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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 

JOHN HENRY HACKETT

 

John Henry Hackett was born on 24 September 1883 in Birmingham. He served with the Royal Navy as a Second Yeoman of Signals on HMS Good Hope

 

The Royal Navy & Royal Marine War Graves Roll

 

“John Henry Hackett, born 24 September 1883 in Birmingham, served with the Royal Navy.

 

He was killed or died as a result of direct enemy action.

 

His body was not recovered.

 

Official Number: PORT/ 205808/ CRFR.PO.B.2433 (Portsmouth)

 

He was killed in action on the 1 November 1914 during the Battle of Coronel.”

 

He was probably in the Royal Naval Reserve as 90% of the crew of ‘HMS Good Hope’ were reservists.

 

(The Past Times Book of Naval Blunders by Geoffrey Regan)

 

He was commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 3

 

John Henry Hackett was the husband of Millie M Hackett of 2 Park Grove, Ashford Street,

Birmingham

 

The marriage of John Henry Hackett and Millie M Simkin was registered December 1907 Birmingham 6d 1

 

The birth of Millicent Hackett was registered June 1910 Birmingham 6d 111

 

According to the St Michael’s Church, Boldmere records, he resided at 275 Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

However, no other official records show him living at Sutton Coldfield.

 

1911 census 9 Back of 176 Newton Row, Ladywood, Birmingham

 

John H Hackett                    M         27        Postman                                            b Birmingham

Millie Maria Hackett             M         32        Married 3 years – 1 child                b Bedford

Millicent Mary Hackett                                   1                                                                    b Birmingham

 

He was not found on the 1891 or 1901 census.

 

Therefore, we do not know who his parents were.

 

The birth of John Henry Hackett was registered December 1883 Birmingham 6d 60

 

Probate

 

John Henry Hackett of 2 Park Grove, Ashford Street, Birmingham; a seaman with the royal fleet died 1.11.1914 at sea.

 

Administration was granted at Birmingham on 18.5.1923 to Millie Maria Hackett, widow

Effects £140

 

FREDERICK CHARLES HALFORD

 

Frederick Charles Halford was born in Aldridge, Staffordshire. He enlisted on 17 July 1917 (aged 34) with the Royal Marine Light Infantry, 1st Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Navy Division- Private CH/2454 (s)

 

GB Royal Naval Division Casualties of the Great War 1914-1918

 

“Frederick Charles Halford was drafted for the British Expeditionary Force on 19 January 1918.

 

He served with the 1st RN Battalion on 31 March 1918 until 15 July 1918 when he was ill with influenza.

 

He re-joined on 23 August 1918 and he died on 2 September 1918.

 

He served with ‘D’ Company 1st RN Battalion. He was a railway worker.

 

His wife was Gertrude Halford of 8 Lyndon Road, Sutton Coldfield.”

 

He was buried at the Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, Plot V.G.25

 

“In memory of Fredrick Halford, RN, who died on 4 September 1918”

 

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News on 4.09.1920)

 

This date of death differs to that given by the navy

 

He resided at 8 Lyndon Road, Sutton Coldfield in 1918 (Electoral Roll)

 

Frederick Charles Halford was the son of William and Louisa Halford of Sutton Coldfield and the husband of Gertrude Halford

 

The marriage of Frederick Charles Halford and Gertrude Harley was registered March 1910 Aston 6d 573

 

1911 census 17 Riland Grove, Riland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Frederick Halford                 M         28        Railway carriage cleaner                b Aldridge

Gertrude Halford                  M         24        Married 1 year – 1 child                  b West Bromwich

Kathleen Halford                             under one month                                         b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census 6 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

 

William Halford                     M         43        Gardener, Boot Shop, own account         b Aldridge

Louisa Halford                                  M         44                                                                    b Birmingham

William Halford                     U         20        Coachman domestic                                   b Aldridge

Frederick Charles Halford  U         18        Rural postman                                              b Aldridge

John Henry Halford                         16        Gardener                                           b Sutton Coldfield

Amy Ellen Halford                           12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ann Halford                          W        83        Grandmother – blind                                   b Shenstone

 

THOMAS CHARLES HALL

 

Thomas Hall was born in Canwell, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion – Private 1169.

 

He was killed in action on 31 December 1915 (France & Flanders) aged 20

 

He was buried at the Carnoy Military Cemetery, Plot H.7

 

Thomas Hall is commemorated on the Birmingham Roll of Honour

 

“The 14th Battalion had been relieved and had made its way back to the reserve lines in Billion Wood and Bonfay farm when an hour before midnight the Germans opened up with machine guns and blasted the trenches with high explosive and shrapnel.

 

This resulted in one fatality - Private Thomas Hall of ‘D’ Coy and two others wounded.”

 

(‘Birmingham Pals’ by Terry Carter)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B15 page 3085 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 217

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915.

 

No further military history was found for him online.

 

Thomas Hall was the son of Thomas and Ellen Hall of “Canwell Farm”, Canwell, Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census “Canwell Farm”, Sutton Coldfield

 

Thomas Hall                         M         50        Groom on farm                                 b Drayton Bassett

Ellen Hall                              M         48        Married 28 years – 7 children                    b Whittington

George Richard Hall                       U         23        Cowman on farm                             b Canwell

Thomas Charles Hall                      U         15        Gardener                                           b Canwell

Nellie Hall                                         11                                                                    b Canwell

Frank Hall                                           6                                                                    b Canwell

 

1901 census Canwell, Tamworth

 

Thomas Hall                         M         41        Groom                                                            b Drayton Bassett

Ellen Hall                              M         39                                                                    b Whittington

Harry Hall                                          15        Stable boy                                         b Canwell

George Hall                                       13                                                                    b Canwell

Alice Hall                                             8                                                                    b Canwell

Thomas Charles Hall                                    5                                                                    b Canwell

 

GEORGE NOBLE HALLEWELL

 

George Noble Hallewell was born in Ripon, Yorkshire. He enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps, 167th Company - T/Second Lieutenant

 

He died of wounds on 10 October 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 28

 

He was buried at the Carnoy Mill Cemetery near Albert, Plot V.13

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals C/765 page 256e

 

No further military record was found for him online.

 

George Noble Hallewell was the son of Mr and Mrs G N Hallewell of Oadby in Leicestershire.

 

He was the husband of Edith Mary Noble-Hallewell of “Donnington House”, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

The marriage of George Noble Hallewell and Edith M Baker was registered September 1915 Tamworth 6b 978

 

1911 census 88 Cornwall Road, Kettering – boarding with Thomas Saddington

 

George Noble Hallewell                 U         23        Motor car mechanic             b Ripon

 

In 1911 his parents were retired and lived at Quorndon in Leicestershire.

 

They had been married for 35 years. They had 9 children, 3 of whom had died.

 

1901 census 104 Elford Place, Potter Newton, Yorkshire

 

George N Hallewell             M         48        Mechanical engineer                                  b Leeds

Kate Marie Hallewell                       M         49                                                                    b Leeds

Ethel Maude Hallewell       U         22        Shorthand typist                               b Pool Yorks

Ada Hallewell                                   U         20        Shorthand typist                               b Bramhope

Dudley Noble Hallewell      U         18        Mechanical engineer apprentice  b Bramhope

Stanley Bernard Hallewell             15                                                                    b Bramhope

George Noble Hallewell                 13                                                                    b Ripon

 

Baptisms

 

George Noble, Stanley Bernard and Kate Hallewell were all baptised on 8 September 1892 at St Peter’s Church Leeds.

 

The family lived at 18 Gashouse Mount, Leeds and their father was a ‘gentleman’

 

Probate

 

George Noble Hallewell the ‘younger’, of “Donnington House”, Wylde Green 2nd Lt MGC died 10 October 1916 in France.

 

Administration with Will was granted at Birmingham 1on 4 December 1916 to Edith M Noble Hallewell, widow.

