Staffordshire.  His medical shows that he was 5’ 5 ½” tall, weighed 126 pounds, had a chest measurement of 35 ½”. He had a fresh complexion, hazel eyes and light brown hair.  He had a small mole in the centre of his chest. He was declared fit to serve in the army. He was Church of England.

 He was embodied on 23 October 1914 and was posted under the authority of the regular army service corps on 1 September 1916.  He spent some time at Dublin but the dates are not clear. He was sent to France on 20 February 1917, sailing from Southampton on ‘S.S. North West Miller’ and disembarked at Havre.

He then joined the ASC/N6/3035 523 Company 59th Divisional Train as a farrier driver. He was awarded his 1st G. C. Badge on 2 February 1917 – B213a/14/4/17. He was admitted to hospital with diahorrea on 10 May 1918. His medical notes are hard to read but it appears that he suffered blood and mucus in his stools with much pain. He had several attacks of heart failure, finally succumbing to clinical dysentery on 8 June 1918.  He died at the 25th Stationary Hospital at Rouen. He had previously had an episode of colitis whilst serving in Dublin in 1916 and was admitted to King George Hospital.  He had served three years and 22 days in the army.  Letters from the War Office in London confirm that his parents were Edward and Maryann Dillon of 47 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield.  Ted Dillon had not married and had no children.  His surviving relatives were his father and mother plus his siblings.  His siblings were Henry aged 32 of 24 Avenue Road, Handsworth, Charles aged 28 of 175 Cotterills Lane, Ward End, Birmingham, Sarah Annie aged 29 of 47 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield and Ellen Deville, aged 26 of 12 Orchard Street, Rotherham.

Ted Dillon was the son of Edward and Maryann Dillon of 47 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield. “Ted Dillon had worked for Mr T Nicholls, Butcher of 10 Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield but at the time he enlisted he worked for the Great Western Railway at Handsworth Station.  He went to Ireland in 1916 and to France in February 1917 and died in hospital at Rouen of dysentery.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 22.6.1918)

 

1911 census 47 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

 

Edward Dillon                                   M         49        Labourer on highways – council  b Oldbury

Maryann Dillon                    M         48        Married 28 years 7 children 2 died           b West Bromwich

Sarah Annie Dillon              U         22        Char woman                                     b Oldbury

Ted Dillon                                          15        Errand boy at butchers                   b Oldbury

 

1901 census 10 Junction Road, Oldbury, Staffordshire

 

Edward Dillon                                   M         38        General labourer                              b Oldbury

Mary Ann Dillon                                M         37                                                                    b West Bromwich

Henry Dillon                                     15        General labourer                              b West Bromwich

Annie Dillon                                     12                                                                    b Oldbury

Charles Dillon                                   10                                                                    b Oldbury

Nellie Dillon                                        8                                                                    b Oldbury

Ted Dillon                                            5                                                                    b Oldbury

 

It appears from the army service record for Ted Dillon that his sister Ellen (Nellie) married a Deville. So far this marriage has not been found. All the Deville males listed on the record for William Deville were checked but none appeared to be her husband. Deville was a fairly substantial name in the Walsall area at the time so she could have married a Deville from another branch of the family.  It is not clear if either Henry or Charles Dillon served during the Great War. Several military records are listed for both names, but nothing conclusive was found for these men. 

 

ROBERT DOWDING

 Robert Dowding was born at Worcester. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 19493 and was transferred to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 6th Battalion – Private 33138. Robert Dowding died on 3 January 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 29. He was buried at the Boisguillaume Community Cemetery, France, Plot II. C. 5A. Robert Dowding 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 BL/106 B6 page 1184

No further military record was found for him online.

Robert Dowding was the son of Frederick and Mary Dowding of Martley, Worcestershire.

Robert Dowding was the husband of Ellen Dowding

The marriage of Robert Dowding and Ellen Spilsbury was registered December 1909 Martley 6c 398

“Robert Downing died from a disease rather than wounds. He was in the choir at St James Church, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield.” (Sutton Coldfield News 10.2.1917)

1911 census “Woodland View”, Lichfield Road, Hill, Sutton Coldfield

Robert Dowding                   M         26        Domestic gardener                          b Martley, Worcs

Ellen Dowding                                 M         28                                                                    b Martley

 

1911 census “Hollins Coppice”, Martley, Worcestershire

Frederick Dowding              M         57        Agricultural labourer                                   b Martley

Mary Dowding                                  M         47        Married 29 years 4 children all alive         b Martley

Edith Dowding                                             16                                                                    b Martley

Margaret Sheargold             W        81        Mother                                                            b Lulsley

 

1901 census Newtown, Martley, Worcestershire

Frederick Dowding              M         47        Agricultural labourer                                   b Martley

Mary Dowding                                  M         37                                                                    b Martley

Robert Dowding                               13        Carter on farm                                              b Martley

Edith Dowding                                               6                                                                    b Martley

Margaret Sheargold             W        71                                                                    b Lulsley

ERNEST DOWNING

Ernest Downing was born in Birmingham. He enlisted in 1915 at Birmingham with the 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 1267. Ernest Downing died of wounds on 1 August 1916 (France & Flanders) at Rouen aged 20. The 15th Royal Warwickshire Regiment were involved in action at High Wood on 24 July 1916 (SDBD). Ernest Downing was buried at the St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Plot B.29.18 Ernest Downing 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 B1 page 2119 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 145. No further military records were found for him online. Ernest Downing was the son of Mr and Mrs F Downing of 75 Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield and late of Mere Green. Ernest Downing was the husband of Elizabeth Baker. The marriage of Ernest Downing and Elizabeth Baker was registered December 1915 Aston 6d 1642. The child born to Ernest and Elizabeth Downing was Dorothy L Downing. The birth of Dorothy L Downing was registered March 1915 Tamworth 6b 729 “He was married with one child.  He was the nephew of W Downing (William) and was employed at the Dunlop factory. He enlisted on Easter Monday 1915.  He was shot through his right shoulder and lung on July 24th 1916 and died in Rouen Hospital.” (Sutton Coldfield News 12.8.1916)

 

1911 census 12 Mona Cottages, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Charles Downing           M         39        Gardener                                           b Lichfield

Ada Alice Downing              M         38        Married 16 years 2 children                       b Kinver, Worcs

Ernest Frederick Downing             15        Warehouse boy                                b Birmingham

Lilian Harriet Downing                                11                                                                    b Derby

Arthur Thomas Downing    U         29        Mechanic                                          b Four Oaks

 According to the Boldmere Church records, the family lived at 75 Sheffield Road in 1916.

WILLIAM DOWNING

 

William Downing was born in Bloxwich. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps 9th Battalion – Rifleman A/1981. William Downing died from wounds on 30 July 1915 (France & Flanders) aged 35. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate. William Downing was commemorated on the St James Church, Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose St James Church) He worshipped at St James Church, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/101 B3 page 388 and 1915 Star Medal C761 M/2 B page 15

His qualifying date in France was 19 May 1915

His medal card was date stamped on 15 February 1983 – was this because someone was researching him?

No further military record for him was found online.

William Downing was the son of John and Harriet Downing

“William Downing was reported missing on 12 August 1915. He was assumed killed in June 1915.  He was the uncle of Ernest Downing.”  (Sutton Coldfield News12.8. 1915)

 

1911 census Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield

John Downing                                 W        67        Gardener                                           b Lichfield

William Downing                 U         32        Labourer                                            b Walsall

 

1901 census Private Cottages, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield

John Downing                                 M         56        Gardener                                           b Walsall (sic)

Harriet A Downing               M         58                                                                    b Shustoke, Warks

Henry J Downing                 U         25        Warehouse clerk                              b St George, Walsall

William J Downing              U         21        Bricklayer’s labourer                                   b St George, Walsall

Arthur T Downing                U         18        Commercial clerk                             b St James, Hill

 

1891 census near St James Church, Hill, Sutton Coldfield

John Downing                                 M         45        Gardener                                           b Lichfield

Harriet Downing                   M         47                                                                    b Shustoke

Harriet Downing                   U         21        Dressmaker                                       b Lichfield

Frederick Downing              U         16                                                                    b Lichfield

Henry Downing                                15                                                                    b Walsall

Arthur Downing                                 8                                                                    b Walsall

 

JOHN TREVOR DUESBURY

 John Trevor Duesbury was known as Trevor. He was born at Duffield in Derbyshire. He enlisted at Reading with the Royal Berkshire Regiment 8th Battalion (Princess Charlotte of Wales) – Lance Corporal 17901. He died on 8 March 1916 in England aged 38. His death was registered March 1916 at Wortley, West Riding of Yorkshire 9c 382. He was buried at the Uttoxeter Road Cemetery, Derby, Plot 3973

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/105 B6 page 993 and the 1915 Star Medal – L/5B page 143.  

He entered the theatre of France on 19 October 1915

An application for his 1914 -15 Star Medal was received from John Duesbury, father of the late Lance Corporal J. T. Duesbury 17901 RBR. 

His address was Lime Avenue, Duffield in Derby.  John Trevor Duesbury was the son of John Duesbury of Derby. “John Trevor Duesbury was a native of Derby.  He was the Borough Electrical Engineer for Sutton Coldfield, based at Riland Road. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He was a member of Streetly and Little Aston Golf Clubs.

He enlisted with the Berkshire Regiment in May 1915.

He was offered a commission but turned it down as he wanted experience in the ranks first.

He went to France in October 1915.

At first he was in the trenches then was transferred to transport.

His health broke down and he was at a base hospital for six weeks.

He was then moved to Wharncliff Military Hospital in Sheffield which was where he died.” (Sutton Coldfield News 18.3.1916)

1911 census 1 Royal Road, Sutton Coldfield

Trevor Duesbury                  U         33        Engineer & manager for Corporation Electric Department

Margaret Brooks                   M         33        House Keeper                                              b Smethwick

Isobel Mary Brooks                          10                                                                    b London

 
Site of the Electric Light Station in Sutton Coldfield

It does not appear that John Trevor Duesbury was married.

Probate

John Trevor Duesbury of 33 Heyworth Street, Derby a Private in the Royal Berkshire Regiment died 8 March 1916 at Wharncliff War Hospital, Sheffield while on active service.

Administration at Derby on 5 May 1916 was granted to John Duesbury, assistant overseer

Effects:  £291.18s


The grave of John Trevor Duesbury taken from the Wharncliff Hospital Archive 

 

ANTHONY EADS

 Anthony Eads was the brother of George Phillip Eads, see next entry. Anthony Eads was born in Wellingborough. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield on 2 February 1917 with the Somerset Light Infantry 1st Battalion – Private 28171. His army medal index card noted he had a second regimental number with the Prince Albert’s Somerset Light Infantry which was Private 7/6643. He was killed in action on 24 October 1918 (France & Flanders). He was buried at the Verchain British Cemetery, Verchain- Maugre, France, Plot C.16. He was commemorated on the St James Church, Hill, Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose, St James Church)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals C/2/102 B6 page 678. He was killed in action.  No further military record was found for him online.

“Anthony Eads was the son of George and Henrietta Eads. He was a chorister at St James Church, Hill, Sutton Coldfield. Prior to enlisting he was employed at the Birmingham Corporation Gas Department. He enlisted with the Somerset Regiment on 2 February 1917 and was sent to France on August 1917. He was wounded in October 1917 and returned to England, returning to France in March 1918. His eldest brother was missing since 9 May 1915.  Another brother was discharged from the army in May 1918 and a third brother was serving in Salonika.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 23.11.1918)

1911 census Midland Road, Thrapston, Northamptonshire

George Eads                         M         51        Foreman joiner                                 b Hannington

Henrietta Eads                     M         52        Married 27 years, 10 children 3 died        b Podington

Thomas Charles Eads        U         23        House painter                                               b Northampton

Dorothy Eads                                    U         20        Sewing machine tailoring - factory           b Wellingborough

Agnes Eads                          U         18        Sewing machine tailoring – factory          b Wellingborough

John Eads                             U         18        Carpenter’s apprentice                   b Wellingborough

Henrietta Eads                                 14        Sewing machine tailoring – factory          b Wellingborough

Anthony Eads                                              12                                                                    b Wellingborough

Hannington is in Northamptonshire

Anthony Eads was listed on the 1918 Electoral Roll at 2 West View, Lichfield Road, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield.

Anthony Eads does not appear to have been married.

 

GEORGE PHILLIP EADS

George Phillip Eads was born in Northampton. He was the brother of Anthony Eads. His military record is somewhat complicated but he last served with the Northamptonshire Regiment 2nd Battalion – Private 16992  George Phillip Eads was killed in action during the Battle of Aubers Ridge (ASD) on 9 May 1915 (France & Flanders) He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

 


G P EADS on the Ploegsteert Memorial and the Memorial Monument (CGWC History)

George Philip Eads was commemorated on the St James Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose St James Church). G P Eads is also commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Maney, Roll of Honour (Matthew Rhodes).

Army Service and Pension Records

It is possible that George Phillip Eads signed up with the Northamptonshire Regiment prior to the outbreak of war and was placed on the reserve list as medically unfit. Unfortunately the documents are not included in his service records found online at ancestry.co.uk. From the records we learn that George Phillip Eads was born at St Giles Parish in Northampton. He enlisted with the Gloucestershire Regiment on 31 August 1914 at the Technical Schools, Birmingham. He was Private 11236.  He was aged 28. He worked as a plumber and had been an apprentice for Messrs E Brown and Sons between 1897 and 1902.

After being attested on 31 August 1914 he was promoted to Lance Corporal on 5 September 1914. However, he was discharged on 18 September 1914 Para 392 (iii) (c) Kings Regulations 1912 as unfit to become a soldier on medical grounds. He had served 29 days.  The reason for this discharge is unclear. At his medical on 31 August 1914 he was declared fit. His height was 5’ 8 ¾” and he weighed 147 pounds with a chest measurement of 36 ½ “. His complexion was fresh, his eyes grey and hair was brown. He had a scar on his right thigh and on the bridge of his nose.It was noted that he was serving as a Class 1 Reservist, late of the Northampton Regiment by the Territorial Force Association on 29 September 1914 (Warwickshire). He was registered prior to 11 August 1914.

He was persistent and went on to join the Royal Army Medical Corps on 10 October 1914 at Birmingham – as Private 40190 but was again discharged on 17 October 1914 as ‘not being likely to become an efficient soldier on medical grounds’. It appears that he was diagnosed with ataxia, possibly the second word, which is hard to read, is telangiectasia. If this was the case then he had a rare inherited neurological disease that affects balance, co-ordination and speech as well as blood vessels. It does not have a very good prognosis, and is no wonder that he was rejected as unfit to serve.  He then appears to have transferred to the Northamptonshire Regiment 2nd Battalion as Private 16992. However the sheets for this enlistment are not included in his service records. He appears to have entered the French theatre of war on 29 April 1915.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals K/1/101 B15 page 677 and the 1915 Star Medal K/1/1/B3 page 384. The medal card confirmed that he died on 9 May 1915

George Phillip Eads was the son of George and Henrietta Eads and the husband of Edith Eads. George Philip Eads married Edith Partridge on 20 April 1908 at Rushden Parish Church Northampton.  The witnesses were Charles Partridge and John Busby. Edith Eads lived at Mere Green Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield. It is not known if they had children. It appears that between the 1911 census and his enlistment in 1914, George Phillip Eads lived at 63 Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield (Electoral Roll).