 

Effects: £21

 

WILFRED HARCOURT

 

Wilfred Harcourt was born and lived in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Welch Fusiliers – Private 36593 and was transferred to the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry 7th Battalion- Private 32084

 

He died of wounds on 24 October 1918 (France & Flanders)

 

He was buried at the Awoingt British Cemetery, near Cambrai, Plot I.C.3

 

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

 

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 J/1/102 B 12 page 3627

 

Wilfred Harcourt was the son of Albert and Josephine Harcourt of 14 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

 

“He attended the Wesleyan Sunday school at South Parade.

 

He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School and Birmingham University. He was a member of YMCA.

 

He enlisted with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in October 1915. In January 1916 he went to Egypt but was invalided home due to an injured knee.

 

He was an inmate at Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham for a time.

 

On his recovery he went to Rhyll and Llandudno and qualified as a musketry instructor. He was then sent to Ireland. He then went to France on 11 October 1918.

 

He was hit by shrapnel in the right thigh and hand on 23 October and succumbed to his injuries in a casualty clearing station the next day.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 9.11.1918)

1911 census 12/14 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Albert Harcourt                       M         49        Assistant printer’s manager                b Birmingham
Josephine Harcourt             M         47        General draper – employer                        b Aston
Harold Harcourt                    U         21        Assists in business                         b Birmingham
Marian Harcourt                               18                                                                    b Birmingham
Wilfred Harcourt                               16                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield
Rhoda Orton                                     13        Domestic servant & school                        b Sutton Coldfield

Albert and Josephine had been married 24 years. They had 4 children one of whom had died.

1901 census Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

Albert Harcourt                     M         39        Lithographer – employer                b Birmingham

Josephine Harcourt             M         37                                                                    b Birmingham

Albert T H Harcourt                          11                                                                    b Small Heath

Marian Harcourt                                 8                                                                    b Birmingham

Wilfred Harcourt                                 6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Josephine Harcourt was known as Jane.

Jane Harcourt is listed as a draper at 12/14 Coles Lane in 1913

 

(Sutton Coldfield Commerce document on the www.sutton-coldfield.net/commerce.html Mike Kemble)

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private 32084 Wilfred Harcourt

7th King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Died: Thursday 24th October 1918

Aged: 24

The 7th K.S.L.I. (8th Brigade, 3rd Division, VI Corps) were fighting in the region of Beaudignies (south-west of Le Quesnoy), which was held by the New Zealanders, they were trying to cross the Ecaillon Stream to the southwest of Ruesnes. Private Harcourt was badly wounded in the right thigh and left hand by a shell on 23 October 1918. Awoingt, east of Cambrai, had been captured on the 9/10 October 1918 and three Casualty Clearing Stations were set up in the vicinity. Private Harcourt was sent there but he died of wounds the next day. Wilfred Harcourt is buried in Awoingt British Cemetery, east of Cambrai, Plot 1, Row C, Grave 3.  ‘He died that we might live.’

Wilfred Harcourt was commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square.

“Wilfred Harcourt was the youngest son of Albert (Artist Lithographer) and Josephine Harcourt of 14 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield.

Mrs. Jane Harcourt ran a drapers business at 12 &14 Coles Lane in 1912.

Wilfred attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1908 and 1913.

He was Secretary to the Wesleyan Guild and a regular attendee of the Wesleyan Church in the Parade, Sutton Coldfield. He was also a member of the Y.M.C.A.

Wilfred had joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as Private 36592 in October 1915.

In January 1916 he served in Egypt where he injured his knee and he returned to England spending time at Dudley Road Hospital and Rhyll in North Wales.

When he recovered he trained as a musketry instructor at Altcar, near Formby, Lancashire and was later sent to Ireland as a Musketry Instructor.

He went to France to join the 7th K.S.L.I. on 11 October 1918.”

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

Note

Wilfred Harcourt was not on the Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Memorial.

An article in the Sutton Coldfield News had stated that he attended the school.

He was also on Peter Lawrence’s research list for the school.

 

HUGH HARLOND

 

Hugh Harlond was born on 20 October 1897 in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/8th Battalion - Private 20486

He was killed in action on 27 August 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 20

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

“He was in the signalling section. He was reported missing on 27 August 1917 at St Juliaan and assumed killed in April 1918.  His father was the park forester (Sutton Park).” (WML)

“On the day he went missing the temperature was 57F with 50% cloud cover and rainfall of 15.3mm.” (PDD)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B15 page 3175

Hugh Harlond was the son of Henry and Margaret Harlond of “Park Lodge”, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield

Phil Duggan researched the medals of Hugh Harlond. He stated that Henry Harlond was a park keeper for over 30 years.

 

The family lived in a detached house, possibly thatched, just on park land near the park gate in Park Road Sutton Coldfield. Phil mentioned that Philip Harlond had served during the war.

1911 census Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

 

Henry Harlond                                  M         48        Forester – public park                                 b Edinburgh

Margaret Harlond                 M         46        Married 23 years, 11 children 1 died        b Edinburgh

Grace E Harlond                  U         22                                                                    b Devon

Dorothy A Harlond               U         20        Telephone operator                         b Devon

Charles Henry Harlond      U         18        Oxyacetylene welder                                   b Devon

Arthur Harlond                                             17        Electrical engineer                          b Devon

Philip Alex Harlond                         15        Machinist piano parts                                  b Lichfield

Alan Harlond                                                11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Walter Harlond                                   9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Marjorie Harlond                                7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ralph Stanley Harlond                     5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

1901 census The Park, Sutton Coldfield

Henry Harlond                                  M         38        Park forester                                     b Scotland

Margaret Harlond                 M         36                                                                    b Scotland

Grace Harlond                                              12                                                                    b Devon

Dorothy Harlond                              10                                                                    b Devon

Charles Harlond                                8                                                                    b Devon

Arthur Harlond                                               6                                                                    b Devon

Philip Harlond                                                4                                                                    b Lichfield

Hugh Harlond                                                3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Alan Harlond                                                  1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield   

Baptisms

Hugh Harlond was baptised on 31 January 1889 at Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield.

Alan Harlond was baptised on 26 October 1899 and Walter Stanley on 23 August 1901.

Eve Beeley has placed the family history of the Harlond family on ancestry.co.uk

Eve has shared a family photograph taken in October 1910 at Park Lodge

 

Charles Henry,       Dorothy Amelia,      Henry,       Grace Elizabeth,       Arthur Dalmany,    Alan

 

             Hugh                  Margaret Fitzsymon (nee Carter)      Philip Alexander

 

Walter                        Ralph Stanley,                     Marjorie

 

 

Alan Harlond was Eve’s grandfather

More about Philip, Charles and Arthur Harlond

Eve confirms that Philip Alexander Harlond served during the war.

Philip Alexander Harlond enlisted with the 5th (Reserve) Royal Warwickshire Regiment - Private 2946 on 31 March 1914 at Birmingham.

He was appointed as a paid Lance Corporal on 5 August 1915 then promoted to Corporal on 19 April 1916.

He was then appointed as a Sergeant Instructor with the 1/5th RWR on 1 November 1916.

He was then seconded to the War Establishment of MG School under GRO at Le Touquet and eventually demobilised on 16 February 1919 having served 4 years and 109 days.

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B15 page 3172

Charles (Charlie) and Arthur Harlond both emigrated to Australia and fought with the Australian army.

Their military records were not found online.

Thanks go to Eve Beeley for sharing this information.

(Eve Beeley Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project)

 

 

WALTER EWART HARMAN

 

Walter Harman was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. He resided in Boldmere. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Dragoons of Line – Private 23633 and transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs), The Duke of Albany’s Own 1st Battalion – Lance Corporal S/10280

He was killed in action on 7 January 1916 in the Persian Gulf.

Walter Ewart Harman has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq, Panel 37/64

Walter Ewart Harman 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 G/104 B9 page 560 and the 1915 Star Medal G/5 B 3 page 217

Walter Ewart Harman was the son of Eliza Harman.

At the time he enlisted he lived at 192 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield (Boldmere Church Records)

It is assumed that he came to Sutton Coldfield after the 1911 census.