1911 census 1 Blinco Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire

George Phillip Eads                        M         25        Plumber – unemployed                  b Northampton

Edith Eads                            M         24        Boot Eyeletter                                               b Podington, Beds

1911 census Midland Road, Thrapston, Northamptonshire

George Eads                         M         51        Foreman joiner                                 b Hannington N’hants

Henrietta Eads                     M         52        Married 27 years 10 children 3 died         b Podington

Thomas Charles Eads        U         23        House painter                                               b Northampton

Dorothy Eads                                    U         20        Sewing machine tailoring - factory           b Wellingborough

Agnes Eads                          U         18        Sewing machine tailoring – factory          b Wellingborough

John Eads                             U         18        Carpenter’s apprentice                   b Wellingborough

Henrietta Eads                                 14        Sewing machine tailoring – factory          b Wellingborough

Anthony Eads                                              12                                                                    b Wellingborough

1901 census 59 Park Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

George Eads                         M         41        Foreman joiner                                 b Hannington

Henrietta Eads                     M         42                                                                    b Northampton

George P Eads                                 15        Shoe clicker                                      b Northampton

Thomas C Eads                               13        Errand boy boot trade                                  b Northampton

Dorothy Eads                                     10                                                                    b Wellingborough

John Eads                                           8                                                                    b Wellingborough

Agnes Eads                                        8                                                                    b Wellingborough

Henrietta Eads                                   4                                                                    b Wellingborough

Anthony Eads                                     2                                                                    b Wellingborough

1891 census 2 Senwick Road, Wellingborough

George Eads                         M         31        Carpenter                                          b Hannington

Henrietta Eads                     M         32                                                                    b Northampton

George P Eads                                   5                                                                    b Northampton

Thomas C Eads                                 3                                                                    b Northampton

Dorothy Eads                                                  5 months old                                                           b Wellingborough

Siblings See the entry for Anthony Eads.

Thomas Charles Eads
It appears that Thomas Charles Eads joined the Kings Royal Rifles – Private 33962 but his theatre of war is unknown. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/101B/32 page 3953 The Kings Royal Rifle Corps were sent to Salonika on 5 December 1915. However, we do not know in which battalion Thomas Charles Eads served.

 

John Eads

John Eads served during the war.  It is possible that he joined the Gloucester Regiment – Corporal 11318 and then was transferred to the Royal Engineers – Sapper 11318. He entered the theatre of war in France on 18 July 1915 and was placed in the 2nd Reserve on 3 June 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RE/101/B89 page 18946 and the 1915 Star Medal RE/3c page 7874 . The Gloucester Regiment 2nd Battalion were sent to Salonika during 1918, so the brother in Salonika could have been John Eads. However, it is not clear when he was transferred to the Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineers did have a presence in Salonika from October 1915.       

The Battle of Aubers Ridge

This battle has been described as a dreadful disaster by many war historians. The battle was due to commence on the 4th May but was postponed due to heavy rain. The battle commenced in better weather at sunrise on 9 May 1915. The 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment formed the north part of the ‘pincer movement’ planned by General Haig. The British army had few guns and little ammunition whereas the German had spent 7 weeks strengthening their defences with barbed wire, sand bags and defended buildings. Haig was criticised for concentrating most of the artillery in the area around Ypres. From ‘Private Albert Money’s Tale (www.ict.griffith.edu.au) the ‘poor old Northampton’s were the first in the firing line. The bombardment started at 5 am and at 5.30 am they had to leave the trenches to get up to the Germans whilst facing heavy bombardment.  The Germans pounded shrapnel between the reserve trenches and the firing line. We could see the Northants going over the open in good order through the smoke. It was simply raining lead.’ That day, the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment lost 426 men including 12 officers at Aubers Ridge.

 George Hubert Eagles was born on 3 October 1892 at Exeter. He enlisted on 12 January 1915 at Woolwich with the 3rd Company 29th Divisional Train, Army Service Corps – Corporal T4/ 043822. George Hubert Eagles was killed in action in France on 3 June 1917 aged 24. He was buried at the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Plot V Row G Grave 15

  
The gravestone is inscribed “Roman Catholic. RIP”

Army Medal Roll
He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RASC/101 B30 page 3013

Army Service Record

He lived at 47 Wellington Road Charlton, London SE at the time he enlisted on 12 January 1915.  He was single and gave his occupation as farmer. He was 22 years and three months old. His father was Thomas Albert Eagles of 8 Meadowhill Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent – his last known address. His mother and next of kin was Eleanor A Eagles of 31 Selwyn Road, Richmond, Surrey. Eleanor Eagles resided at this address on 25 September 1917 and 27 July 1919 according to letters sent from the regiment to her about her son’s belongings. By 7 November 1919 she had moved to 13 Surrey Field Road, Richmond, Surrey.

George Hubert Eagles was 5’ 8” tall, weighed 149 pounds and had a chest measurement of 38 ½” and was in good health.  He was made an Acting Lance Corporal on 3 May 1915 and an Acting Sergeant on 14 December 1915. He reverted to Acting Corporal at his own request on 28 February 1916. He had home leave between 12 January 1915 and 19 March 1916. He was in France between 20 March 1916 and the day he died in the field on 3 June 1917.

George Hubert Eagles was the son of Thomas and Eleanor Eagles

1911 census 102 De Vere Gardens, Ilford, Essex

Eleanor Ann Eagles                M         60        Married 26 years - 2 children              b Kendal

Thomas Rosse Eagles            U         23        Assist. Surveyor of taxes Inland Rev b Brixham, Devon

George Hubert Eagles            U         18        Accounts clerk                                                b Exeter

1901 census Broadmead, Paignton, Devon

Eleanor A Eagles                     M         49        Hotel proprietor                                   b Kendal

Hubert G Eagles                                   8                                                                    b Exeter

Alice Conway                          U         23        Niece waitress                                                b Kendal

Eleanor Conway                     U         18        Niece domestic servant                      b Barrow, Lancs

1891 census Alphington Road, Exeter

Thomas A Eagles                    M         29        Waterproof covers manufacturer       b Oxford

Eleanor Eagles                        M         29 (sic)                                                            b Kendal

Thomas Rosse Eagles                          3                                                                    b Brixham, Devon

It appears that between the 1891 and 1901 census Thomas and Eleanor were separated and lived apart. Prior to the 1911 census, Eleanor and her son George had moved to Sutton Coldfield and he attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School for about a year. Thomas Rosse Eagles and his wife Mary had a son George Rigby Eagles born in 1921. George Rigby Eagles died on 24 May 1941 during the Second World War. George Rigby Eagles is commemorated on the Naval Memorials in Portsmouth

Research by David Phillips  Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Corporal T4/043822 George Hubert Eagles. 3rd Company, 29th Divisional Train, Army Service Corps. Died: 3rd June 1917. Aged: 24

The ASC, or as they were jokingly called ‘Ally Sloper's Cavalry’ - were the men who operated the transport. The vast majority of this tonnage, supplying a vast army on many fronts, was fetched from England. Using horsed and motor vehicles, railways and waterways, the ASC performed prodigious feats of logistics. At its peak, the ASC numbered an incredible 10,547 officers and 315,334 men. Each Division of the army had its own horse-powered transport, called the Divisional Train. It was the 'workhorse' of the Division in terms of carrying stores and supplies, providing the main supply line to the transport of the Brigades, Battalions, and Artillery and other attached units. The 3rd Company were the Horse Transport and were part of 227th Company ASC.

The 29th Division, VI Corps, 3rd Army were involved in the fighting around Monchy le Preux during April and May 1917. Their divisional front at 10.00 hours on 15th May was 200 yards south-east of Monchy le Preux to track Monchy-Pelves, to their right was the 56th Division and to their left the 12th Division. Officially, the Battle of Arras ended on 17 May, when the village of Bullecourt finally fell. On the 17th May at 09.00 hours the situation changed with the 29th Division relieving the 12th Division to the left of the VI Corps front (River Scarpe). The formation on their left was now the 51st Division of XVII Corps. On the 29/30th May 1917 there was an attack near Monchy-le-Preux and on the 3rd June at 10.00 hours the 29th Division was relieved by the 3rd Division. The Germans would have had the roads, villages, junctions etc. well marked on their artillery maps. The German artillery would target these sites to help prevent supplies being brought up by the ASC and catch soldiers being relieved.

The 3rdJune 1917 was a very fine day when the 227th Company, A.S.C. left Arras Racecourse at 7.30 a.m. to make for the Railhead. They were shelled and Corporal Eagles and Private Edward Williams were killed in action, one other man was wounded and three horses were killed. 3rd Company arrived at Lucheux at 4pm. Corporal Eagles is buried in Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Plot V, Row G, Grave 15. The inscription reads ‘Roman Catholic. R.I.P.’ “George Hubert Eagles was born October 3 1892 in Exeter, Devon. He was the son of Thomas Albert (Commercial Traveller) and Eleanor Anne Eagles.  In 1901 his mother was a hotel proprietor in Paignton, Devon and his father was boarding in Bournemouth.  George Hubert Eagles attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1906 and 1907 and his address at that time is given as Mayfield, Holly Lane in Sutton Coldfield.

George was 22 years and 3 months when he joined the 33rd Divisional Train, A.S.C. on 12 January 1915; his Attestation form shows that he was a farmer. His address was given as 47 Wellington Road, Tonbridge Wells.  He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 28 February 1916 and embarked at Southampton on 23 March 1916 arriving in Le Havre on 21 March 1916. He joined 3rd Company (part of 227th Company) of the 29th Divisional Train on 9 June 1916. He was an acting Corporal at the time of his death.” (David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

GEORGE HUBERT EAGLES

PHILLIP REGINALD FREEGARDE EDGE

Phillip R F Edge was born in Erdington on 12 October 1896. He enlisted in September 1914 with ‘I’ Platoon, ‘A’ Company 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private and later Lance Sergeant 189. He was killed in action on 22 December 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 20. He was buried at the Browns Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Plot II.B.20. Phillip Edge is commemorated on the Boldmere Swimming Club Memorial and the Wylde Green United Reform Church Memorial. 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 L/104 B11 page 2234 and the 1915 Star Medal L/LB page 153. He entered the theatre of war in France on 21 November 1915. “Phillip Edge was the son of George William (Director and Cashier) and Ellen Edith Mary Edge of “Lyndhurst”, 65 Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield.  George and Ellen Edge were listed on the 1914/15 and the 1918 Electoral Rolls at 65 Highbridge Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield. Philip attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1907 and 1912 and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 6.1.1917)

1911 census 65 Highbridge Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

George William Edge                      M         38        Manager at Brass foundry              b Aston

Ellen E M Edge                                 M         37        Married 14 years 4 children 1 died           b Swindon, Wilts

Philip Edge                                                   14                                                                    b Erdington          

Geoffrey Arnold Edge                                   7                                                                    b Erdington

Sylvia Muriel Edge                                        3                                                                    b Erdington

Marian Everett                                  U         19        Domestic servant                             b Kettlebrook, Warks

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Phillip Reginald Freegarde Edge. 15th Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died: Friday 22nd December 1916. Aged: 20

The 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment occupied trenches at Festubert Right in front of the German Mackensen Trench. It was British High Command’s policy to harass the Germans and ‘No Man’s Land’ was patrolled nightly, with two raids a week being carried out during the time that the 5th Division was in the line. A British Trench Mortar barrage on the 21 December attracted enemy shellfire during the night. The Battalion suffered 3 ‘other ranks’ wounded, including Lance Sergeant Edge and Private Arthur Church. These men were taken to the Field Ambulance at Festubert, where they died and were buried.  Philip Edge is buried in Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Plot 2, Row B, Grave 20.  He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square, St Peters Church, Maney and on the Boldmere Swimming Club Memorial, Sutton Park.  (David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

THOMAS LIONEL EDWARDS-WOOD

Thomas Edwards-Wood was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 15th Battalion “B” Company – Sergeant 15/292. He died of wounds on 8 July 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 26 at the No 2 Stationary Hospital at Abbeville (W.M.L) He was buried at the Abbeville Cemetery, France, Plot IV.D.6. Thomas L Edwards Wood was commemorated on the St Michael’s Church, Boldmere Roll of Honour (as Wood) (Graham Jennings)

Army Medal Roll – as Thomas L Wood. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B3Y page 1878 and the 1915 Star Medal L/8 B page 594 He entered the theatre of war in France on 21 November 1915

Thomas Lionel Edwards Wood was the son of Cynric Budbrook and Martha Edwards Wood of 432 Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield. “Thomas L Edwards Wood was an enthusiastic cricketer and played for the Chester Road Cricket Club. He worked in partnership with his father in Messrs C E Wood, Manufacturers Agents at 36 Cannon Street, Birmingham. He enlisted in September 1914 and was severely wounded on 4 June 1916.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 22.7.1916)

1911 census “Clifton”, Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield (Cynric Wood was not found on this census)

Martha Wood                                    M         48        Married 29 years 9 children 2 died           b Shropshire

Frances Wood                                  U         25        Shop assistant at draper’s             b Albrighton

Thomas Wood                                  U         21        Traveller in rubber                            b Wylde Green

Dorothy Wood                                  U         19        Shop assistant at draper’s             b Erdington

Marguerite Wood                 U         18                                                                    b Birmingham

Mary Haycock                                   W        85        Mother                                                            b Salop

1901 census 172 Beeches Road, West Bromwich

Cynric Wood                         M         40        Tailor – traveller                                b Walmer, Kent

Martha Wood                                    M         38                                                                    b Albrighton

William Wood                                   U         19        Iron makers clerk                              b Birmingham

Helen Wood                                      17        Milliners assistant                            b Birmingham

Frances Wood                                              15                                                                    b Birmingham

Thomas Wood                                              11                                                                    b Wylde Green

Dorothy Wood                                                9                                                                    b Birmingham

Marguerite Wood                               8                                                                    b Smethwick

Mary Haycock                                   W        75        Mother in law                                                b Salop         

Baptism

Thomas Lionel Edwards Wood was baptised on 5 October 1890 at Christchurch, Summerfield (part of Birmingham) to parents Cynric Budbrook and Martha Edwards Wood. The family lived at “Hawthorn Villa”, Gillott Road, Birmingham. Cynric worked as a draper. 

Military service for Cynric Budbrook Edwards Wood. It appears that Cynric Budbrook Edwards Wood had served as a reserved soldier before the outbreak of war. However, it is not clear in which regiment or when and where he served but theoretically, as he served from 1914 with the Worcestershire Regiment, he could have been a reservist with them prior to the outbreak of war.  It is possible that he was involved in army training when the 1911 census was taken, hence his disappearance from home. His Army Medal Card was found giving the details of his service during the Great War.

He was in the Training Reserve 46th Battalion Coms – number 28269, rank not given. He served between 28 December 1914 and 15 May 1917 when he was discharged due to sciatica and old age. No medals were listed.  No other military records were found online for him.  It appears that he was attached to the Training Reserve. The 46th Battalion was part of the 13th (Reserve) Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment and were based at Swanage.