1911 census “The Birches”, Hall Green, Birmingham

Boarding at or visiting the household of Thomas Smith, jewellery maker of Birmingham

Walter Ewart Harman                      U         17        Jewellery maker                               b Kidderminster

1901 census Lansdowne Terrace, Kidderminster Road, Worcester

Eliza Harman                                    W        50                                                                    b Bewdley

Annie E Harman                                9                                                                    b Kidderminster

Walter E Harman                                7                                                                    b Kidderminster

Thomas H Garlick                              5        Grandson                                          b Kidderminster

It was not apparent how this family were supporting themselves in 1901.

The family were not found on the 1891 census.

 

SIDNEY HARRISON

Sidney Harrison was born in Greets Green West Bromwich Warwickshire, England in 1889 . He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Engineers 2nd Siege Company - Sapper 398494, as a Battalion Clerk.

He died of spanish flu on 24 October 1918 France & Flanders aged 32

He was buried at the Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny near Bapaume, Plot II.C.10

Sidney Harrison 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 RE/101 B 221 page 54593

No further military records were found for him online.

Sidney Harrison was the son of George and Mary Harrison of Erdington

He was the husband of Charlotte Harrison of “Alne Cottage”, 38 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield . They had four children, Margaret, Irene, Fred, Allan.

The marriage of Sidney Harrison and Charlotte Wooldridge was registered September 1911 West Bromwich 6b 1511. Charlotte remarried in 1926 (Hughes) and had 3 further children. (Joan Peter and John). Died in 1948 at Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospital.


Charlotte

Sidney Harrison enlisted from 38 Boldmere Road and his widow remained at that address in 1920.

(Graham Jennings and 1920 Electoral Rolls)

He was married with four children (named above) under seven years of age. He had served in the army for about three years.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 2.11.1918)

1901 Census – 25 London Road, West Bromwich in the parish of Hansworth. Age 12 

 
1911 Census - 199 Grove Lane, Greets green. Occupation - Order Clerk. Age 22.
 
Marriage Sept 1911 to Charlotte Wooldridge.
 
Charlotte Wooldridge - Birth 1892 – Death – 1948
Address – 60 Harvells Hawthorn, Hilltop West Bromwich Staffs B70 OUH.

Sydney is entry number 3 in both of the census

updated from family information July 2017

 

THOMAS GREVILLE HARRISON

 

Thomas Greville Harrison was born in Gravelly Hill, Erdington and lived in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1389 - Private 1389 and was later transferred to the Hampshire Regiment 1st Battalion - Private 28649

 

He was killed in action on 21 October 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 19

 

He was buried at the St Vaast Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Plot D.5

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals C/1/103B13 page 1326

 

Thomas Greville Harrison was the son of Walter Thomas Harrison of “Parkhurst”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield and the late Ada Florence.

 

“He was educated at Avondale Private School, Clifton Road and Four Oaks College.

 

On leaving school he was employed in the office of Mr George Ellison, Electrical Engineer of Warstone Lane, Perry Barr in Birmingham.

 

He attested when he was 17 and received his calling up notice on his 18th birthday 17 May 1917.

 

On June 18th 1917 he joined up at Warwick and was sent into the training reserve.

 

He moved to Hampshire Regiment and went to the front on Easter Monday 1918.

 

He was connected with Park Road Congregational Church.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 9.11.1918

 

His father, Walter Harrison, became the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield and was instrumental in setting up the War Memorial and Sutton Coldfield Girls Grammar School (Phil Duggan)

 

1911 census “Parkhurst”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

Walter T Harrison                 M         43        Managing director of dairy             b Erdington

Leah Harrison                                  M         43        Married 5 years – 2 children                      b Ribbesford, Worcs

Dorothy Harrison                             13                                                                    b Erdington

Tom Harrison                                                11                                                                    b Erdington

Phyllis Harrison                                9                                                                    b Erdington

Kenneth Harrison                              8                                                                    b Erdington

Hilda Harrison                                               4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Margaret Harrison                              2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Lillian Cuss                           U         19        General servant                               b Brownhills

 

1901 census “The Hawthorns”, Gravelly Hill, Erdington

 

Walter T Harrison                 M         33        General manager of dairy              b Erdington

Ada F Harrison                     M         30                                                                    b Perry Barr

Dorothy F Harrison                            3                                                                    b Erdington

Thomas G Harrison                           1                                                                    b Erdington

 

The death of Ada Florence Harrison was registered March 1903 Aston 6d 236

 

She probably died during or after childbirth as the birth of her son Kenneth Evans Harrison was registered March 1903 Aston 6d 390

 

The marriage of Walter Thomas Harrison and Leah Sarah Smith was registered September 1905 Aston 6d 718

 

Peter Lawrence thought that Thomas G Harrison had attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School but this proved not to be the case.

 

(Peter Lawrence formerly of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private 28649 Thomas Greville Harrison

1st Hampshire Regiment

Died: Monday 21st October 1918

Aged: 19

The 1st Hants (11 Brigade, 4th Division) captured Haspres, northeast of Cambrai, on 29 October 1918 and then advanced to Le Grand Bois-Verchain.

Private Harrison was one of four soldiers from his Regiment killed during that advance.

Thomas Harrison is buried in St.Vaast Communal Cemetery Extension, St. Vaast: Row D, Grave 5.

'But this we know dear lad all’s well.’

Thomas Greville Harrison is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square.

“Thomas Greville Harrison was the son of Councillor Walter Thomas and Ada Florence Harrison of Park Hurst, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield.

Thomas was also educated at ‘Avondale’, Clifton Road and Four Oaks College.

He originally attested to join the army aged 17 but was too young.

He was connected with the Park Road Congregational Church where he was a respected member of the Bible Class conducted by Mr. G C T Parsons and he became a committee member of the Institute.

He was employed in the office of Ellison’s Electrical Engineers, Warstone Lane and Perry Barr until he reached the age of 18 when he was called up into the Royal Warwicks as Private 1380 on 17 May 1917. 

He was then sent to the Training Reserve and later Thomas was transferred to the 1st Hampshire Regiment.

He went to the Front on Easter Monday, 1 April 1918.

His Company Commander Lieutenant E. C. Rayner wrote to his parents:

“I feel it my duty to write you to offer my deepest sympathy to you on your great loss.

No words of mine can convey to you the great loss he is to our company. He was always a gallant soldier and a true son of Britain.”

After his death he was originally buried in Haspres Communal Cemetery German Extension but after the Armistice twelve graves were concentrated in St Vaast Cemetery.”

(David Phillips, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

 

WALTER HARRISON

 

Walter Harrison was born at Little Sutton, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 1774 and then was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) - Private 10370

He was killed in action on 30 March 1918 (Mesopotamia) aged 20

He was buried at Damascus British War Cemetery, Syria, Plot E.57

Walter Harrison is commemorated on the St James Church Roll of Honour. He worshipped at the church.

(Tina Ambrose, St James Church)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals MGC/101 B6 page 620

No further military records were found for him online

Walter Harrison was the son of William and Harriet Harrison of Little Sutton, Sutton Coldfield

1911 census Little Sutton, Sutton Coldfield (no dwelling given)

William Harrison                  M         47        Farm labourer                                               b Little Sutton

Harriet Harrison                    M         49        Married 27 years, 8 children all alive        b Solihull

Alfred Ernest Harrison        U         21        Farm labourer                                               b Little Sutton

Frank Harrison                                 16        Works on farm                                              b Little Sutton

Walter Harrison                                13                                                                    b Little Sutton

Cecil Harrison                                              11                                                                    b Little Sutton

Edith Harrison                                                9                                                                    b Little Sutton

1901 census “Private Cottage”, Little Sutton, Sutton Coldfield

William Harrison                  M         37        General labourer                              b Little Sutton

Harriet Harrison                    M         39                                                                    b Solihull

Alfred Harrison                                 11                                                                    b Little Sutton

Amy Harrison                                                  8                                                                    b Little Sutton

Frank Harrison                                   6                                                                    b Little Sutton

Walter Harrison                                  3                                                                    b Little Sutton

Cecil Harrison                                                1                                                                    b Little Sutton

 

ARTHUR REX HARROP

 

Arthur Rex Harrop was born in Nechells, Birmingham. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 15th Battalion - Private 22636

He was killed in action on 27 September 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 28

He was buried at the Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Plot VIII.F.1

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

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B15 page 3247

Arthur Rex Harrop was the son of Frederick Thomas Harrop of “Alverstoke”, 63 Frederick Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield and the late Elizabeth Harrop

“He was educated at Anthony Road School, Aston.

Prior to enlisting he worked in his father’s business on Loveday Street, Birmingham.

He went to France in May 1917.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 2.11.1918)

1911 census “Alverstoke”, Frederick Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Thomas Harrop   M         51        Cycle accessories manu, Employer         b Alverstoke, Hants

Nancy Jane Harrop             M         39        Married 8 years 5 children 1 died  b St Ives Cornwall

Frederick Thomas Harrop   U         26        Machinist cycle manufacturer                   b Birmingham

Gertrude Mildred Harrop     U         23                                                                    b Birmingham

Arthur Rex Harrop               U         21        Polisher & plater employer             b Birmingham

Gladys Hilda May Harrop               16                                                                    b Birmingham

Maurice Leslie Harrop                                   6                                                                    b Birmingham

Constance Irene Harrop                   4                                                                    b Birmingham

Winifred Maud Harrop                                  2                                                                    b Birmingham

Margery Eileen Harrop                      8 months old                                                           b Sutton Coldfield

1901 census 5 Heath Villas, Birmingham

Frederick T Harrop               W        41        Stamper – employer                                    b Gosport, Hants

Frederick T Harrop                           17        Machine minder                               b Birmingham

Gertrude M Harrop                           13                                                                    b Birmingham

Arthur R Harrop                                11                                                                    b Birmingham

Gladys H Harrop                                6                                                                    b Birmingham

Caroline Harrop                   M         65        Mother                                                            b Titchfield, Hants

1891 census 2 Eden Place, Nechells, Birmingham

Frederick T Harrop               M         31        Press tool maker – employer                      b Gosport

Elizabeth Harrop                  M         31                                                                    b Tipton

Frederick T Harrop                             7                                                                    b Birmingham

Gertrude M Harrop                             3                                                                    b Birmingham

Arthur Harrop                                                  1                                                                    b Birmingham

 

ERNEST HUBERT HAVELL

 

Ernest Havell was born in Chadlington, Oxfordshire. He resided in Walmley and enlisted at Worcester with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry – Private 38495 and later transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Battalion - Private 43610

He was killed in action on either the 6 or 10 October 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 18

He was buried at the Brown’s Copse Cemetery Rouex, near Cambrai, France

He is commemorated on Walmley War Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/105 B9 page 1509

No further military records were found for him online.

Ernest Hubert Havell was the son of Thomas William and Susannah Havell of Signal Hayes Road, Walmley

It is not known when the family moved to Walmley.

1911 census Police Station, Witney, Oxfordshire

Thomas W Havell                M         44        Police sergeant                                b Woodcote, Oxon

Susannah Havell                M         47        Married 22 years, 10 children                    b Kings Lynn

Agnes L Havell                                 14                                                                    b Chadlington

Earnest H Havell                              12                                                                    b Chadlington

Thomas Havell                                 10                                                                    b Chadlington

Albert Havell                                       8                                                                    b Banbury

1901 census 1 Newlands, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Thomas Havell                     M         35        Police constable                              b Woodcote

Susannah Havell                M         36                                                                    b Kings Lynn

Walter Havell                                                15        Draper’s errand boy                                    b Islington, London

Frederick T Havell                            10                                                                    b Filton, Oxon

Edith Havell                                        9                                                                    b Filton

Dora Havell                                         7                                                                    b Filton

William Havell                                                6                                                                    b Chadlington

Cecil Havell                                        5                                                                    b Chadlington

Agnes Havell                                                  5                                                                    b Chadlington

Ernest Havell                                                  2                                                                    b Chadlington

Thomas Havell                                   7 months old                                                           b Banbury

 

Frederick T Havell

 

It appears that Frederick Thomas Havell enlisted at Banbury with the 1st Life Guards – Private 3223 on 17 October 1914.

He then transferred to the Guards Machine Gun Regiment – 3558

He went to France on 11 June 1915 and sustained a knee injury on 1 June 1918.

He was discharged from service on 8 November 1918 due to the knee injury.

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals MGG/102/B3 page 278

 

 

WILLIAM HENRY HEEKS

 

William Henry Heeks is not on the Sutton Coldfield War Memorial. The fact that the CWWG commission have accepted his death as a war death, it is proposed to add him to our list of men who fell during the Great War.

William Henry Heeks was born in Malvern. He enlisted in Birmingham on 5 October 1914 with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He had previously served with the same regiment and had various numbers including 2/1204 and 7905

William Henry Heeks died, presumably at home or in a local hospital on 17 January 1918. His death was registered March 1918 Tamworth 6b 518 aged 46.

William Heeks is buried in St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Church Yard, Grave D (Graham Jennings)

Army Service Record

When he enlisted on 5 October 1914 at the Recruiting Office, Technical Schools, Suffolk Street in Birmingham he was aged 42 years 303 days.

He was married and he worked as a grinder.

He has previously served as Private 2934 (time expired) 21st Scots Fusiliers. His new number was 7905.

He was attested to the RSF depot on 5 October 1914 and posted on 7 October 1914. He was then transferred to the RSF 9th on 17 November 1914

He did not serve abroad and spent some time during 1917 at Cannock Chase Military Hospital suffering from the effects of ‘a goitre’. It seems that he also contracted TB and this led to his death.

He was discharged from the army on 18 March 1917 as no longer physically fit to serve. His wife was Edith Hannah (formerly Bradley) of Shenstone Villas, 4 Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield

They were married on 17 February 1901 at St John’s Church, Birmingham. Their witnesses were William and May Bradley

Their children were William Henry, born 9 May 1902 in Birmingham and Charles Leslie, born 11 October 1911 in Birmingham

William was 5’6” tall, weighed 133 lb, had a chest measurement of 37 ½ inch and grey eyes and brown hair.

He had tattoos on both forearms (numerous).

His religion was Church of England.

 

Army Medal Roll

So far his medal card has not been found.

1911 census 159 Bromford Lane, Erdington, Birmingham

William H Heeks                  M         39        Edge tool grinder                             b Malvern

Edith Hannah Heeks                      M         35        Married 10 years – 1 child              b Yardley Wood

William Henry Heeks                                    8                                                                    b Sparkhill, Bham

William H Heeks was not found on the 1901 census, so we do not know who his parents were.

 

ERNEST HEMMING

 

Ernest Hemming was born in Kenilworth. According to his army medal card, he first enlisted on 2 December 1915 as Private 102192. It is not clear where he enlisted but it seems that he joined the Kings Rifles (as Ernest Hemming of 23 Riland Road, Sutton Coldfield).

Ernest Hemming died on 8 September 1920 by cutting his throat with a razor – suicide, aged 37.

His death was registered September 1920 Tamworth 6b 363 aged 37

He was buried in Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, Plot C 1275

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals 1919 L/9662 page 11b

Army Service Record

He appears to have transferred to the Royal Field Artillery on 1 January 1917 - Gunner 198932

He later transferred to the Labour Corps 715 Company- Private 102.

He suffered from ‘shell shock’ and was discharged in October 1918 as he was no longer fit for active service.

It is not clear which theatre of war he served in but most likely it was France & Flanders.

Ernest Hemming was the son of William and Emma Hemming.

He was the husband of Rosa Hemming.

The marriage of Ernest Hemming and Rosa Marie Turner was registered March 1906 Cannock 6b 636

Rosa Marie Hemming died September 1955 at Warwick, aged 72

“Ernest Hemming was given a full military funeral.

All of the pall bearers were postmen.

He lived at 23 Riland Grove, off Riland Road, Sutton Coldfield.