 

DOUGLAS HEMS ELLISON 

Douglas Hems Ellison born in Sutton Coldfield.  He was a Sergeant with the Cadet Corps prior to enlisting. He responded to a call from the India Office for volunteers to join the Indian Army. He left for India in March 1915 and attended the Quetta College as an officer cadet. He became a Captain in the Indian Army 95th Attached to 1/109th. He died of wounds on 14 January 1920 in India aged 21. He was buried at the Jandola Cemetery in India and is commemorated on the Delhi Memorial. Douglas Hems Ellison was the son of John and Susannah Ellison.  “After six months he obtained his commission and was sent to Aden where he was involved in fighting with the Turks. Later he was sent to India to serve on the North West frontier. He had not returned to England since 1915.” (Sutton Coldfield News 24.1.1920).

1911 census “Wyndhurst”, Driffold, Sutton Coldfield

John Ellison                         M         57        Solicitor – employer                         b Sutton Coldfield

Susannah Ellison               M         47        Married 20 years 9 children 1 died           b Leicester

Gladys Ellison                                              17        Student                                              b Sutton Coldfield

Norah Phyllis Ellison                                  16                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Stanley John Ellison                                   14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Douglas Hems Ellison                                13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Eva Mary Ellison                              10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Edith Fanny Elkington                    U         32        Domestic servant                             b Rugeley, Staffs

1901 census “Wyndhurst”, Driffold, Sutton Coldfield

John Ellison                         M         47        Solicitor at law                                              b Sutton Coldfield

Susannah Ellison                M         37                                                                    b Leicester

Edith Ellison                         U         22                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Edgar W Ellison                   U         19        Carpenter’s apprentice                   b Sutton Coldfield

Ethel Ellison                         U         18                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Ellison                                16                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Richard Ellison                                14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Gladys Ellison                                   7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Norah Ellison                                     6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Stanley J Ellison                                4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Douglas Ellison                                 3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Eva Ellison                                         9 months old                                                b Sutton Coldfield

Edith Elkington                    U         22        Domestic servant                             b Rugeley

Probate

Douglas Hems Ellison of “Wyndhurst”, Sutton Coldfield Captain and adjutant in 1/109th Infantry Indian Army died 14 January 1920 at Almai Tangi, North West Frontier of the Indian Administration. Probate at Birmingham on 12 June 1920 to John Ellison, solicitor.  Effects: £500.00                              

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Captain Douglas Hems Ellison. 95th Russell’s Infantry – attached to 1st/109th Indian Infantry. Died: Wednesday 14th January 1920. Aged: 21

The Mahsuds failed to attend a jigra (assembly) in Jandola on 12 December 1919 and therefore the Derajat Column of the Waziristan Expeditionary Force began its advance from Jandola against the Mahsuds.  On 7 January 1920 the striking force attempted to force a precipitous defile known as the Ahnai Tangi, in the Tank Zam valley northwest of Jandola (near the Gomal Pass); it failed. Two more attempts were made on 9 and 10 January that also failed. General Andrew Skeen, officer commanding the column ordered a night march on 11 January and on the 14 January the whole column passed through the defile. Captain Ellison lost his life there.  Douglas Ellison is buried in Jandola Cemetery, Jandola, Pakistan, Grave 21. He is also commemorated on the Delhi Memorial (India Gate), India: Face 27 and on Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square. “Douglas Hems Ellison was born on 7 December 1897 son of John and Susannah Ellison of “Wyndhurst”, Driffold, Sutton Coldfield. Douglas entered Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in 1907 and distinguished himself in cricket, football and hockey, winning colours in all three. In the ‘Veseyan’ magazine of December 1914, he was described as ‘an excellent goal-keeper, has played very well all through the season’. He was an enthusiastic army cadet and reached the rank of Sergeant. He was a stalwart of Red House and worked hard and conscientiously.

Douglas decided that he wanted to be a professional soldier upon leaving school in March 1915, having passed his Army Entrance Examination in February 1915. He responded to an India Office appeal for volunteers to serve in the East and went straight to the Royal Military College, Quetta (then India, now Pakistan) as an officer cadet.  In 1916, after six months training he was sent to the 95th Russell’s Infantry, attached 109th Indian Infantry. He was sent to Aden to fight the Turks. Douglas was posted to the Northwest frontier and was based in Thal when the Waziris besieged it. As a Lieutenant he was gazetted to acting Captain to command a company on 5th January 1918. He became Adjutant on 22nd June 1918 and his Colonel said “I considered him to be one of the smartest of my junior officers.”  aptain Ellison was second in command and even commanded the battalion in the field for a few weeks during which the regiment was congratulated by the General Officer Commanding for its excellent work in operations. He was due home on leave at the end of 1920. His older brother 2nd Lt. Stanley John Ellison was killed at Gommecourt on the Somme Battlefield on 1 July 1916 aged 19.” David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

STANLEY JOHN ELLISON

 Stanley John Ellison was the brother of Douglas Hems Ellison.

 Stanley John Ellison was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment 5th Battalion - Second Lieutenant. Stanley John Ellison was killed in action on 1 July 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 19. He was buried at the Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent Blangy, near Arras, Plot III.B.21.  

Stanley John Ellison 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 OFF/157 page 136. On the card is written “J Ellison Esq. makes application for medals due to his son 2nd Lieut S J Ellison on 25.2.1920”. He entered the theatre of France in June 1916 and was reported missing on 1 July 1916.

Stanley John Ellison was the son of John and Susannah Ellison of “Wyndhurst”, The Driffold, Sutton Coldfield. “He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield. He left school in July 1914. He became a member of the school cadet corps. He was a cricketer and hockey player. He was articled to his father’s firm of Solicitors, Edge & Ellison of Waterloo Street, Birmingham. He went to the front on 4 June 1915.” (Sutton Coldfield News 15.7.1916)

1911 census “Wyndhurst”, Sutton Coldfield

John Ellison                         M         57        Solicitor – employer                         b Sutton Coldfield

Susannah Ellison               M         47        Married 20 years 9 children 1 died           b Leicester

Gladys Ellison                                              17        Student                                              b Sutton Coldfield

Norah Phyllis Ellison                                  16                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Stanley John Ellison                                   14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Douglas Hems Ellison                                13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Eva Mary Ellison                              10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Edith Fanny Elkington                    U         32        Domestic servant                             b Rugeley, Staffs

1901 census “Wyndhurst”, Sutton Coldfield

John Ellison                         M         47        Solicitor at law                                              b Sutton Coldfield

Susannah Ellison               M         37                                                                    b Leicester

Edith Ellison                         U         22                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Edgar W Ellison                   U         19        Carpenter’s apprentice                   b Sutton Coldfield

Ethel Ellison                         U         18                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Ellison                                16                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Richard Ellison                                14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Gladys Ellison                                    7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Norah Ellison                                     6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Stanley J Ellison                                4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Douglas Ellison                                 3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Eva Ellison                                          9 months old                                                           b Sutton Coldfield

Edith Elkington                    U         22        Domestic servant                             b Rugeley

 

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Second Lieutenant Stanley John Ellison. 1st/5th South Staffordshire Regiment. Died: Saturday 1st July 1916. Aged: 19

The 1st/5th South Staffordshire Regiment (137th Brigade, 46th Division) attacked Gommecourt as part of a diversion on 1 July. The 46th (North Midland) Division moved forward from Foncquevillers to attack the village from the north, whilst the 56th London) Division attacked from the south. 2nd Lt. Ellison went over with the bombers of F or G Company and was wounded close to the German wire. Although the Londoner’s met with some success the North Midlander’s were repulsed and suffered heavy casualties. The 1st/5th South Staffs had their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel R. R. Raymer, wounded in the attack with 7 officers and 42 other ranks killed.

Stanley Ellison is buried in Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy, Arras, Plot III, Row B, Grave 24. His grave is inscribed ‘He died that others might live’.  He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square and St. Peters Church, Maney.  “Stanley John Ellison was born on 4 October 1896 and was the son of John (Solicitor, Justice of the Peace and Governor of the school) and Susannah Ellison of “Wyndhurst”, Driffold, Sutton Coldfield.

Stanley attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1906 and 1914. He was a prefect, librarian and sergeant of cadets. He played first team football, cricket and hockey during 1912 -1914.  He passed the Birmingham University Matriculation Examination and Oxford Senior Local Examination with honours and was awarded the Eddowes Prize upon leaving school in 1914. Stanley was articled to his father, a member of the firm of Edge and Ellison, Solicitors, Waterloo Street, Birmingham.

Upon the outbreak of war he became a Sergeant in the Birmingham University O.T.C. and on 21 October 1915 he obtained a commission in the South Staffordshire Regiment. He went out to France in June 1916. Stanley’s father received a letter from Captain Cecil Lister, his Company Commander, dated the 5th July saying “I am afraid that you will have heard officially before this that your son, Second-Lieutenant Ellison, has been missing, believed killed, since July 1st when we did an attack.  It is quite certain that he was wounded in front of the enemy trench, but there is a slight chance he may have been taken by the Germans after the battle, and I sincerely hope this is so, but I do not wish to raise false hopes. I am afraid my own opinion is that he was killed.”

Stanley’s father wrote several letters to the War Office asking for clarification about his son’s death. His death (occurring on or since 1 July 1916) was finally accepted by the War Office on 30 March 1917. His body was originally buried by the Germans, but then moved after the war to his present cemetery.  His younger brother was Captain Douglas Hems Ellison, also an Old Veseyan.” (David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

 ERNEST ELVINS 

Ernest Elvins was born in Birmingham. He first enlisted on 4 December 1915 under the Derby Scheme. He was placed on the army reserve. He was re-enlisted on 2 June 1916 at Birmingham with the 35 Fire Command, 31 Depot, Royal Gun Artillery – Gunner 91689. He died at Hatton Mental Asylum near Warwick on 11 May 1920. It is not known where he is buried. Ernest Elvins is commemorated on the St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Roll of Honour (Graham Jennings) 

Army Service Record 

“Ernest Elvins of 115 Chester Road, New Oscott was 38 years old when he enlisted. He was single and worked as a die sinker and tool maker.  He was 5’ 10” tall, weighed 182 pounds, had a 41” chest and was of fair complexion. He had varicose veins in his right leg and required dental treatment. He was posted to the Citadel, Plymouth on 15 June 1916. There is no mention on his records of him serving at the front. It seems he was not in good health.  He had rheumatism but no evidence of swollen joints.  He had suffered melancholia at various times prior to admission in the military hospital (and possibly before joining the army but this is not clear) and this was the cause of his medical discharge medical on 24 January 1920.  He had been placed on a charge on 23 November 1916 at Greypoint. He was drunk and caused a disturbance in the barracks after lights out. He was admonished for 14 days.  He was discharged from the army on 25 May 1920 and sent to the Hatton Mental Asylum near Warwick. He was awarded 100% pension on the grounds of melancholia.  Ernest Elvins, born 4 August 1877 died on 11 May 1920 at Hatton Mental Asylum following a mental breakdown whilst serving with the army.”  His death was registered June 1920 Warwick 6d 804

Ernest Elvins was the son of the late John and Mary Elvins

1911 census “Hillcroft”, 115 Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield

Mary Ann Elvins                   W        62                                                                    b Birmingham

Ernest Elvins                        U         33        Silversmith and die sinker              b Birmingham

Emily Elvins                          U         28                                                                    b Aston

Charles Bates                     W        33        Visitor Caster                                                b Birmingham

Evelyn Elvins                                                 4        Niece                                                  b Handsworth

Baptism

Ernest Elvins born 4 August 1877 was baptised at St George, Birmingham on 19 August 1877 to parents John Harvey and Mary Ann Elvins of 212 Well Street. John Elvins was a carpenter. On the same day his older brother Albert George, born 6 March 1876 was also baptised.

Probate

Ernest Elvins of 115 Chester Road, New Oscott, die sinker died 11 May 1920 at Hatton Asylum, Warwick. Probate was granted at Birmingham to Mary Ann Elvins, widow.   Effects: £257 4s 6d

A. H. EVANS

No details are known about this man. The best clue as to his identity is that he is listed on the Whitehouse Common Roll of Honour, St Chad’s Church as ‘A Evans RF’. He is down as A H Evans on the Sutton Coldfield War Memorial.  Therefore he possibly served in one of the Royal Fusiliers Regiments such as the Royal Welch or Royal Scot’s etc. but no such man with a link to Sutton Coldfield has been found.

Extensive searches were made online for all possible first names – A, A.H, H and H.A Evans.

No definitive link could be made with a soldier who had links to Sutton Coldfield.

Here are a few possible men with links to Sutton Coldfield

1911 census 54 Lower Queen Street, Sutton Coldfield

Albert Evans                         M         27        Groom                                                            b Cirencester

Maria Evans                          M         28        married 7 years 5 children              b Gloucester

Mabel Evans                                       6                                                                    b Cirencester

William Evans                                                5                                                                    b Gloucester

Frank Evans                                       3                                                                    b Headington, Oxford

Frederick Evans                                 2                                                                    b Wantage, Berkshire

Stanley Evans                                                1                                                                    b Cirencester

1911 census 45 Lyndon Road, Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Evans                         M         30        Brass founder                                               b Birmingham

Lily Evans                             M         31                                                                    b Birmingham

It is possible that Alfred Evans of 45 Lyndon Road served during the war. However, it is hard to link him to someone who died who was from Birmingham and served with a Fusiliers regiment.

1911 census Military serving in India – no further details were entered on the census sheets

Howard Augustus Evans   U         22        Infantry                                              b Birmingham

Howard Augustus Evans enlisted at Birmingham with the 1st Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers and was sent to Wedgnock Camp, Warwick. He was Private 9605.

He died in France & Flanders on 16 May 1915. He was killed in action.

1911 census Boot Hill, Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Evans                     M         39        Jobbing gardener                            b Weobley, Here

Margaret Evans                    M         35        Married 14 years - 3 children         b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Evans                                     13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Walter Evans                                      5                                                         b Sutton Coldfield

Ernest Evans                                      5                                                          b Sutton Coldfield

George Jobson                     W        56        General labourer                              b Banbury Oxon

1901 census Verona Place, Aston

Walter Evans                                    M         34        Brass polisher                                   b Birmingham

Julia Evans                                       M         28                                                                    b Birmingham

Howard Evans                                              12                                                                    b Birmingham

Walter Evans                                                  1                                                                    b Birmingham

Augustus Evans was registered on the Electoral Roll at ‘Benthall Cottage’ in New Oscott in 1913/1914 and in 1914/1915 but not on the next Electoral Roll in 1918.  Albert Evans, born in Derby, served with the Royal Scott’s Fusiliers 1st Battalion – Private 7944. He died on 11 November 1914 in France. He lived in Birmingham but no link was made to Sutton Coldfield. His parents were John and Mary Evans of Derby.  John Evans worked as a railway plate layer so could have moved to Sutton Coldfield after the 1911 census.

 

HAMBLETT POOLE EVANS       Distinguished Conduct Medal

Hamblett Poole Evans is not recorded on the Sutton Coldfield War Memorial. He attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School so we have some records for him.