He was the son of William and Emma Hemming of Coleshill Street.

He was the husband of Rose Mary Hemming and the father of five young children.

 He had been employed as a postman at Sutton Coldfield Post Office for 24 years.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 18.9.1920)

 

1911 census 26 Riland Road, Sutton Coldfield

Ernest Hemming                  M         28        Postman                                            b Kenilworth

Rosa Marie Hemming                     M         29        Married 5 years – 3 children                      b Cheslyn Hay

Ernest Hemming                                3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

William Hemming                              2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Edith Hemming                                  7 months old                                                           b Sutton Coldfield

 

 

1901 census Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield

William Hemming                M         38        General labourer                              b Kenilworth

Emma Hemming                  M         38                                                                    b Rowley, Wiltshire

Ernest Hemming                  U         18        Postman                                            b Kenilworth

Annie Hemming                               13                                                                    b Coventry

Alice Hemming                                 12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Lizzie Hemming                               10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Lucy Hemming                                   8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

William G Hemming                                      7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Hemming                                 6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Arthur Hemming                                3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ethel Hemming                                10 months old                                                           b Sutton Coldfield

 

 

 

 

ALFRED HIGGS

Alfred Higgs was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in May 1914 at Birmingham with the Coldstream Guards 1st Battalion - Private 10696

He was killed in action on 25 October 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres.

“This battle occurred during October and November of 1914 and was fought in an effort to control the strategically important town of Ypres.

However, vast numbers of soldiers who were experience and highly trained members of the regular army were lost, meaning a greater reliance on volunteer soldiers.”  (DOAA, Wikipedia)

Alfred Higgs was buried at the La Laiterie Military Cemetery, Kemmel near Ypres, Plot IV.C.14

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals CS/101 B5 page 237 and the 1914 Star Medal CG/1 page 164

 

No further military records were found for him online.

Ernest Higgs was the son of Thomas and Eliza Higgs

1911 census 75 Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Higgs                                  M         61        Bricklayer’s labourer                                   b Whitacre, Warks

Eliza Higgs                            M         54        Midwife – own account                   b Sutton Coldfield

George Harry Higgs             M         29        Coal hauler                                       b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Higgs                          U         19        Labourer                                            b Sutton Coldfield

Harold Higgs                                     16        Labourer                                            b Sutton Coldfield

Frank Higgs                                      13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Edith Higgs                                       10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

William Higgs                                               10        Grandson                                          b Sutton Coldfield

 

 

CHARLES ARTHUR HIGGS

Charles Arthur Higgs was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Battalion - Private 17050

He was killed in action on 10 April 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 23

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/104 B16 page 3442

No further military records were found online.

Charles Arthur Higgs was the son of Mrs Fanny Higgs of 8 Park Road, Sutton Coldfield

“He was the nephew of John Henry Higgs.

Prior to enlisting, he was employed by W H Smith & Sons, 54 Parade, Sutton Coldfield.

He enlisted under the Derby Scheme in November 1915.

He went to front on 3 March 1916.

He became a signaller in army.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 25.5.1918)

1911 census “Somerville”, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield

Fanny Higgs                         W        44                                                                    b Knowle, Warks

Edward Bladen Higgs                     U         20        Postman                                            b Knowle, Warks

Charles Arthur Higgs                      U         16        Shop assistant – stationery                        b Sutton Coldfield

Harry Higgs                                       10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Jessie Millicent Higgs                                   8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

1901 census Blind Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Edward B Higgs                   M         31        Gardener                                           b Sutton Coldfield

Fanny Higgs                         M         34                                                                    b Knowle

Edward B Higgs                               10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

John Henry Higgs                             8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Charles Arthur Higgs                                    7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Harry Higgs                                         7 weeks old                                                 b Sutton Coldfield

1891 census Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

John Higgs                           M         62        Gardener                                           b Sutton Coldfield

Hannah Higgs                                  M         65                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Edward Bladen Higgs                     M         21        Gardener                                           b Sutton Coldfield

Fanny Higgs                         M         24                                                                    b Knowle

Edward B Higgs                                 0                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

 

JOHN HENRY HIGGS

 

John Henry Higgs was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted on 9 November 1914 at Adelaide, South Australia with the Australian Infantry 12th Battalion - Private 1108

He was killed in action on 25 April 1915 (Gallipoli) aged 45 (Anzac Landings) (AWM/ANR)

“The 12th Battalion Australian Infantry were involved in the first landings on Gallipoli which took place on 25 April 1914.” (GCS)

John Henry Higgs has no known grave and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli

John Henry Higgs was the son of John and Hannah Higgs of Sutton Coldfield

“He was the husband of E Higgs of 148 Gillies Street, Adelaide, South Australia. It is not known where or when they were married.

John Harry Higgs was the third son of the late John Higgs of “The Park”, Sutton Coldfield and only surviving brother of E Higgs of Park Avenue, Sutton Coldfield.

He was killed in action on 26th April (sic) 1915. He was an (unreadable) hero, one of that noble band who left his home in Australia to fight for his native land.

Inserted by his sorrowing family in South Australia.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 28.4.1917)

Note: the main Anzac Landings were 25 April 1915 – so possibly the family got the date wrong

John Henry Higgs was the uncle of Charles Arthur Higgs (WML)

It is possible that John Higgs went to Australia in 1887.

1891 census Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

John Higgs                           M         62        Gardener                                           b Sutton Coldfield

Hannah Higgs                                  M         65                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Edward Bladen Higgs                     M         21        Gardener                                           b Sutton Coldfield

Fanny Higgs                         M         24                                                                    b Knowle

Edward B Higgs                                 0                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

1881 census The Park, Sutton Coldfield

John Higgs                           M         53        Gardener                                           b Sutton Coldfield

Hannah Higgs                                  M         55                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

John Higgs                                       15        Assists in garden                             b Sutton Coldfield

Edward B Higgs                               11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

1871 census The Park, Sutton Coldfield

John Higgs                           M         43        Ag lab                                                 b Sutton Coldfield

Hannah Higgs                                  M         45                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Arthur Higgs                                     11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Clare Higgs                                         8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

John Higgs                                         5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

John Higgs married Hannah Adams in 1848 in Sutton Coldfield

John Higgs (senior) died in 1893 and Hannah Higgs died in 1901

 

 

 

 

OWEN WILLIAM HILL

 

Owen William Hill was born in Weeford, near Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps 12th Battalion - Rifleman 12516

He was killed in action on 25 January 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 19

He was buried at the Sailly Saillisel British Cemetery, France, Plot V.E.2

Owen William Hill worshiped at St James Church, Mere Green and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour

(Tina Ambrose St James Church)

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/101 B/14 page 1750

Army Service Record

Owen William Hill was born on 2 December 1897 in Weeford, Sutton Coldfield and worked as a farm labourer at the time he enlisted.

He enlisted on 5 May 1915 in Birmingham.

He was 5’ 3” tall, weighed 117 pounds and had a chest measurement of 34 ½”. His medical examination was normal.

He parents were sent his medals and scroll in 1921.

Owen William Hill was the son of William and Elizabeth Hill of “Hillwood”, Sutton Coldfield.

“Owen Hill was educated at Hill Boys School. He was a member of Hill Junior Football Club.

He enlisted at the age of 17 and was sent to the front on 16 December 1916.

According to his officer he was killed when a shell hit his dugout and was killed outright.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 17.2.1917)

1911 census “Hillwood”, Sutton Coldfield

William Hill                            M         51        Stone breaker for county council  b Sutton Coldfield

Elizabeth Hill                                    M         46        Married 22 years – 3 children                    b Sutton Coldfield

Herbert Hill                            U         21        Stone breaker for county council  b Sutton Coldfield

May Hill                                              15        Domestic service                              b Weeford

Owen Hill                                          13                                                                    b Weeford

 

 

 

WILLIAM JOSEPH HINCE

 

William Joseph Hince was born in Birmingham. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 1806 and transferred to the Machine Gun Corps 22nd Company - Private 36227

He was killed in action on 4 May 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 33

He has no known grave and was commemorated on the Arras Memorial at Faubourg D’Amiens

 

 

The Arras Memorial Index MR20 part XI

 

 

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

The church records show that he lived at “The Briars”, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals MGC/ 101 B26 page 2494

Army Service Record

William Joseph Hince joined the 17th Local Reserve Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Sutton Coldfield on 26 November 1915.

His address was “The Briars”, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield.

He was aged 29 years and 153 days.

He worked as an insurance agent and was married.

He had previously served with the South Staffordshire Volunteers but no further details are entered.

He was Church of England. He was 5’ 10” tall, weighed 162 pounds and had a chest measurement of 39”. He was in good health.

He was attached to C Company on 26 November 1915 and transferred to the Machine Gun Corps on 13 May 1915 at Grantham, Lincolnshire.

He was sent overseas (place not legible) on 20 August 1916.

He was hospitalised twice at Bulford Military Hospital, Wiltshire between 7 February 1916 and 21 March 1916 for gonorrhoea.

Bulford Hospital specialised in military ‘Dermatology’ but at that time that was the term for syphilis, gonorrhoea and chancres and possibly scabies and the term later used was Venereology.

By December 1918 some 3665 syphilis and 388 gonorrhoea cases had been treated at this hospital according to the Australian Government Great War website.

  

Photograph taken from the Australian Government Website

 

 

The service records show that William Joseph Hince married Adeline Bartram on 12 May 1910 in Sutton Coldfield.

The couple had two children – Norman William Hince who was born on 21 February 1911 and Winifred Maud Hince who was born on 1 January 1913, both at Sutton Coldfield. The records contain some letters advising that his personal property would be sent to his wife plus his war medals.

His wife was awarded a pension of 22 shillings and 11 pence for herself and two children from 10 December 1917.

William Joseph Hince was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hince and the husband of Adeline Hince formerly Bartram

1911 census 3 Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield

William J Hince                    M         24        Insurance agent                               b Birmingham

Adeline Hince                                  M         30        Married 1 year – 1 child                  b Rugeley, Staffs

Norman Hince                                                one month old                                            b Sutton Coldfield

1901 census 1 Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

Joseph Hince                                   M         43        No occupation                                              b Birmingham

Elizabeth Hince                   M         43        Laundress                                         b Birmingham

Sarah Elizabeth Hince       U         20        Laundress                                         b Birmingham

William Joseph Hince                                 14        Bread (maker – hard to read)                     b Birmingham

George Edward Hince                    10                                                                    b Birmingham

Alice Maud Hince                              7                                                                    b Birmingham

Olive Nellie Hince                              6 months old                                                           b Sutton Coldfield

 

 

 

ARTHUR COKE HODSON

 

Arthur Coke Hodson was born in Birmingham. He enlisted in London with the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own) 11th Battalion - Rifleman S/11565

He died of wounds on 13 February 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 38. He died in the 6th Red Cross Hospital at Etaples in France.

Arthur Coke Hodson was buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery, Plot VI.C 15

 

 

 
Arthur Coke Hodson CWWG Grave at Etaples

Etaples Cemetery Index 

 

Arthur Hodson is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/102 B8 page 2475 and the 1915 Star Medal M/1B page 833

Army Service Record

Arthur Hodson enlisted in London on 31 May 1915 at the age of 35 years. He was single and worked as a house painter.

He gave his address as Walsall Road, Four Oaks.

He was sent to Winchester and then to France on 1 December 1915.

He served with the BEF between 1915 and 1916 and died of wounds on 13 February 1916 at Etaples.

He was 5’6” tall, weighed 140 pounds and his chest measured 36”. He had defective teeth and a deformed toe on his left foot. Otherwise he was fit to serve as a soldier.

His next of kin was his father Charles Hodson of “Berwyn House”, Four Oaks.

His siblings were listed as Charles E Hodson, 46, soldier in Africa; Herbert Hodson, 39, soldier now in Four oaks, Mary Annie Margaret King 47 of Four Oaks; Elizabeth Matthews 37 of London and Ellen Louise Hodson 35, of Clifton, Bath.

His medals, plaque and scroll were sent to his father as was his personal possessions which included 2 discs, 1 belt, 1 knife,1 pencil, 1 packet of photographs and letters, 1 ring, 1 pair of scissors, 1 pair gloves and other items that are hard to make out.

Arthur Coke Hodson was the son of Charles James and Mary Southwick Hodson.

Charles Hodson was found living in Sutton Coldfield but his wife must have died young and was not found on a census.

1911 census “Berwyn”, Walsall Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

Thomas King                                    M         40        Independent                                     b Kings Norton

Mary Ann Margaret King     M         38        Married 21 years – 6 children                    b Birmingham

Tom King                               U         19        Chemist’s apprentice                                  b Smethwick

Evelyn King                                      17        Student                                              b Smethwick

Bertram King                                     15        Electrical apprentice                                    b Four Oaks

Marjorie King                                                10                                                                    b Four Oaks

Edward Graham King                                 11 months old                                                           b Four Oaks

Charles J Hodson                W        69        Father in law - Architect own acct b Birmingham

Arthur Hodson                                  U         34        Brother in law House painter                     b Birmingham

1901 census “Cottage”, Bellwell Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

Thomas King                                    M         28        Own means                                      b Kings Norton

Mary King                              M         30                                                                    b Birmingham

Thomas King                                                  9                                                                    b Smethwick

Bertram King                                       5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ellen King                                         11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Maud King                                          1 month old                                                 b Sutton Coldfield

Charles J Hodson                W        58        Architect – own account                 b ditto

Charles E Hodson               U         26        Brother in law AB Seaman             b ditto

Herbert Carless                                  5        Visitor                                                 b ditto

Arthur Coke Hodson was not found on the 1901 census.      

1891 census 16 Trafalgar Road, Kings Norton

Mary Hodson                                    W        82        Own means                                      b Worcester

Helen L Hodson                   U         18        Grand- daughter                              b Birmingham

Charles Hodson                                 7        Grandson                                          b Birmingham

Arthur C Hodson                              15        Grandson                                          b Birmingham          

Probate

Arthur Coke Hodson of “Berwyn House”, Walsall Road, Four Oaks, died 13 February 1916 at 6th Red Cross Hospital, Etaples, France.

Administration was granted on 27 April 1937 at Birmingham to Mary Annie Margaret King, widow.

Effects: £79 17s 4d

 

 

 

EDWARD HOLBECHE      Military Medal

 

Edward Holbeche was born in Lapworth and resided at Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Field Artillery -Sergeant 64947

He died at the Brook War Hospital in Woolwich on 6 November 1918 from pneumonia aged 31.

Edward Holbeche was buried at St James Church, Mere Green, Plot I.13 and was commemorated on their Roll of Honour. (Tina Ambrose, St James Church)

 

 

 

Photograph Yvonne Moore 2 August 2014

 

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Military Medal for rescuing wounded comrades.

He was also awarded the Victory and British Medals RFA/197B page 19315 and the 1915 Star Medal RFA/ A/5A page 4806.

He entered France on 9 September 1915 and had been an acting Bombardier and Sergeant.

Edward Holbeche was the son of John and Sarah Holbeche of Mere Green and the husband of Ellen, formerly Hykin of “The Cedars”, Mere Green Road, Sutton Coldfield.

The marriage of Edward Holbeche and Ellen Hykin was registered September 1909 Aston 6d 464

“Edward Holbeche was educated at Hill School. Before enlisting he worked for Mr S Pugh, builder of Lichfield Road, Four Oaks as a labourer.

He enlisted in January 1915 and was sent to France in September 1915. He was promoted to Sergeant in May 1917.

He was awarded the Military Medal for rescuing wounded soldiers out of dugouts that had been hit by German shells.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 3.11.1917)

“Having seen much service, he was gassed on October 29th 1917 and was brought back to England.

He was an inmate at Buxton Hospital until February 1918 when he went to Salisbury and other places as an instructor.