He emigrated to Australia. Hamblett Poole Evans was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the 19th Battalion Australian Infantry A.I.F on 11 June 1915 at Sydney – Sergeant 1890. He died on 14 November 1916 in France He is commemorated on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial, Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery and the Australian National Memorial Tower. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1916


The
Villiers- Bretonneux Memorial

 
The Distinguished Conduct Medal Record for Hamblett Poole Evans

Hamblett Poole Evans was the son of George and Kate Evans

1901 census 34/36 Parade, Sutton Coldfield

George S Evans                     M         48        Butcher/shopkeeper                           b Dudley

Kate E Evans                          M         45                                                                    b Aston

Louisa M Evans                      U         21        Butcher’s assistant                              b Sutton Coldfield

George H Evans                     U         19        Butcher’s shop man                            b Sutton Coldfield

Grace E Evans                       U         18        Typist                                                   b Sutton Coldfield

Evelyn Evans                                      16        Assistant school teacher                     b Sutton Coldfield

Edward J Evans                                 14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Arthur S Evans                                   13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Hamblett P Evans                               11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Kate M Evans                                     9                                                                      b Sutton Coldfield

Martha C Evans                                    6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Adelaide Fasey                       U         30        General servant                                  b Kingswinford

 

In 1911, George and Kate Evans were on holiday staying at a guest house on Marine Drive Rhyll.

George was still working as a self -employed butcher.

There was no record of Hamblett Poole Evans on any shipping manifests to Australia in 1909 or any records about him in the available online archives for Australia.  He worked as a shop keeper.

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Sergeant 1890 Hamblett Poole Evans DCM

19th Battalion Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Died: Tuesday 14th November 1916

Aged: 26

On 14 November 1916 the 19th Battalion (2nd Australian Division) attacked the German Front line either side of the road leading out of the ruins of Eaucourt L’Abbaye, south east of Le Sars.

The 19th Battalion with the 1/5th and 1/7th Northumberland Fusiliers on their left, took Gird Support trench and found it was waterlogged and fell back to their first objective Gird Trench, losing some men by shell-fire on the way.

The attacks either side of the advance had stalled. Captain Scott of the 19th Battalion was now in command of this 500yd T-head section of Gird Trench. Lt. H. Armstrong 1/5th Northumberland Fusiliers held the left flank and Lt. W L Trenerry 19th AIF held the right with about eighty Australians.

German counter-attacks after dark were repulsed partly using material abandoned by the Germans. The next day renewed attacks strengthened the whole position.

Hamblett Evans is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, on the road to Fouilloy, near Corbie.

This is the Australian National Memorial Tower with 10,797 Australian casualties commemorated, for those “who died on the Western Front and have no known grave”.

“Hamblett Poole Evans was born in 1890 in Sutton Coldfield. He was the son of George Stokes and Kate Elizabeth Evans of “Silverdale”, Manor Road, Sutton Coldfield.

His father owned a butcher’s shops at 34 & 36 The Parade and 10 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield.

Hamblett P Evans attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1901 and 1904. After leaving school he emigrated to Australia in 1909 and became a storekeeper.

He enlisted in the 19th Battalion, Australian Infantry on 11.6.1915 in Sydney, New South Wales.

He embarked on His Majesty’s Australian Transport A54 ‘Runic’ in Sydney on 9.8.1915 and joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on Gallipoli on 29.9.15.

On 27.12.1915 he contracted Malaria and was sent to hospital in Heliopolis, Egypt. He rejoined his Battalion at Alexandria on 18.3.1916 and arrived in Marseilles on 23.3.1918.

He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 26.5.1916 and Mentioned in Dispatches for gallant action on 20/21.6.1916. He was wounded in the leg by a shell on 30.7.16 and evacuated to Becketts Park Hospital, Leeds.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on 22.9.1916 for a Trench Raid that took place on 25/26.6.1916.

The London Gazette of 22 September 1916 carried the following citation:

 

      ‘For conspicuous gallantry during a successful raid on the enemy’s trenches.  He carried in the body of a sergeant, who had been killed, 200 yards under intense shellfire. On another occasion he shot the leader of an enemy patrol whilst reconnoitering’. He was promoted to Sergeant on 6.11.1916, eight days before he was killed.” (David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

PHILIP MARSH EVANS 

Philip Marsh Evans was born at Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion – Private 14/222. He died on 25 November 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 24 He is buried at Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, Plot A. 326 – (not a Commonwealth War Grave). The inscription on his gravestone reads “In proud and loving memory of P M Evans, youngest son”. It is possible that he died at the Epsom War Hospital but this cannot be confirmed. No death registration was found for him in England. Philip Marsh Evans 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 B/11 page 2360 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 160.

He entered the theatre of war at France on 21 November 1915

Philip Marsh Evans was the youngest son of John Arthur and Fanny Evans of “Holte Lodge”, Station Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.

“He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield.

He was a keen motorcyclist and also a member of the Sutton Coldfield Swimming Club

He worked for his father, a corn merchant, at Newton Chambers, Cannon Street in Birmingham.

Whilst in the trenches he contracted a disease which took his weight down from 13 stones 5 pounds to 8 stone. He was 6’1” tall.”

(Sutton Coldfield News December 1916)

1911 census “Holte Lodge”, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

John Arthur Evans              M         56        Corn merchant – employer                        b Birmingham

Fanny Benson Evans                     M         53        Married 25 years, 3 children all alive        b Dudley

Dorothy Evans                     U         24                                                                    b Aston

Robert Marsh Evans                       U         21        Accountant & articled clerk                        b Aston

Lucy Ann Simmons             U         26        Cook                                                   b Boney Hay

Mary Ellen Simons              U         18        Housemaid                                       b Boney Hay

Philip/Phillip Evans was not found on the 1911 census

1901 census “Holte Lodge”, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

John A Evans                                   M         46        Corn merchant                                 b Birmingham

Fanny B Evans                    M         43                                                                    b Dudley

Dorothy Evans                                 14                                                                    b Aston

Robert M Evans                               11                                                                    b Aston

Philip M Evans                                   8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Annie Faulkner                    U         21        Cook                                                   b Sutton Coldfield

Evelyn Britton                                  15        Housemaid                                       b Sutton Coldfield

Researched by David Phillips  Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private 14/222 Philip Marsh Evans

14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Saturday 25th November 1916

Aged: 24

Private Evans died in hospital in England on 25 November 1916.

He was placed in hospital with a trouble apparently contracted when the 14th Warwicks were manning the trenches at La Bassée in front of the villages of Festubert and Givenchy.

Philip Evans is buried in Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, Sutton Coldfield Plot A, Row ‘C’, Grave 326.

The grave inscription reads ‘In proud and loving memory’.

He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square.

“Philip Marsh Evans was born in the autumn of 1892 and was the son of John Arthur Evans (Corn Merchant, Newton Chambers, Cannon Street, Birmingham) of “Holte Lodge”, Station Road, Wylde Green.

He attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1903 and 1909.

After leaving school Philip joined his father’s business in July 1910. He was a keen motorcyclist, member of Walmley Golf Club and the Sutton Swimming Club.

He showed a fondness for shooting and fishing and was a great favorite amongst his many friends in Sutton.

He enlisted as Private 14/222 in ‘12’ Section, ‘III’ Platoon, ‘A’ Company, 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment in August 1914.

Members of this Platoon included Old Veseyans Percival Grove, Jack Caswell and Russell Turner.

His brother was 2nd Lt. Robert Marsh Evans of the South Staffordshire Regiment.”  (David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

HAROLD JOHN FELLOWS

Harold Fellows was born in Darlaston. He enlisted on 14 December 1914 at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 1117

He was killed in action on 22 July 1916 (France & Flanders)

“The 14th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment were in action at High Wood on 21st/ 22nd July 1916.” (SDBD)

“He had been wounded and was missing on 21 July 1916 and was afterwards reported killed by a shell.” (WML)

Harold John Fellows has no know grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B12 page 2437 and the 1915 Star Medal L/LB page 169.

He entered the theatre of war in France on 21 November 1915.

No further military records were found for him online

Harold John Fellows was the son of Joseph and Helen Fellows of 7 Tudor Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Harold John Fellows was the husband of Rose Fellows

The marriage of Harold J Fellows and Rose Golbey was registered December 1912 Tamworth 6b 899

“He left a widow who moved to Rock, Worcestershire after his death.” (SDBD)

Nothing further is known about Rose Golbey/ Fellows

1911 census 35 Joynson Street, Kings Hill, Wednesbury

Joseph Fellows                    M         53        Law clerk                                           b Wednesbury

Harold John Fellows                       U         24        Bank clerk                                         b Darlaston

Arnold Edward Fellows                  11                                                                    b Wednesbury

Alice Maud Middleton                     U         57        Sister in law - Private means                     b Birmingham

1901 census Rooth Street, Wednesbury

Joseph Fellows                    M         43        Solicitor’s clerk                                 b Wednesbury

Helen Fellows                                  M         39                                                                    b Birmingham

Harold J Fellows                              14                                                                    b Darlaston

Arnold C Fellows                               1                                                                    b Wednesbury

Alice Dudley                                     15        General servant                               b Darlaston

 

JOHN HOWARD FELTON 

John Howard Felton was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Battalion – Private 35505. He was killed in action on 10 April 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 19 He has no known grave and was commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B12 page 2444

“John H Felton was the son of Mr and Mrs Clement Felton of “Brooklyn”, Rectory Road. He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. A letter from a friend said that he had not seen Jack since April 10th when they went into the trenches on Wednesday morning. They were surrounded by Germans and forced to retire three miles to re-organise. He had only been in France for a few weeks.” (Sutton Coldfield News 27.4.1918)

Official notification that John Howard Felton was missing since the 18th or 19th of April was placed in the Sutton Coldfield News on 15.6.1918.

“Mr and Mrs Felton have at last received notification that their youngest son was killed in action on or about 10th April 1918.  It is believed that but for the intervention of Mr William Fox, M.P., no definite information would have been received.  He was killed a few days after landing in France and probably in his first engagement.” (Sutton Coldfield News 22.3.1919)

1911 census “Somerford”, Sutton Coldfield

Clement E Felton                 M         50        Ironmonger/ shopkeeper employer           b Evesham, Worcs

Florence Ellen Felton                     M         42        Married 15 years, 3 children all alive        b Birmingham

Mabel Victoria Felton                                  13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

John Howard Felton                                   12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Eustace C Felton was a boarder at Hanley Castle School in Worcestershire in 1911. He was 15 and born in Sutton Coldfield.

1901 census 24 The Parade, Sutton Coldfield

Clement Felton                    M         40        Ironmonger/shopkeeper employer            b Evesham, Worcs

Eustace C Felton                               5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

John H Felton                                                2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Jessie Woodman                             15        General servant                               b Birmingham

Clement Eustace Felton, born in 1860 died at “Brooklyn”, Rectory Road on 13 March 1944.

He left £15,296 18s 10d in his estate.

Eustace Clement Felton (junior)

Eustace Clement Felton enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as Private 15810 on 24 November 1915. 

He was discharged on medical grounds on 20 December 1915.

No medal roll entry was found for him but he was awarded a silver war badge from Warwick on 25 August 1919.

The badge was numbered 227,663.

Eustace Clement Felton died in 1971 in Hove, Sussex.

George Horace Felton

No obvious military history was found for him.

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private 35505 John (Jack) Howard Felton

10th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Wednesday 10th April 1918

Aged: 19

The 10th Royal Warwickshire Regiment (57th Brigade, 19th Division) were holding the line from Blauwepoortbeke to Wambeke in the Messines/Wytschaete area, on 10 April 1918. The Germans launched their attack in the mist and the British left flank was soon isolated. By 8.00am the Germans were making their way round the British right, but later contact was made on the left with the 1st Wiltshire’s. There was intense enemy shelling at 10.00am and the Battalion HQ was forced to withdraw.

Later that night a further retreat was necessary, whilst in the dark some units in isolated positions held on. Private Felton’s unit was surrounded by Germans and forced to retire 3 miles. Private Felton was killed within a few days of landing in France during this first engagement with the enemy. He was at first reported missing, as the Germans had taken prisoners during the British retreat. John (Jack) Felton is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Panel 23 to 28 and 163A. He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square.

“John Howard Felton was born on 30 December 1899 and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Felton (Ironmonger) of ‘Brooklyn’, Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield.  Jack Felton attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1912 and 1914.

He spent some time as Private 68595 in the Devonshire Regiment. A keen sportsman he shot second in a battalion rifle competition in which one thousand soldiers took part. His Commanding Officer wrote to his parents that ‘He had proved to be a gallant soldier.’

His brothers also served: Clement Eustace Felton - Army Service Corps, Pembroke Docks and Lt. George Horace Felton - Indian Army.”

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

  

WILFRED HORACE J FLETCHER

Wilfred Fletcher was born in Birmingham. He resided in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted originally with the Border Regiment Private 38882 and later at Liverpool with the Royal West Kent Regiment 7th Battalion (Queen’s Own) – Private G31536.

He was killed in action on 2 September 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 18

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-En- Artois Memorial

 
Index No M.R.16 Vis-En-Artois Memorial part 2

Wilfred Horace J Fletcher 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 GSE/2/103 B14 page 1301

No further military history was found online.

Wilfred Fletcher was the son of William H Fletcher and the late Bertha Fletcher of 80 Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

1911 census 76 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

William Fletcher                   M         37        Carriage cleaner for railway                       b Birmingham

Bertha Fletcher                    M         35        Married 14 years 7 children 1 died           b Birmingham

Violet Fletcher                                  U         18                                                                    b Birmingham

Wilfred Fletcher                                11                                                                    b Birmingham

Cyril Fletcher                                                  8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

William Fletcher                                 4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Rose Fletcher                                                 3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

ALBERT FOLLAND

Albert Folland was born in Birmingham. He enlisted in Birmingham with the 16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen’s Westminster Rifles) – Rifleman 557111

Albert Folland was killed in action on 16 May 1918 (France & Flanders)

He was buried at the Dainville British Cemetery, near Arras, Plot I.C.6.

Albert Folland 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 TP16/101/B5 page 487

No further military records were found online for Albert Folland

Albert Folland was the son of Mary Ann Folland and the husband of May Folland

The marriage of Albert Folland and May Lucy Ethel Hulley was registered September 1909 Aston 6d 374

1911 census “Allendale”, Highbridge Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

Albert Folland                                   M         28        Cashier gas depot Bham Council            b Birmingham

May Lucy Ethel Folland      M         24        Married 1 year - 1 child                   b Birmingham

Audrey Mary Folland                                     6 months old                                                           b Wylde Green

1901 census 2 House, 63 Court, Cromwell Street, Aston

Mary Ann Folland                W        48                                                                    b Barnt Green, Worcs

Thomas Folland                   U         19        Brass founder’s clerk                                  b Birmingham

Albert Folland                                   U         18                                                                    b Birmingham

Robert Folland                     U         16        Grocer’s assistant                            b Birmingham

Probate

Albert Folland of “The Croft”, 52 Highbridge Road, Wylde Green, Rifleman 16th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles), chief clerk in the Birmingham Corporation Gas Department died 16 May 1918 in action in France.