He was taken ill with pneumonia on 28th October 1918 and taken to the Brook War Hospital, Woolwich where he died.  He was buried with full military honours.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 23.11.1918)

1911 “The Cedars”, Mere Green Road, Sutton Coldfield

Edward Holbeche                M         25        Bricklayer’s labourer                                   b Lapworth

Ellen Holbeche                    M         22        Married 1 year                                               b Fotherley

William Hykin                                   U         32        Carter for builder                              b Birmingham

1901 census “Private Cottage”, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield

John Holbeche                    M         60        Gardener                                           b Bonehill, Tamworth

Sarah Holbeche                   M         58                                                                    b Kettlebrook

John Holbeche                    U         30        Bricklayer’s labourer                                   b Bonehill

Albert Holbeche                   U         19        Labourer                                            b Lapworth

Edward Holbeche                            15        Gardener’s boy                                b Lapworth

 

 

FREDERICK HOWARD HOLMES

 

Frederick Howard Holmes was born on 2 September 1891 in Sutton Coldfield. He joined the Royal Navy but no date or place has been found at this time. He served as Leading Stoker K/9798 on ‘HMS Warrior’.

Frederick Howard Holmes was killed or died as a direct result of enemy action on board ship on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland, aged 26.

HMS Warrior was a cruiser launched on 25 November 1905 and completed in May 1907 - 13,550 tons.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial Panel 15

Frederick Howard Holmes was the son of Frederick and Alice Holmes of “Woodleigh”, Coleshill Road, Sutton Coldfield

1911 census “Woodleigh”, Coleshill Road, Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Holmes                 M         49        Assistant with pleasure boats                    b Sutton Coldfield

Alice Holmes                                    M         49        Married 28 years, 10 children 4 died        b Aston

Arthur Holmes                                  U         24        House painter                                               b Sutton Coldfield

Leonard Holmes                  U         21        Gentleman’s servant                                   b Sutton Coldfield

Mabel Holmes                                              11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Margery Holmes                                 9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Howard Holmes was not found on the 1911 census. It is possible that he had already joined the navy by then.

1901 census 11 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Holmes                 M         39        Manager for pleasure boats                       b Sutton Coldfield

Alice Holmes                                    M         39                                                                    b Aston

Arthur Ernest Holmes                                 14        Carpenter’s boy                               b Sutton Coldfield

Percy Gordon Holmes                     12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Leonard Holmes                              11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Howard Holmes                9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Mabel Holmes                                               1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Baptism at Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Howard Holmes was baptised on 27 September 1891.

His parents were Frederick and Alice Holmes.

Frederick Holmes was a Butcher and the family lived at Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield.

 

FRANK HORTON

 

Frank Horton was the brother of Frederick Horton – see the next entry.

Frank Horton was born in Hereford and resided in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Field Artillery, 6th Battery, 40th Brigade – Gunner/ Bombardier 76043

 

He died of wounds on 6 April 1916 (France & Flanders)

 

“He probably died at a casualty clearing station.” (CWGC Cemetery History)

 

Frank Horton was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Plot V.D.26A 

 

 

 

Photograph Peter Moore 2014

 

 

Frank Horton 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 RFA/210B page 22028 and the 1914 Star RFA/10 page 40

He was awarded a clasp Z/2856

He entered France on 19 August 1914

Frank Horton was the son of Henry and Jane Horton of Hereford.

1911 census 29 Nunion Street, Hereford St Peter

Henry Horton                                    M         59        Gardener                                           b Eggmanton, Notts

Jane Horton                          M         54        Married 19 years – 2 children                    b Ross, Herefordshire

Frank Horton                                                17        Porter for grocer                               b Hereford

Frederick Horton                              16        Skate fixer at skating rink               b Hereford

1901 census Commercial Street, Hereford St Peter

Henry Horton                                    M         48        Gardener                                           b Laxton, Notts

Jane Horton                          M         43                                                                    b Ross

William Henry Horton                      U         21        Brick maker                                       b Fledborough, Notts

Frank Horton                                                  7                                                                    b Hereford

Frederick Horton                                6                                                                    b Hereford

It appears that Jane was Henry Horton’s second wife and not the mother of William Henry Horton.

1881 census 3 Ashurst, Doncaster, Yorkshire

Henry Horton                                    M         27        Labourer at iron works                    b Laxton, Notts

Mary Horton                          M         30                                                                    b Laxton

William Horton                                                1                                                                    b Fledborough, Notts

Mary Cox                               W        63        Mother in law - retired headmistress        b Laxton

1911 census Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield

William Henry Horton                      M         32        Brick maker                                       b Fledborough, Notts

Elizabeth Horton                  M         32        Married 4 years 1 child                    b Rushall, Staffs

Mary Selina Horton                           2 months old                                                           b Sutton Coldfield

May Jarvis                                           9        Visitor                                                 b Walsall

 

It is not clear if William Horton served during the Great War.

 

FREDERICK HORTON

Frederick Horton was the brother of Frank Horton – see previous entry.

Frederick Horton was born in Hereford and resided in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2nd Battalion - Private 9808

Frederick Horton has no known grave and was commemorated on the Arras Memorial

Frederick Horton 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 L/104 B17 page 3657 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 262

Frederick Horton was the son of Henry and Jane Horton of Hereford

1911 census 29 Nunion Street, Hereford St Peter

Henry Horton                                    M         59        Gardener                                           b Eggmanton, Notts

Jane Horton                          M         54        Married 19 years – 2 children                    b Ross, Herefordshire

Frank Horton                                                17        Porter for grocer                               b Hereford

Frederick Horton                              16        Skate fixer at skating rink               b Hereford

1901 census Commercial Street, Hereford St Peter

Henry Horton                                    M         48        Gardener                                           b Laxton, Notts

Jane Horton                          M         43                                                                    b Ross

William Henry Horton – son           U         21        Brick maker                                       b Fledborough, Notts

Frank Horton                                                  7                                                                    b Hereford

Frederick Horton                                6                                                                    b Hereford

It appears that Jane was Henry Horton’s second wife and not the mother of William Henry Horton.

1881 census 3 Ashurst, Doncaster, Yorkshire

Henry Horton                                    M         27        Labourer at iron works                    b Laxton, Notts

Mary Horton                          M         30                                                                    b Laxton

William Horton                                                1                                                                    b Fledborough, Notts

Mary Cox                               W        63        Mother in law - retired headmistress        b Laxton

1911 census Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield

William Henry Horton                      M         32        Brick maker                                       b Fledborough, Notts

Elizabeth Horton                  M         32        Married 4 years 1 child                    b Rushall, Staffs

Mary Selina Horton                           2 months old                                                           b Sutton Coldfield

May Jarvis                                           9        Visitor                                                 b Walsall

It is not clear if William Horton served during the Great War.

 

 

 

 

ROBERT RUTTER HOWELL

 

Robert Howell was born in Nechells in Birmingham. He resided in Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted during August 1914 in Birmingham with the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry – Private 14802 and transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment 7th Battalion -Private 14084

He died of wounds on 19 February 1917 (Salonika) aged 30

He was wounded by a high explosive shell and had his leg amputated. He then succumbed to the effects of his wounds.

Salonika was the base for the British Salonika Force and was home to many hospitals (CWGC Cemetery History)

He was buried at the Salonika Anglo French Military Cemetery, Greece, Plot 809

Army Medal Roll

Robert Rutter Howell entered France on 21 September 1915 and was sent to Salonika where he died of wounds.

He had served as a Sergeant but was demoted to Private on the grounds of “inefficiency”.

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals C/1/102 B7 page 765 and the 1915 Star Medal C/1/1B page 765

Robert Rutter Howell was the son of John and the late Susan Rutter Howell of Nechells, Aston

He was the husband of Lily Howell of 5 Tintern Villas, 293 Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield

Robert Rutter Howell married Lily Gilbert June 1915 Tamworth 6b 1021

1911 census 25 Stanley Road, Nechells, Aston

John Rutter Howell             W        50        Railway Clerk (2 children)              b Aston

Robert Rutter Howell                       U         24        Railway Clerk                                               b Aston

Albert Howell                                    U         22        Boot maker & repairer                                 b Aston

 

Baptisms at St James the Less, Ashted, Birmingham

This church was part of the Aston parish, acting as a chapel of ease

Robert Rutter Howell was born 18 September 1886 and baptised 20 October 1886.