Probate was granted at Birmingham on 20 June 1918 to May Lucy Ethel Folland, widow

Effects £485 3s 4d  

A search for military records for Thomas and Robert Folland was inconclusive.

HENRY NOEL FRANCIS FORGE

Henry Noel Francis Forge was born in Nottingham. He enlisted in Oxford with the Officer Cadet Battalion and was commissioned on 28 February 1917 with the Bedfordshire Regiment (8th) – Second Lieutenant

He died on 20 November 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 19

He was buried at the Villers-Plouich Communal Cemetery, France, Plot A. 15

Henry Forge is commemorated on the Walmley Memorial


The grave of Henry N F Forge at Villers – Plouich Communal Cemetery
(Photograph courtesy of the Findagrave website)

 Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/60 page 150

Henry Noel Francis Forge was the son of the Reverend John Francis and Annie Louisa Forge.

“He resided at “The Vicarage”, Walmley and was the son of the Rev. John Francis and Annie Louisa Forge of Walmley Vicarage.  He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School and Bedford School. He left school in July 1916. He spent four months at the Officers Training Corps in Oxford and went to France on Good Friday 1917. He was wounded in a leg on 26 June requiring several weeks in hospital in France.

He had been acting a divisional sniping and camouflage officer. According to his Commanding Officer he was killed when trying to locate an enemy machine gun.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 1.12.1917)

“Most of his life he spent at Walmley Vicarage. He had gained a scholarship to Durham University.   A brass plaque and a reading desk were placed in his memory in Walmley Church.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 25.10.1919)

1911 census “The Vicarage”, Walmley Village, Sutton Coldfield

John Francis Forge             M         41        Clergyman in established church            b St Leonards, Sussex

Henry Noel Francis Forge              13                                                                    b Nottingham

Annie Marjorie Forge                                  12                                                                    b Nottingham

Eric Charles Neville Forge               7                                                                    b Walmley

Jessie White Greaves                     U         49        Cook                                                   b Hamstead, Staffs

Norah Fletcher                                 U         20        Housemaid                                       b Hill, Sutton Coldfield

1911 census 7 High Street, Leek, Staffordshire

James Moreton                               M         66        Retired grocer                                               b Cheddleton, Staffs

Emily Moreton                                  M         69                                                                    b Leek

Annie Louisa Forge                        M         39        Married 14 years 3 children all alive         b Derby

1901 census Idle Village, Yorkshire

John Francis Forge             M         31        Clergyman                                        b St Leonards, Sussex

Annie L Forge                                   M         30                                                                    b Derby

Henry N F Forge                                3                                                                    b Nottingham

Annie M Forge                                   2                                                                    b Nottingham

Emma Wheatley                   U         29        Cook                                                   b Derby

Lucy A Dean                                     16        Nurse                                                 b Alfreton, Derby

The marriage of John Francis Forge and Annie Louisa Daykin was registered June 1896 Derby 7b 932

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Second Lieutenant Henry Noel Francis Forge

5th attached to 8th Bedfordshire Regiment

Died: Tuesday 20th November 1917

Aged: 19

The 8th Bedfordshire Regiment (16th Brigade, 6th Division) encountered little resistance on the first day of the Battle of Cambrai. They advanced into the Hindenburg Line from their position on Highland Ridge, to the north of Villers Plouich. 2nd Lieutenant Forge’s (attached to the 6th Divisional Sniping Company) platoon were enfiladed by a machine-gun as they attacked their section of the Hindenburg Line. He went forward to find out the position of this gun and was hit.

Henry Forge is buried in Villers-Plouich Communal Cemetery, Nord, Plot A, Row 15

He is ccommemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square, Bedford School Memorial and Walmley Memorial, Walmley Road.

 
Henry Noel Francis Forge

“Henry Forge was born in Nottingham on 31 December 1897 and was the son of the Reverend John Francis (a Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School governor between 1905 and 1932) and Annie Louisa Forge of Walmley Vicarage, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield.

He was educated at Inglewood, Wylde Green and then spent three years at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School (1908 to 1911) and then five years at Bedford School, where he was a sapper in the O.T.C.

He went on to Durham University and attested in 17 January 1916 but he was placed in the Army Reserve. 

He rejoined the colours on 3 November 1916 and on 16 November 1916 he joined the Officer Cadet Battalion in Oxford.

He was commissioned on 28 February 1917 into the Bedfordshire Regiment and on Good Friday, 1917 he left for France and within two weeks was billeted in Mazingarbe, north-west of Lens.

On the evening of 26/27 June 1917 2nd Lt. Forge was with a working party in the trenches in front of Hulluch, north of Lens, where he was wounded in the leg.

In September after recovering he came home for a short leave. Before his death he was acting as the Divisional sniping and camouflage officer.

His Commanding Officer wrote to his parents:

“He fell in November 1917 whilst most bravely and gallantly trying to save his men. His men were enfiladed by an enemy machine gun in -------.

Your son went forward to find the position of this gun and was hit. He was a very brave officer, always cheery and his loss is very much felt by us all.”

His parents received more than 400 letters of condolence.

He was one of six boys at Bedford School who in 1913 pledged themselves to holy orders. He was the fifth of these to fall.

The sixth, his friend John Tristram Yarde, wrote to the Chaplin of Bedford School about his sorrow at Noel’s death quoting from a poem:

‘They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of Man,

The lads that will die in their glory and never be old.’

From ‘The Welsh Marches’ by A. E. Housman

Captain Yarde, MC and Bar, 5th Bedfordshire Regiment died in some of the last fighting of the war in Palestine on 21 September 1918.

The parents of the Late Second Lieutenant Forge presented a brass tablet and carved oak reading desk in memory of their son Walmley Church.”

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

HARRY FOX

Harry Fox was born in Shirley, Warwickshire. He enlisted at Suffolk Street, Birmingham on 31 August 1914 with the Kings Royal Rifles 7th Battalion – Private 1921 but his army number was later changed to Y/1905

Harry Fox died of wounds on 4 April 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 37

Harry Fox has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/101/B2 page 276 and the M Star M/2 page 212.

His medal card states he entered France on 3 August 1915 and was declared missing in 1915.

Army Service Record

These are very badly damaged.

Harry Fox of Yardley Wood, aged 33 years and single enlisted at Suffolk Street, Birmingham on 31 August 1914. He worked as a gardener. He did not give an exact address.

He was 5’ 6 ½ inches tall, weighed 126 pounds and had a chest measurement of 34”. He was of fair complexion with blue eyes.

He was sent to Sheerness and then on to France on 3 September 1914. He seems to have come back to England, perhaps wounded and was declared fit to serve abroad on 4 June 1915. The rest of the page is missing.

He was seriously wounded on 26 January 1915 but where is not added. His address at the time was given as “Merrivale”, Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield. He gave no next of kin.

On 28 September 1915 he was sent to the Orchard Hospital in Cambridge and then transferred to the Dartford Convalescence Home.

It seems that he must have then returned to France.  He was given furlough between 9 November 1915 and 18 November 1915.

His medal index card suggests he was missing for a time, presumably killed but he must have survived until he was killed in 1918.

The records after 1915 are not included online as they appear to be far too damaged to read.

Harry Fox was the son of George and Ann Fox of Yardley Wood

1911 census “Solihull Lodge”, Yardley Wood

George Blanford Fox                       M         61        Farm labourer                                               b Cheltenham

Sarah Ann Fox                     M         61        Married 37 years 9 children 5 died           b Bentham, Gloucs

Mary Ann Fox                                   U         32                                                                    b Shirley

Harry Fox                               U         30        Domestic coachman                                   b Shirley

Sarah Ellen Fox                   U         26                                                                    b Shirley

 

GEORGE FRENCH

George French was born in Birmingham. He enlisted in Aston with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/8th Battalion –Lance Sergeant / Corporal 305711 (formerly RWR 2197)

He was killed in action on 30 March 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 21

He was buried at the Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Plot I.K.7

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

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals B12 page 2622

No further military records were found for him online.

George French was the only son of Florence French of 59 Boldmere Road and the late George Swale French

“At the time he enlisted he lived at 2 Mees Buildings, Boldmere.” (Sutton Coldfield News 12.5.1917)

1911 census 61 Rabone Lane, Smethwick

George French                     M         44        Saddler –employer                          b Oughbridge, Yorks

Florence French                  M         40        Married 17 years 2 children 1 died           b Wednesbury

George French                                 14        Stamper at cycle works                   b Birmingham

WILFRED GARNER
Wilfred Garner was born in Birmingham. He enlisted at Birmingham on 27 October 1915 with the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment – Private 25079

He died in Sutton Coldfield in 1919

His death was registered September 1919 Tamworth 6b 345

It is not known where he was buried, but possibly in Sutton Coldfield.

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

His address on the church records was 250 Highbridge Road, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/102 B11 page 2365

Army Service Record

Wilfred Garner enlisted at Suffolk Street, Birmingham on 27 October 1915.

He stated he was 19 and was single. His address was 59 Newhall Street, Parade, Birmingham.

He was posted (place not stated) on 25 October 1915 then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps on 3 January 1916.

He was sent back to the Worcestershire Regiment on 9 February 1916.

He was made an unpaid Lance Corporal on 1 April 1916 then appointed as Lance Corporal on 1 June 1916.

He was posted in November 1916 (place not stated).

On 23 April 1917 he was court martialled for ‘prejudice of good order and military discipline and was sentenced on 14 June 1917.

He received a gun- shot wound to the buttock on 30 December 1917 and was treated at a field hospital.

He was discharged on 20 March 1919 and granted a pension.

His final discharge address was 250 Highbridge Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.

His next of kin were given as James London (sic) – father, details not known; mother Jane Garner, details not known.

His siblings were Bernard Garner, 33 and George Ernest Garner, 30, care of George Sykes Co. Ltd., of Sheepcote Street, Birmingham and Gladys Garner, 18 and Lizzie Garner 14 of Marston Green Homes.

In 1919 Mrs J Garner was sent paperwork about his medals to 35 Hadley Street, Hockley, Birmingham.

Absent Voters List for 1919 - 15 Cox Street, Birmingham, St Pauls

Wilfred Garner -Lance Corporal 25079 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

Wilfred Garner was the son of James and Jane Garner

Wilfred Garner was not found on the 1911 census.

His father was not found on the 1911 census but mother and siblings were found.

1911 census 4 Reform Place, Newhall Street, Birmingham

Jane Garner                            M         44        Married 23 years – 9 children 1 died  b Wolverhampton

James Bernard Garner           U         21        Turner marine engineering                 b Birmingham

George Ernest Garner            U         19        Wood sawyer                                      b Leicester

Harold Garner                                     14        Plater                                                   b Birmingham

Lizzie Garner                                        2                                                                    b Birmingham

1901 census 11 Back of 24 Ford Street, Ladywood, Birmingham

James Garner                         M         36        Tramway labourer                              b Birmingham

Jane Garner                            M         34                                                                    b Birmingham

Bernard Garner                                   11                                                                    b Birmingham

George Garner                                     9                                                                    b Birmingham

Harold Garner                                       4                                                                    b Birmingham

Wilfred Garner                                     2 months old                                                 b Birmingham

 

JOHN SAMUEL GIBBINS (not Gibbons as listed)

John Samuel Gibbins was born in Aston. He enlisted at Warwick with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/5th Battalion-Private 201772

He died on 20 February 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 36.

He died at No.10 General Hospital, Rouen.

He was buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Plot P.VI.K.2A

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B38 page 8086

No further military records were found for him online.

“John Samuel Gibbins was the second son of Mr and Mrs William Gibbins.

His family owned two shops which were antique furniture dealers at Lichfield Road, Aston and 22-24 Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield.

John Samuel Gibbins was an expert restorer of antique furniture and also managed the Mill Street Shop.

It was for health reasons he first moved to Sutton Coldfield as he had suffered from indifferent health for many years.

He enlisted in army in May 1916 and was on labouring work.

He died in hospital due to pneumonia and blood poisoning.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 9.3.1918)

1911 census 160 Lichfield Road, Aston

William Gibbins                       M         56        Furniture dealer                                   b Birmingham

Martha Gibbins                       M         55        Married 34 years -9 children               b Birmingham

Martha Gibbins                       U         33        Assists in business                              b Aston

William Gibbins                       U         31        Rubber mixer                                      b Aston

John Gibbins                           U         29        Assists in business                              b Aston

Joseph Gibbins                       U         22        Tool setter                                           b Aston

Frederick Gibbins                   U         20        Driller                                                   b Aston

May Gibbins                                        16        Assists in business                              b Aston

Violet Gibbins                                      16        Packer at warehouse                          b Aston

Maria Slater                            U         38        Assists in business                              b Birmingham

Ada Wedgebury                                  10        Niece                                                   b Birmingham

Probate

John Gibbins of 24 Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield, Private 1/5th RWR died 20.2.1918 at No. 10 General Hospital, Rouen.

Administration was granted at Birmingham on 5.2.1919 to William Gibbins furniture dealer,

Effects: £112. 16s 3d

No definitive records were found online to suggest that William, Joseph or Frederick Gibbins served during the Great War.

 

CECIL CAMPBELL GIBBONS

Cecil Campbell Gibbons was born in Chertsey Surrey. He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment 5th Battalion ‘A’ Company -Private 27471

He was killed in action 10 March 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 19

He was buried at the Philosophe British Military Cemetery, France, Plot IV.B.1

Cecil Campbell Gibbons 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 C/2/101 B5 page 326

No further military records were found for him online

Cecil Campbell Gibbons was the son of Frances A Gibbons of 64 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield and the late Joseph Vincent Gibbons

“He was the son of Mrs Gibbons of “Mayfield”, Boldmere Road.

Prior to enlistment he was employed by Messrs Proctor & Ryland, Manure Manufacturers of Carrs Lane, Birmingham.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 6.4.18)

1911 census “School” at Coleshill – no further details given

Cecil Gibbons                                     12        “Inmate/ school”                                  b Chertsey, Surrey

It is not known what type of school this was.  However, there was a grammar school in Coleshill at the time so perhaps he was awarded a scholarship to this school.

1911 census – his mother and father were not found. It is not clear when Joseph Gibbons died or where Frances Gibbons was in 1911. Two of his siblings were found on the 1911 census

1911 census Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield - Working for Albert E Mitchell, Cycle Manufacturer

Constance Audrey Gibbons               16        General servant                                  b Acocks Green

1911 census 7 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

Boarding with Frederick Barnett, Sweet & Confectionery Manufacturer

Joseph Vincent Gibbons         U         19        Waterworks clerk                                b Acocks Green

1901 census 194 Highbridge Road, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield

Frances A Gibbons                 M         36                                                                    b Aston

Vincent Gibbons                                   9                                                                    b Acocks Green

Constance Gibbons                              6                                                                    b Acocks Green

Cecil Gibbons                                       2                                                                    b Chertsey

Joseph Gibbons was not traced on this census as we do not have further details about him.

 

ARTHUR LEEK GIBBS

Arthur Leek Gibbs was born in Birmingham and enlisted on 15 July 1915 at Erdington with the Royal Field Artillery 180th Brigade B Battery - Bombardier 87753. He died 2 September 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 18. He probably died at a casualty clearing station (CWGC Cemetery History)

He was buried at the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Division, France, Plot IV.E.11

Arthur Leek Gibbs 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 RFA/224 B page 24805

No further military records were found for him online

Arthur Leek Gibbs was the son of Thomas and Ada Annie Gibbs of 14 Lime Grove, Chester Road, Erdington

1911 census 14 Lime Grove, Erdington

Thomas Gibbs                                    M         36        Gas fitter’s labourer                            b Wylde Green

Ada Annie Gibbs                     M         37        Married 11 years, 5 children 1 died    b Wheaton Aston

Arthur Leek Gibbs                                 9                                                                    b Erdington

Winnie Leek Gibbs                                7                                                                    b Wylde Green

Basil Leek Gibbs                                   5                                                                    b Wylde Green

Jack Leek Gibbs                                   3                                                                    b Wylde Green

Wheaton Aston is in Worcestershire.

Baptism

Arthur Leek Gibbs was baptised on 1 April 1900 at St Barnabas Church, Erdington in Birmingham

His parents were Thomas and Ada Gibbs of 7 Goosemoor Lane, Erdington.

Thomas Gibbs worked as a general labourer.

 

 JOHN GIDMAN

John Gidman was born in Northfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Gloucestershire Regiment 8th Battalion - Private 15885

He was killed in action 7 September 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 23

He has no known grave and was commemorated on the Loos Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/101/B10 page 1861 and the 1915 Star Medal L/2b page 240

He entered France 9 August 1915

No further military records were found online for him

John Gidman was the son of Moses and Ada Gidman of 6 Florence Avenue, Florence Road, Wylde Green

This address is confirmed by the Boldmere Church Records and the 1918 Electoral Roll

1911 census 6 Florence Avenue, Florence Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

Moses Gidman                       M         52        Gardener                                             b Instock, Salop

Ada Gidman                            M         42        Married 19 years, 4 children 1 died    b Cranberry, Staffs

John Gidman                                      16        Gardener                                             b Northfield

Ernest Gidman                                    14        Errand boy china shop                        b Northfield

ALBERT EDWARD GILBERT

Albert Edward Gilbert was born at Castle Bromwich near Birmingham. He served on the ‘HMS Indefatigable’ - Able Seaman J/18068

His enlisting history is not known at this time. He was killed in action 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland

The ship ‘HMS Indefatigable’ was commissioned in 1909 and finished in 1911 and formed part of Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty’s Battle Cruiser Fleet.

http://www.northeastmedals.co.uk/britishguide/jutland/hms_indefatigable_casualty_list_1916.htm

The ship was hit several times in the first moments of the ‘Run for the South’ action.

It was shelled by the German battle cruiser Von Der Tann which caused an explosion that ripped a hole in the hull.

A second explosion sent pieces of the ship 200 feet in the air, killing all but two of the crew of 1019. Albert Gilbert has no known grave and was commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial Panel 12 Albert Edward Gilbert is commemorated on the St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Roll of Honour (Graham Jennings)

Albert Gilbert resided at 208 Highbridge Road, Wylde Green according to the Boldmere Church Records

It appears that Albert Edward Gilbert was brought up by his grandparents George and Ellen Gilbert

1911 census 5 Tintern Villas, Highbridge Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

George Gilbert                        M         76        Gardener                                             b Castle Bromwich

Ellen Gilbert                            M         66        Married 46 years, 8 children 2 died    b Sutton Coldfield

Lily Gilbert                               U         26        Laundry maid                                      b Castle Bromwich

George Gilbert                        U         28        Coachman                                          b Castle Bromwich

Albert Edward Gilbert                         14        Grandson                                            b Castle Bromwich

1901 census Highbridge Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

George Gilbert                        M         67        Gardener                                             b Castle Bromwich

Ellen Gilbert                            M         57                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Thomas B Gilbert                    U         33        Gardener                                             b Sutton Coldfield

Albert E Gilbert                                     4        Grandson                                            b Castle Bromwich

 

WILLIAM GILBERT

William Gilbert was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Four Oaks with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Battalion - Private 28009

He died of wounds on 28 March 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 22

He probably died whilst he was held as a Prisoner of War (CWGC Cemetery History)

He was buried at the Denain Communal Cemetery, Plot B.60

He was commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B13 page 2758

William Gilbert was the son of Mr and Mrs John Gilbert of 2 Station Drive, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

“Prior to enlisting, he was employed by the Yote Manufacturing Company, Mere Green Road, Four Oaks.

They were manufacturers of small accurate parts and wheels in brass and steel.

He was attached to the Lewis Gun Section.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 18.5.1918)

“Gilbert In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private William Gilbert, 10th Royal Warwickshire Regiment who was killed in action on 22.3.18  "Too far away thy grave to see: but not too far to think of thee’. Ever in the thoughts of mother, father, brothers and sisters.”  (In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 22.3.1919)

1911 census “Station Cottages”, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

John Gilbert                            M         50        Plate layer on railway                         b Four Oaks

Lucy Gilbert                            M         43        Married 26 years, 9 children 1 died    b Great Barr

John Gilbert                                        17        Milkman                                              b Four Oaks

William Gilbert                                     15        Piano maker’s factory hand               b Four Oaks

Eliza Gilbert                                         13                                                                    b Four Oaks

Arthur Gilbert                                      11                                                                    b Four Oaks

Benny Gilbert                                        9                                                                    b Four Oaks

Freddy Gilbert                                       6                                                                    b Four Oaks

It is not known if the other Gilbert sons served in the Great War.

 

WILLIAM GODFREY

William Godfrey was born in Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Whitehall, London with the Coldstream Guards 1st Battalion - Lance Corporal 18310

He was killed in action 23 August 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 35

He was buried at the Douchy- Les- Ayette British Cemetery, France, Plot IV.H.8

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals CG/101 B10 page 776

No further military records were found for him online

William Godfrey was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs James Godfrey of “Kingsbury Villa”, Jordan Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

He was the husband of Fanny E Godfrey of Reading.

The marriage of William Godfrey and Fanny E Maskell was registered Reading December 1916 2c 750

William Godfrey was living at Reading at the time he enlisted.

His widow Fanny E Godfrey lived at 45 Wantage Road, Reading after he had been killed.

“He was educated at Green Lane School.

Prior to enlisting in late 1916, he was employed as a house keeper at the Merchants Club, Mincing Lane, London.

His wife resides at Reading.

According to a letter from his officer, he was killed instantaneously by a machine gun bullet whilst leading his men in an attack.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 12.10.1918)

1911 census 3 Jordan Road, Sutton Coldfield

James Godfrey                       M         60        Gardener                                             b Leamington

Hannah Godfrey                     M         65        Married 39 years, 7 children 1 died    b Sutton Coldfield

William Godfrey                      U         27        Gardener                                             b Sutton Coldfield

Phyllis Godfrey                       U         25        Housekeeper                                      b Sutton Coldfield

Cecilia Smith                                         7        Grand- daughter                                 b Sparkbrook, Birmingham

EDWIN WALTER GOLDSTRAW

Edwin Walter Goldstraw was born in Gravelly Hill, Erdington.  He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Battalion - Private 234

He died of wounds on 21 September 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 22

He was buried at the Godewaersvelde Cemetery, France

“Edwin Goldstraw probably died at a casualty clearing hospital was Godewaersvelde was home to three casualty clearing stations at that time.” (CWWG Cemetery History)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B12 page 2814 and the 1915 Star Medal L/LB page 198

He entered France on 21 November 1915

“The 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment was formed at Warwick during September 1914 and went to Salisbury Plain for the winter with the K2 57th Brigade, 19th Division in December 1914.

They were billeted for the winter until March 1915.

The 19th Division was concentrated around Tidworth until 17.7.1915. They were then posted to France.” (SDBD)

Edwin Walter Goldstraw was the son of Walter John and Mary Jane Goldstraw of Vauxhall, Birmingham.

The marriage of Walter John Goldstraw and Mary Jane Turley was registered June 1888 Aston 6d 359

1911 census “Haughmond”, Chester Road, Erdington

Elizabeth Ann Greensall         U         31        Private means                                     b Aston

Jane Maria Goldstraw                        U         51        Cousin                                                 b Cheshire

Edwin Walter Goldstraw                     16        Student                                                b Gravelly Hill

Mary Ann Fallows                   W         54        Monthly nurse                                     b Birmingham

Jessie Sarah Sale                   U         31        General servant                                  b Coventry

Mary Jane Goldstraw was not found on the 1911 census

The death of Mary Jane Goldstraw was registered June 1942 Birmingham 6d 562 aged 79

1901 census Bluntington, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire

John Cutler                             M         40        Farmer                                                            b Clent, Worcs

Sarah Cutler                            M         40                                                                    b Chaddesley Corbett

Ethel Cutler                                         13                                                                    b Chaddesley Corbett

Harry Cutler                                          9                                                                    b Chaddesley Corbett

Mary Cutler                                           8                                                                    b Chaddesley Corbett

Sarah Broad                            W         76        Mother in law                                      b Kidderminster

Edith Sallis                              U         17        General servant                                  b Chaddesley Corbett

Edwin Goldstraw                                   6        Visitor                                                  b Birmingham

It is not clear why Edwin Goldstraw was residing in the above household.

1901 census City Asylum, Lodge Road, Birmingham

Mary Jane Goldstraw             W         38        Lunatic                                                            b not known

1901 census “Alvaston”, Silverbirch Road, Erdington

Charles Greensall                   W         77        Retired gun maker                              b Aston

Elizabeth Greensall                 U         24                                                                    b Aston

Jane Goldstraw                       U         41        Niece                                                   b Cheshire

Gertrude Grove                      U         29        Niece                                                   b Aston

1891 census 3 Slade Villas, Slade Road, Erdington

Walter Goldstraw                    M         27        Commercial Clerk                              b Slinford, Essex

Mary Goldstraw                      M         27                                                                    b Holly Furness, Salop

Walter John Goldstraw died in 1896 and his death was registered December 1896 Aston 6d 204 aged 32

The Goldstraw family were not found in 1891

1881 census 12 Frederick Road, Erdington

Charles Greensall                   M         56        Gun maker                                          b Aston

Elizabeth Greensall                 M         43                                                                    b London

Elizabeth Ann Greensall                       4                                                                    b Aston

Jane Goldstraw                       U         21        Niece                                                   b Hatherleigh, Chesh

Walter John Goldstraw           U         17        Nephew - Wholesale grocer’s clerk    b Sussex

Willie J Goldstraw                               13        Nephew                                               b Spilsby, Lincs

Gertrude Grove                                    9        Niece                                                   b Aston

1871 census Abbey Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Paul Goldstraw                       M         50        Civil Engineer                                      b Staffordshire

Mary Goldstraw                      M         43                                                                    b Warwickshire

Jane Goldstraw                                   11                                                                    b Cheshire

Walter John Goldstraw                         7                                                                    b Slinford, Sussex

William H Goldstraw                             3                                                                    b Spilsby, Lincs

Other children born to Walter John and Mary Jane Goldstraw

The birth of Elizabeth Goldstraw was registered June 1888 Aston 6d 314.

Her death was registered December 1894 Aston 6d 370

The birth of Florry Goldstraw was registered December 1890 Aston 6d 576

Her death was registered March 1894 Aston 6d 236

YMCA

Edwin Walter Goldstraw was a member of the Sutton Coldfield YMCA

(John Day, Sutton Coldfield YMCA, Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project)

 

ARTHUR ERNEST GOOD

Arthur Ernest Good was born in Dudley. He resided in Handsworth. He enlisted on 1 May 1917 in Birmingham with the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 1/4th Battalion - Private 29250

He was killed in action on 30 September 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 37. “He was killed in the Battle of Polygon Wood and he went up to the front line September 28th.

The temperature was 76 F and it was clear with nil rainfall.” (PDD)

He resided 25 Norfolk Road, Erdington at the time he died. (PDD)

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/106 B8 page 1578

No further military records were found for him online.

Arthur Ernest Good was the son of Elizabeth and the late George Good. He was the husband of Edith E Good of 87 Farnham Road, Handsworth.

The marriage of Arthur Ernest Good and Edith E Webster was registered December 1912 Birmingham 6d 273

The children of Arthur Ernest Good and Edith Webster

The birth of Ernest Good was registered December 1912 Birmingham 6d 168

The birth of Leslie W Good was registered June 1917 Birmingham 6d 946

“Arthur Good was the second son of Mr and Mrs Good of Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield

He resided at 87 Farnham Road, Handsworth. He was married with two children.

He was a member of the choir of Villa Road Chapel, Handsworth and previously was connected with Wylde Green Congregational Church.

He was formerly a compositor but later went to work at Electric & Ordnance Works, Cheston Road, Aston. 

He joined the army on 1 May 1917.

He had only been at the front seven or eight weeks before he was killed.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 27.10.1917)

1911 census Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield

George Good                          M         54        Builder – employer                              b Bloxwich

Elizabeth Good                       M         52        Married 35 years, 7 children 1 died    b West Bromwich

Arthur Ernest Good                 U         31        Carpenter & joiner                               b Dudley

Florence Elizabeth Good        U         27                                                                    b West Bromwich

Harry Good                             U         23        Carpenter & joiner                               b West Bromwich

Frances Elsie Good                U         18                                                                    b West Bromwich

 

PERCY CHARLES GOODE

Percy Charles Goode was born in Birmingham. He resided in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment1st Battalion - Sergeant 15918 and was transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment 2nd Battalion – Sergeant 41918

 He was killed in action on 13 April 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 20

 He has no known grave and was commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial

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

 Percy Charles Goode 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 L/102 B11 page 2478

 No further military records were found for him online.

 Percy Charles Goode was the son of W J Good of 29 Frederick Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 This address was confirmed by the Boldmere Church Records (Graham Jennings)

 1911 census “Hillsborough”, Chester Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 William John Goode               M         51        Works manager sheet metal works    b Birmingham

Florence Elizabeth Goode      M         34        Married 5 years, 2 children                 b Wandsworth, London

Harold Bevington Goode        U         18        Tool maker’s apprentice                     b Birmingham

Percy Charles Goode             U         16        Clerk in merchant’s office                  b Birmingham

Norman William Goode                        4                                                                    b Wylde Green

Stanley John Goode                             1                                                                    b Wylde Green

  

ALFRED EDWARD GOODENOUGH

Alfred Goodenough was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Field Artillery - Private 150471 and was transferred to the Princess of Wales Own Regiment 2nd Battalion - Private 42348

He was killed in action on 28 April 1917 France & Flanders.

He had been at the front for about three months when he was killed.

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

Alfred Goodenough 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 RFA/145B page 8899

No further military records were found for him online.

Alfred Goodenough was the son of Mrs Marry Matilda Goodenough of 27 Queen Street, Sutton Coldfield.

“He was a member of the Sutton Coldfield Church of England Brotherhood and also sang in the choir of Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield for seven years.

He was employed at Payne’s Shoe Repairers shop on the Parade Sutton Coldfield, working as a traveller and counter assistant.

He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery in August then transferred to the Yorkshire Regiment. He had been at the front about three months.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 12.5.1917)

“In loving memory of  my dear son, Private Alfred Edward Goodenough, 2nd Yorkshire Regiment (Princess of Wales Own) who was killed in action April 28th 1917.

Could I have raised his dying head or heard his last farewell; the pain would not have been so hard to those who knew him well.

But now he is sleeping his last long sleep, his loving face I shall never see; but perhaps some hand in a distant land will scatter some flowers on his grave for me.

Lovingly remembered by his heartbroken mother, brother and sister, sister in law, brothers in law (in France); also his loving sweetheart Jennie”.

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 3.5.1919)

1911 census 27 Queen Street, Sutton Coldfield

Mary M Goodenough             W         50        House duties                                       b Birmingham

Florrie Goodenough                U         20        Dairy Co. assistant                              b Birmingham

Alfred Goodenough                U         17        Dairy Co. assistant                              b Sutton Coldfield

Violet Goodenough                             14        Nurse Girl – domestic                         b Sutton Coldfield

Charlie Goodenough                           12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Goodenough                           9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Alice Goodenough                                7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

1901 census 15 Newhall Street, Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Goodenough                M         40        Bricklayer                                            b Birmingham

Mary Goodenough                  M         40        Charwoman                                        b Birmingham

Sarah Goodenough                            13                                                                    b Birmingham

Florence Goodenough                        10                                                                    b Birmingham

Rose Goodenough                                8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Goodenough                              7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Mary Goodenough                                5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Violet Goodenough                               4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Charles Goodenough                            2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

FREDERICK REGINALD COOMBS GOODING

Frederick Gooding was probably born in Birmingham. He joined the Mercantile Navy. He was a Seaman (and a naval horse trainer) and served on ‘S.S. Minnehaha’. Frederick Gooding was drowned as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine on 7 September 1917 whilst on board the ‘S.S. Minnehaha’.The ‘S.S. Minnehaha’ was registered in Belfast. It was not used as a troop carrier but probably was transporting munitions. It was part of a convoy when it was torpedoed on 7 September 1917 with the loss of 43 lives. It was sailing some 12 miles from Ireland on the Fastnet. Royal navy archives)

Frederick Reginald Coombes Gooding has no known grave and is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial, Tower Hill, London

 

 Mercantile Marine Memorial Tower Hill London

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

Frederick Reginald Coombs Gooding was the son of John and Elizabeth Gooding.

He was the husband of Lily Gooding.

The marriage of Frederick Gooding and Lily Barnes was registered December 1909 Birmingham 6d 314

“In memory of our dearly loved only son F Reginald Coombs Gooding (late of Maney Hill Road) drowned through torpedo fire on government duty 7 September 1917, an abiding sorrow.”

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 13.9.1919)

1911 census 21 Chapel Street, Handsworth

Frederick Gooding                  M         28        Tube maker                                        b Birmingham

Lily Gooding                            M         23        Married 2 years -1 child                      b Smethwick

Gladys Gooding                                    4                                                                    b Handsworth

1901 census 3 Eva Road, All Saints, Birmingham

John Gooding                         M         45        Filer                                                     b Birmingham

Elizabeth Gooding                   M         41                                                                    b Smethwick

Frederick Gooding                  U         18        Tube sawyer                                       b Birmingham

Walter Gooding                                   16        Castor                                                 b Birmingham

Nellie Gooding                                    13        Press worker                                       b Smethwick

 

THOMAS JAMES GOODWIN

 Thomas James Goodwin was born and resided in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in August 1914 at Wallsend with the Durham Light Infantry 2nd Battalion – Private 4/8747

 He was killed in action on 23 September 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 30

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

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

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Victory and British Medals O/1/103 B6 page 1045

 Army Service Record

 Some of his army service record survives. He enlisted at Durham on 12 August 1914.

 He did not give an address but was aged 27 years and 299 days. He was single and worked as a horse keeper.

 He was previously enlisted with the 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment and was discharged as time served.

 He was posted to France on 31 March 1916 and killed in action 23 September 1916.

 His effects, medals, plaque and scroll went to his brother Harry Goodwin of 59 Fern Road, Erdington in 1922.

 “Thomas James Goodwin was the eldest son of the Late Mr and Mrs T J Goodwin of Queen Street, Sutton Coldfield.

 He was educated at Town School.

 Whilst in Sutton Coldfield he worked as a coachman for Dr Evans and Dr Fraser of High Street, Sutton Coldfield.

 In approximately 1908 he moved to Durham to live with one of his sisters. He enlisted in the first week of war.”

 (Sutton Coldfield News 21.10.1916)

 The family were not be found on the 1911 or 1901 census

 1891 census Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield

 Thomas J Goodwin                M         38        Bricklayer’s labourer                           b Burford, Oxfordshire

Ruth Goodwin                         M         27                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Sarah Goodwin                                   10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Clara Goodwin                                      8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Florence Goodwin                                6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Thomas J Goodwin                              4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

William H Goodwin                               3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Gertrude M Goodwin                            6 months old                                                 b Sutton Coldfield

 

WILLIAM COLLETT GOODWIN

William Collett Goodwin was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in July 1916 with the Royal Garrison Artillery – Gunner 109975

He was killed in action on 31 December 1918 aged 36

He was buried at St James Church, Mere Green, Plot 5.20

 

 Photograph Yvonne Moore 2 August 2014

 W C Goodwin is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial and the St James Church Roll of Honour.

 His CWWG entry - W C Goodwin Gunner 109975

 Remembered with Honour - Hill (St James Church the Great) Churchyard

 (Tina Ambrose St James Church)

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RGA/162 B page 6241

No further military records were found for him online.

William Collett Goodwin was the son of the late Joseph and Jane Goodwin and he was the husband of Clara Goodwin

The marriage of William C Goodwin and Clara Knapp was registered September 1910 Melton Mowbray 7a 753

“William Collett Goodwin resided in Clarence Road, Four Oaks.

Prior to enlisting he was employed as a bricklayer.

He enlisted in July 1916 with the RGA.

He was gassed and wounded in July 1917 and since that time had been under medical treatment by military doctors.

He came home on leave on 19th December and was due to return on 30th December 1918.

At times he was depressed and complained of colic pain in the stomach and bad eyes. He thought he was going blind.

He committed suicide by lying down on the railway track near Butlers Lane Bridge.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 4.1.1919)

1911 census Clarence Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

William Goodwin                     M         28        Bricklayer                                            b Sutton Coldfield

Clara Goodwin                        M         26        Married under 1 year                          b Wycombe, Leics

Jane Goodwin                         W         73        Mother                                                 b Cheadle

1901 census Church Lane, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield

Jane Goodwin                         W         63        Washerwoman                                    b Cheadle

Jane H Goodwin                     U         27                                                                    b Perry Barr

William C Goodwin                 U         18        Bricklayer                                            b Sutton Coldfield

1891 census Watford Gap, Sutton Coldfield

Jane Goodwin                         W         53        Charwoman                                        b Cheadle

Francis Goodwin                                 14        Ag lab                                                  b Perry Barr

William Goodwin                                   8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

1881 census Jockey Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Joseph Goodwin                     M         48        Farmer 75 acres employer                 b Sutton Coldfield

Jane Goodwin                         M         44                                                                    b Cheadle

Mary Goodwin                                     19                                                                    b Birmingham

Jane Goodwin                                       7                                                                    b Perry Barr

Joseph Goodwin                                   6                                                                    b Perry Barr

Francis Goodwin                                   4                                                                    b Perry Barr

Gertrude Goodwin                                2                                                                    b Erdington

Honor Goodwin                                     5 months old                                                 b Sutton Coldfield

HORACE GREATREX

Horace Greatrex was born at Hill, Mere Green. He resided in Birmingham. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Middlesex Regiment 23rd Battalion – Private 1832 and was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers 1st Battalion – Private 78754

He was killed in action on 11 October 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 22

He was buried at the St Aubert British Cemetery, France, Plot III.B.6

CWWG Commission - Roll of Honour

“Private H Greatrex 78754 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers who died on 11 October 1918.

Son of Samuel and Annie Greatrex of Hill Village Road, Four Oaks.

Remembered with honour at St Aubert British Cemetery.”

Horace Greatrex was a member of 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 TP/104B 28 page 3682

Horace Greatrex was the youngest son of Samuel and Annie Greatrex of Hill Village Road, Four Oaks

“He was educated at Hill Boys School and resided at Hill Village Road. Before the war he was employed at the Yote Manufacturers, Mere Green Road.

He enlisted with the Middlesex Regiment on 12 August 1915. In May 1916 he was sent to work at the Components Works, Dale End, Bournbrook and was there until 18 May 1918 when he was again called up.

He went to France 13 July 1918, three months before he was killed.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 30.11.1918)

“In loving memory of my dear son No 78754 Private Horace Greatrex 1st Bttn Royal Fusiliers, killed in action 11.10.1918.

Never forgotten by his mother. A sudden shock. A loss severe.

To part with him we loved so dear.

Our loss is great we’ll not complain but trust in God to meet again.”

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 11.10.1919)

1911 census Hill Village Road, Hill, Sutton Coldfield

Samuel Greatrex                    M         51        General labourer                                 b Sutton Coldfield

Annie Greatrex                       M         47        Nurse                                                  b Herefordshire

Horace Greatrex                                 14        Mechanic at Yote factory                   b Hill

1901 census Hill Village Road, Hill, Sutton Coldfield

Samuel Greatrex                    M         41        General labourer                                 b Sutton Coldfield

Annie Greatrex                       M         36        Laundress                                           b Hereford

William Greatrex                                 13        Errand boy                                          b Hill

Horace Greatrex                                   4                                                                    b Hill

ALBERT JOHN GREEN

Albert John Green was born in Hay Mills, Birmingham. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 15th Battalion – Lance Corporal 1667

He was killed in action on26 October 1917 (France & Flanders) during the second Battle of Passchendaele.

“The 15th Warwickshire Regiment cleared the Polderhoek Chateau and Park then had to withdraw and came under machine gun fire and was counter attacked. By the evening they were back at their original lines. The temperature was 48 F with rainfall 7.8mm.” (PDD)

He has no known grave and was commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

Albert John Green 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 B14 page 2894

Albert John Green was the son of the late Henry and Mary Green of 16 Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield

1911 census 22 Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Mary Jane Green                   W         48        Charwoman                                        b Sutton Coldfield

William Henry Green              U         24        Bricklayer                                            b Sutton Coldfield

Jane Ann Green                     U         18        laundress                                             b Sutton Coldfield

Albert John Green                              16        Errand boy                                          b Hay Mills, Bham

Julia May Green                                 13                                                                    b Birmingham

1901 census Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield

Henry Green                           M         46        Bricklayer                                            b Bromford, Bham

Mary Green                            M         39                                                                    b Penns

William Green                                     14        Bricklayer’s apprentice                       b Hill

Jane Green                                           8                                                                    b Erdington

Albert John Green                                6                                                                    b Hay Mills

Julia Green                                           3                                                                    b Small Heath

GEORGE OLIVER GILBERT GREEN

George Oliver Gilbert Green was born in Northampton. He resided in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 9th Battalion – Private 15258

He was killed in action on 25 January 1917 (Mesopotamia) aged 22

He was buried at the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq, Plot XIX.J.14

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B14 page 2904

George O G Green was the only son of George Frederick and Catherine Green of 19 Park Road, Sutton Coldfield

“He was employed as a clerk at the offices of Messrs Smart & Sons, Birchills Furnaces, Walsall.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 17.2.1917

1911 census 51 Elsden Road, Wellingborough

George Frederick Green        M         43        House painter for builder                    b Northampton

Catherine Green                     M         43        Married 20 years – 2 children             b Northampton

Dorothy May Green                U         18        Tailoress                                              b Northampton

George O G Green                             16        Shoe factory clerk                              b Northampton

It is not known when the family moved to Sutton Coldfield

 

HERBERT WILLIAMS GREEN

 After much detective work, the origins of Herbert Williams Green and the next entry T W Green (Tom William) have been found.

This is a story of a family that dispersed after the death of their father, William Green, from Bruton in Somerset and the ‘remarriage’ of the mother Sarah Ann from Exeter. It is hard to say how Sarah Ann Green ended up living in Mere Green.

The link to Sutton Coldfield is flimsy and seems to be based on the fact that Sarah Ann Green lived at Mere Green at the time of the Great War.

There is no documented evidence that Herbert or Tom Green actually resided in Sutton Coldfield although they probably visited the town.

Herbert Williams Green was born in Bruton, Somerset. He enlisted with the Royal Sussex Regiment 5th Battalion – Second Lieutenant

He was killed in action on 16 August 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 34

He was buried at the Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ypres, Plot VIII.E.5

No medal or Army Service Record was found for him online.

“Herbert Williams Green was the son of Mrs Green (now Stanton) of “The Cottage”, Sherifoot Lane, Mere Green and the late William Green.

Prior to the war he was employed in a scholastic position in Eastbourne and he enlisted at the outbreak of war.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 1.9.1917

1911 census “Frilford”, Motcombe Road, Eastbourne

Boarding in the household of John Smallbone, a Butler from Northampton

Herbert Williams Green            U         28        Headmaster, Public Elementary School                  b Bruton, Somerset

1911 census “The Cottage”, Sherifoot Lane, Hill Village, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

George Stanton                      M         69        Jobbing gardener                                b Radstone, Northants

Sarah Ann Stanton                 M         62        Married 9 years                                   b Devon

Extensive searches failed to find a marriage between George Stanton and Sarah Ann Green

1901 census Church Lane, Hill, Sutton Coldfield

George Stanton                      W         59        Gardener                                             b Radstone

E G Green                              U         18        Daughter                                             b Wilnecote

Sarah Ann Green has not been found on the 1901 census.

1891 census “Crowfield”, Syresham, Northamptonshire

George Stanton                      W         49        Parish relief                                         b Radstone

1901 census “Hatfield Cottage”, Tormoham, Devon

Heinrich Muller                        M         51        Musician                                              b Germany

Hannah Muller                                    M         50                                                                    b Exeter

Herbert Green                         U         18        Nephew 4th year pupil teacher           b Bruton, Somerset

1891 census Main Street, Everton, Northamptonshire

Hannah Muller                                    M         40        Grocery and Drapery store                b Exeter

Herbert W Green                                  8        Nephew                                               b Bruton, Somerset

It appears that Herbert William Green was mainly looked after by his aunt rather than his mother.

1891 census Trendle Hill, Bruton, Somerset

Sarah Ann Green                    W         41        Builder                                                 b Exeter

Allan Green                             U         20        Builder                                                 b Bruton

William Green                         U         16        Coach Builder’s apprentice                 b Bruton

Ethel Green                                         12                                                                    b Bruton

Edmund Green                                   11                                                                    b Bruton

Tom Green                                           6                                                                    b Bruton

Frederick Green                                   4                                                                    b Bruton

1881 census Bruton Village, Somerset

William Green                         M         43        Builder                                                 b Bruton

Sarah A Green                        M         32                                                                    b Heavitree, Exeter

Allan W Green                                                10                                                                    b Bruton

Ada F S Green                                      8                                                                    b Bruton

William C Green                                   6                                                                    b Bruton

Maude E Green                                    4                                                                    b Bruton

Ethel Green                                           2                                                                    b Bruton

Edward Green                                                  1                                                                    b Bruton

May Green                              W         81        Mother                                                 b Portsmouth

It appears that William Green died in 1886.

The only child that was found on the 1901 census other than Herbert was his older brother Allan Green

1901 census London Road, Wokingham

Allan Green                             M         30        Clerk of Works                                    b Bruton

Mary Green                            M         26                                                                    b Dartford Kent

Tom Green appears to be the soldier in the next entry, T W Green

Footnote: In June 2016 I received an email from David Earley, who has been doing some research and had information for us reference Herbert Williams Green.

This information can be found here: Herbet Williams Green

TOM WILLIAMS GREEN

See the previous entry for Herbert William Green

Andy Cole did not find anything out about T W Green but during the research into Herbert William Green it became apparent that these men were brothers.

No other T W Green could be found with any kind of connection to Sutton Coldfield, however tenuous.

Tom William Green was born in Bruton, Somerset. He resided at Shepherds Bush, London and enlisted at Hammersmith with the Kings Liverpool Regiment, 25th Battalion – Private 82858.

He was formerly Private 801452 of the London Regiment. (‘Soldiers who died’ index– findmypast.co.uk)

Tom William Green was killed in action 2 October 1918 (France & Flanders)

An extensive search for his service and medal records was not successful.

We do not know where he was buried or commemorated.

He was not found on the 1901 or 1911 census.

Tom Williams Green was the son of the late William Green of Bruton in Somerset and Sarah Ann Green (later Stanton) of Exeter.

The only census we found him on was the 1891 census

1891 census Trendle Hill, Bruton, Somerset

Sarah Ann Green                    W         41        Builder                                                 b Exeter

Allan Green                             U         20        Builder                                                 b Bruton

William Green                         U         16        Coach Builder’s apprentice                 b Bruton

Ethel Green                                         12                                                                    b Bruton

Edmund Green                                   11                                                                    b Bruton

Tom Green                                           6                                                                    b Bruton

Frederick Green                                   4                                                                    b Bruton

His only apparent link to Sutton Coldfield appears to be the fact that his mother Sarah Ann Stanton resided in Hill in 1911 and probably during the time of the Great War.

1911 census “The Cottage”, Sherifoot Lane, Hill Village, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

George Stanton                      M         69        Jobbing gardener                                b Radstone, Northants

Sarah Ann Stanton                 M         62        Married for 9 years                             b Devon

A marriage between George Stanton and Sarah Ann Green was not found.

 

LEYSTERS LLEWELLYN GREENER          Military Cross

 Leysters Llewellyn Greener was probably born in Aston. He enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/6th Battalion – Captain

 He was killed in action on 5 December 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 24

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

 He is also commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 He is commemorated in the ‘Birmingham City Battalions’ Book of Honour, edited by Sir William H Bowater, Hon. Colonel 14th Battalion RWR.

 He is entered under his grandfather’s company Roll of Honour – W.W. Greener of St Marys Square, Birmingham as Captain L.L Greener – killed (page 296)

 Army Medal Roll

 He was awarded the Military Cross. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals Off/150 29c

 Coventry Evening Telegraph 20 November 1916

 “Among the recipients of honours at the investiture by the King at Buckingham Palace on Saturday was the following- Captain Leysters Greening – Military Cross.”

Leysters Llewellyn Greener was the son of Charles and Harriet Greener of “The Rookery”, Hartopp Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

“He was the grandson of W. W. Greener, founder of Birmingham Gun Makers.

He was educated at Rugby School where he was in the officer’s training corps and captain of school rugby and shooting teams.

He was awarded the military cross for consolidating a mine crater whilst under enemy fire.

He was wounded in the eye when a fuse he was examining exploded causing him to be in a London hospital for Christmas 1915.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 10.6.1916)

“He lost his right eye in in an explosion in 1915. He served with the Territorials before the war and was granted his commission in February 1913.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 15.12.1917)

1911 Census “Rugby School”, Horton Crescent, Rugby – the Head Master was George Stallard

Leysters L Greener                             17        Student                                                b not known

1911 census “The Rookery”, Hartopp Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

Charles E Greener                  M         44        Gun maker                                          b Aston

Harriet H Greener                   M         38        Married 20 years – 4 children             b Leysters, Here

Humphrey Greener                U         20        Gun maker                                          b Aston

Chloris Greener                                  15                                                                    b Aston

Jessie Greener                                   12                                                                    b Aston

Mary Parker Smith                 M         41        Sister                                                   b Erdington

Agnes Taylor                           U         25        Cook                                                   b Brownhills

Eva Taylor                              U         23        Housemaid                                          b Brownhills

William Jay                             U         23        Visitor                                                  b Leysters      

           

THOMAS GREENWOOD

Thomas Greenwood was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 14/1224. He was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps – Private 79002

He died on 1 August 1921 aged 43 at Hollymoor Military Hospital, Birmingham. (WML)

He was buried at Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, Plot C.C 1920

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals TP/102B8 page 682 and the 1915 Star Medal TP/36c page 12172

No further military records were found online for him.

Thomas Greenwood was the son of Joseph and Louisa Greenwood

“His brother Frederick resided at “Reebo”, Whitehouse Common Road in 1920.” (WML)

Thomas Greenwood resided 43 Riland Road (1918 Electoral Roll)

The family were not found on the 1911 census

1901 census “Somerville Cottage”, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield

Joseph Greenwood                M         70        Gardener                                             b Kingsbury, Warks

Louisa Greenwood                  M         58                                                                    b Banbury, Oxford

Thomas Greenwood               U         23        Barman                                               b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Greenwood             U         19        Commercial Clerk                              b Sutton Coldfield

PERCIVAL ALLEN GROVE

Percival Allan Grove was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the 1st City Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment – 14th Battalion, moving to ‘12’ Section, ‘111’ Platoon, ‘A’ Company in August 1914 - Private 14/1209.

He was commissioned on 9 September 1915 to Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/5th Battalion – Second Lieutenant

He received wounds on 1 July 1916 on the Somme and died on 5 July 1916 aged 27

He died at No 2 Red Cross Hospital, Rouen. He entered the hospital at 11 am and died at 4pm.

He was buried at the St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, Plot Officers A.3.8

Percival Allen Grove is commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield, Memorial Plaque

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RWR/OFF/150 page 224

Percival Allen Grove was the eldest son of Allen and Elizabeth Whilock Grove of “Copsewood”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield

“Prior to the war the family lived at “The Cedars”, Doe Bank, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School.

He was a chartered accountant with Harrison, West & Ledsam at Waterloo Street, Birmingham.

He joined the City Battalion on its formation and was granted a commission in September 1915.

His father was a partner in Messrs Crockford, Grove and Sons of Bull Street Birmingham and at Martineau Square Birmingham (a Department Store).

He was wounded in several places by a bomb.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 1.8.1916)

1911 census “The Cedars”, Sutton Coldfield

Allen Grove                             M         53        Draper – employer                              b Birmingham

Elizabeth Grove                      M         50        Married 27 years – 4 children             b Birmingham

Percival Allen Grove               U         22        Chartered accountant                         b Sutton Coldfield

Oswald Grove                         U         20        Student Cambridge University           b Sutton Coldfield

Clara Coy                                U         24        Cook                                                   b Worcester

Edith Young                            U         22        Parlour maid                                       b London

Sarah Hopkins                        U         15        Maid                                                    b Broad Lanes

Percival Allen Grove was a member of Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club

“He was the Hon Secretary of the club. He joined in 1906 and became secretary in 1911

He was a good cricket and hockey player, his loss was a severe blow to the club.”

(Peter Bell Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club, Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project)

Research by David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Second Lieutenant Percival Allen Grove

1st/5th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Wednesday 5th July 1916

Aged: 27

 

The 1/5th and 1/7th Warwicks (143rd Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division) manned the line southeast of Hébuterne (between Gommecourt and Serre).  There was to be no attack on this front on 1 July, but the Battalions were expected to draw attention to themselves prior to that day as a diversion to the main attacks. The Battalions were expected to carry out frequent raids that cost lives, but did succeed in drawing the only German reserves (2nd Guards Division) in the area, prior to 1 July, to the front opposite Hébuterne. The preliminary British bombardment all along the front, which started on 24 June, drew heavy retaliatory German shelling.

 

On 1 July the 1/5th Warwicks released smoke along their front and watched the London Scottish advance through it for their diversionary attack on Gommecourt.  2nd Lt. P A Grove was badly wounded in several places by a ‘bombon 1 July.  He entered the 2nd British Red Cross Hospital in Rouen at 11am on 5 July and died of wounds at 4pm. The Battalion was relieved on 4 July and after suffering 13 days of shelling and raiding, they had only 75 casualties.

    

Percival Allen Grove is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Plot A, Row 3, Grave 8.

 

He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square and Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Percival Allen Grove was born on 29 September 1888 in Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was the eldest son of  Allen Grove (Draper of Crockford, Grove and Sons Ltd at 101,102 &103, Bull Street, Martineau Street and Union Passage, Birmingham) and Elizabeth Whilock Grove of Copsewood, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield, (later at ‘The Cedars, Doe Bank, Lichfield Road)

 

His grandfather on his mothers side was Mr. R W Simkin, the penultimate Warden of Sutton Coldfield in 1879-81.

 

Percival attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1899 and 1905.

 

He was the Victores Ludorum’ at school in 1905.

 

Upon leaving school he was employed as a Chartered Accountant at Harrison, West and Ledsom, Waterloo Street, Birmingham.

 

He joined the 1st City Battalion (14th Royal Warwickshire Battalion) on its formation in August 1914 as Private 14/209, in the ‘12Section, ‘IIIPlatoon, ‘ACompany

 

This company also included fellow Old Veseyans Philip Evans and Russell Turner. Jack Caswell was in the same Platoon but in ‘10Section.

 

He was commissioned into the 1st/5th Royal Warwicks on 9 September 1915.

 

A letter from the Matron at the hospital in Rouen to his parents reported that:

 

“Percivals funeral took place at 2pm on 6 July.

 

The hymns 277 and 438 were sung, together with the Nunc Dimittis.

 

A large cross from his father and all his loved ones and two wreaths, from Matron and nursing staff and Sergeant Major and orderlies were placed upon the coffin.

 

He had a full and impressive military funeral and all was done beautifully and reverently, as at home”.

Percival was married to the sister of Captain Russell Turner (Old Veseyan) who was killed in the 3rd Battle of Ypres on 4 October 1917.

His brother Oswald Harry Grove also served in the army.

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

Note

A marriage for Percival A Grove has not been found. The known sisters of Russell Sandon Turner were Nora, Hilda, Edith and Florence.

Percival Allan Grove was born in Sutton Coldfield on the 29th September 1888 and was the eldest son of Allen and Elizabeth Whilock Grove of ‘Copsewood’, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield.  Prior to the war the family lived at The Cedars, Doe Bank, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks. His father was a partner in Messrs Crockford, Grove and Sons of Bull Street Birmingham.  His grandfather on his mother’s side was Mr. R W Simkin the penultimate Warden of Sutton Coldfield in 1879-81.

Percival was affectingly known as Percy and educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1899 and 1905. He was Victores Ludorum at school in 1905, and became a chartered accountant with Harrison, West & Ledsam at Waterloo Street, Birmingham.  He was married to the sister of a Captain Russell Turner (Old Veseyan) who was killed in the 3rd Battle of Ypres on the 4th October 1917. His brother Oswald Harry Grove also served in the army.

Percy joined the Sutton Coldfield Cricket club in 1906 and it was reported that he was a useful bowler who was on occasions very quick and in 1908 took 6 wickets for 13 runs at Wolverhampton for the 2nd Xl and in 1909 he became a regular first team player and took 7 wickets for 14 runs at Rectory Park against Yardley.  In 1911 Percy played at Harborne and had match figures of 6 wickets for 11 runs, and in the same year took on the job as the club’s Hon. Secretary.  He was also a good hockey player.

He enlisted with the 1st City Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment – 14th Battalion, ‘12’ Section, ‘111’ Platoon, ‘A’ Company in August 1914 - Private 14/1209.  (Which also included Old Veseyans, Philip Evans and Russell Turner and Jack Caswell who were in the same Platoon but in ‘10’ Section).  Percy was commissioned as Second Lieutenant on the 9th September 1915 into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/5th Battalion.

The 1/5th and 1/7th Warwicks (143rd Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division) manned the line southeast of Hébuterne (between Gommecourt and Serre). There was to be no attack on this front on the 1st July, but the Battalions were expected to draw attention to themselves prior to that day as a diversion to the main attacks. The Battalions were expected to carry out frequent raids that cost lives, but did succeed in drawing the only German reserves (2nd Guards Division) in the area, prior to the 1st July, to the front opposite Hébuterne.

The preliminary British bombardment all along the front, which started on the 24th June 1916, drew heavy retaliatory German shelling. On the 1st July the 1/5th Warwicks released smoke along their front and watched the London Scottish advance through it for their diversionary attack on Gommecourt, on the Somme

2nd Lt. P A Grove was badly wounded in several places by a ‘bomb’ on the 1st July.  He entered the 2nd British Red Cross Hospital in Rouen at 11am on the 5th July and died of wounds at 4pm. The Battalion was relieved on the 4th July and after suffering 13 days of shelling and raiding, they had only 75 casualties, but one was Percy who was aged 27

Percy was buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France.  Plot A; Row 3; Grave 8, and a letter from the Matron at the hospital in Rouen to his parents reported that: “Percival’s funeral took place at 2pm on the 6th July. The hymns 277 and 438 were sung, together with the Nunc Dimittis. 

A large cross from his father and all his loved ones and two wreaths, from Matron and nursing staff and Sergeant Major and orderlies were placed upon the coffin. He had a full and impressive military funeral and all was done beautifully and reverently, as at home”.

Percy was awarded the Victory and British Medals RWR/OFF/150 page 224

Percival Allen Grove is commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church Memorial Plaque and his name is recorded on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, in King Edwards Square.

Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club, Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project

 

 

GEORGE GWYNN

George Gwynn was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 3/7th Battalion – Private 203842

It appears that he died at home on 13 February 1919 aged 29

His death was registered January 1919 Tamworth 6b 789 aged 29

He was buried at Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, Plot C 1187

Army Service and Medal Records

So far his records have not been found.

George Gwynn was the son of Thomas and Emily Gwynn and the husband of Lily Gwynn aged 22, of Station Street, Sutton Coldfield

The marriage of George Gwynn and Lillian Whitehouse was registered June 1914 Tamworth 6b 892

The child of George and Lillian Gwynn was John T Gwynn.

His birth was registered March 1915 Aston 6d 1083

“Sacred to the memory of George Gwynn who passed away 13th February 1919.

Lovingly remembered by wife and child.”

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 14.2.1920)

1911 census Queen Street, Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Gwynn                      M         69        Park keeper                                        b Sutton Coldfield

Emily Gwynn                          M         54        Married 29 years, 7 children 1 died    b London

George Gwynn                       U         21        Baker                                                  b Sutton Coldfield

Edwin Gwynn                                     14        Newsagent’s boy                                b Sutton Coldfield