His parents were John Rutter Howell and Susan Howell of 153 Stanley Road, Nechells

John Rutter Howell worked as a railway clerk.

Albert Howell was baptised on 24 April 1889.

 

R HUDSON

 

The typed list for the builder of the memorial states that this man was R Hudson.

The St Michael’s Church, Boldmere records show that R Hudson lived at Chester Road, New Oscott.

The Electoral Roll for Sutton Coldfield for 1913/14, 1914/15, 1918 and 1919 did not identify anyone who was listed as R Hudson, although there were Hudson families residing at Chester Road.

There was a George Rowland Hudson who lived at 253 Boldmere Road and was seen on the 1919 Electoral Roll.

However, he was not found on any previous electoral rolls.

George Rowland Hudson lived at “Glencoe Villa”, Chester Road with his wife Eliza.

They were found at that address on the 1913/1914 and 1914/1915 Electoral Rolls. 

However, it appears from the 1911 census that George Rowland Hudson was born in 1856, so was too old to serve in the war.

All the Hudson names with first names beginning with R were searched, along with F and P, on the military sections and censuses that are available on Ancestry.co.uk and findmypast.

No man could be found who had a link to Sutton Coldfield.

It can only be hoped that we find the identity of this man in the future.

 

 

BERT HAROLD HUMPHRIES- also known as Humphris

 

Bert Harold Humphries was born in Aston. He enlisted in Warwick with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private/Lance Corporal 268198 and transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles 1st Battalion - Rifleman 52310

 

He was killed in action on 15 October 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 26

 

He was buried at the Dadizeele New British Cemetery Moorslede West, Belgium, Plot II.B 17

 

 

 

Bert Harold Humphries Grave (findagrave website)

 

 

Irish World War 1 Casualty Roll of Honour

 

B H Humphries is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals B/104 B22 page 3721

It is not clear who was the father of Bert Harold Humphries. His mother was Emma Bristol, formerly Humphries.

Bert Harold Humphries was the husband of Beatrice Allen

The marriage of Bert H Humphries and Beatrice Allen was registered December 1915 Tamworth 6b 981

“Bert H Humphries resided at 3 Four Oaks Common Road at the time he enlisted. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Mr J Burnett of Little Aston. He leaves a widow.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 18.1.1919)

1911 census 7 Common Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

Albert John Humphries      U         36        House plasterer                                b Stourton, Warks

Bert Harrold Humphries      U         18        Brother – gardener                          b Birmingham

1911 census “Hillfield”, Wentworth Road, Four Oaks

Working in the household of Chrissie Halew Peart

Emma Bristol                                    M         60        Cook married 13 years                    b Fanny Compton

1901 census 14 Clarendon Street, Aston

William Bristol                                   M         59        Journeyman baker                          b Walsall

Emma Bristol                                    M         50                                                                    b Fanny Compton

Ellen R Humphries              U         22        Step daughter – cook                                  b Hampton in Arden

Frederick Humphries                      U         22        Step son – cycle polisher               b Claverdon, Warks

Christopher Humphries      U         18        Step son - plasterer’s labourer      b Aston

Ernest Humphries                           16        Step son – steel filer                                    b Aston

Bert H Humphries                              8        Step son                                            b Aston

 

Fanny Compton is in Warwickshire

 

ARCHIBALD GIBSON BALFOUR HUTTON

 

It is not known where Archibald Gibson Hutton-Balfour was born but he spent time residing at Shenstone Wood End, on the boundary of Sutton Coldfield whilst he was a young man.

It is not known where or when he enlisted but he joined firstly the Machine Gun Corps as Gunner 1037 and then transferred to the Kings Own Scottish Borderers 6th Battalion and achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant

Archibald Gibson Hutton- Balfour died of wounds on 22 March 1918

He was buried at the Perronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot I.C.37

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/134 page 125 and the 1915 Star Medal MCG/1B page 39

He entered France on 25 July 1915 and gained his commission on 21 November 1916. He was attached to the 3rd Battalion and the 6th Battalion of the KOSB

His medals were sent to his father J Hutton- Balfour as requested on 8 January 1919.

Archibald Gibson Hutton-Balfour worshipped at St James Church and he was commemorated on their Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose, St James Church).

Archibald Gibson Hutton-Balfour was the son of John and Helen Grace Hutton-Balfour

1911 census “Babington House”, Wood End, Shenstone, Staffordshire (Sutton Coldfield boundary)

John Hutton-Balfour                       M         54        Local Sec. of Life Assurance Co.  b Edinburgh

Helen Grace Hutton-Balfour          M         56        Married 27 years – 3 children                    b Glasgow

Archibald was not found on any census under any variation of his name. He had a brother, Ian and a sister.

In the ‘Birmingham Daily Post’ on 10 October 1916 was a birth announcement for a daughter born on 7 October 1916 to Ian Hutton – Balfour and his wife. They lived at Buckhurst Hill.

Newspaper articles found on ‘findmypast’ that give us an insight into the Hutton-Balfour family

Lichfield Mercury 28 February 1907

Babington House was being sold by the Chavasse family and a sale of furniture at the house was advertised.

Lichfield Mercury 4 January 1907

The funeral of Frederick Bell of “The Firs”, Four Oaks was reported as taking place at St James Church.

Amongst the mourners was J Hutton-Balfour.

Lichfield Mercury 28 January 1910

“Sale of Work: A sale of work was held last week at Babington House in aid of the fund for the purpose of erecting a Mission Church at Wood End.

The opening ceremony was performed by the Rev. A T Lowley, Vicar of Shenstone. The Vicar stated that a sum of £80 was already in hand and that a site had been promised by Lady Parker. He spoke in encouraging terms of the work already done at Wood End in the past and hoped that as a result of the sale the fund would be considerably augmented.

Buyers came in good numbers and there was a quick and ready sale. The stalls were filled with useful and saleable articles and were in charge of the following ladies and gentlemen: Mrs J Hutton-Balfour, Miss Hutton-Balfour, Miss J Truman, Miss Wright, Mrs McNeill of Four Oaks, Miss Peppercorn, Miss Higgins and Messrs J Hutton- Balfour, I Hutton-Balfour, A Hutton-Balfour W Peppercorn, O Dudley and H Noke.

Miss Peppercorn’s bran tub proved a great attraction and Mr A Hutton-Balfour’s competitions were also well patronised.

Quite a distinct feature of the sale was Miss Truman’s Beehive. Jam and pickles were on sale.

The thanks of those concerned are especially due to Mr and Mrs H Hutton-Balfour who so kindly allowed their house to be used for the sale and for their untiring energy, which did so much to make the sale a success.

Thanks are also due to all who sent contributions and donations. The proceeds realised £31 10s which goes to swell the Building Fund.”

Lichfield Mercury 3 June 1910 Cricket – Shenstone v Hints

“I Hutton Balfour bowled Cotton – 4 and A G Hutton Balfour bowled Shaw – 12.”

Lichfield Mercury 28 April 1911

“St James Hill: The Easter Vestry meeting in connection with this church together with that of All Saints, Four Oaks was held in the Parish Room on Friday evening with the Vicar the Rev. H Pemberton in the chair.

The church warden’s accounts were satisfactory. The year commenced with an adverse balance of £90 14s 5d and ended with a deficit of only £1 17s 9d

The Vicar nominated as his Warden Alderman J T Glover and My George Higgins was elected as Peoples Warden.

Alderman E Ansell and Messrs W Hutton, E Babst, J Hutton-Balfour were appointed as lay representatives on the ruri-decanal conference and Mr A E Cheatle was re-elected on the General Committee of the Hospital Sunday Fund.”

Tamworth Herald 9 November 1911

A meeting was held at the public hall, Mere Green on the occasion of the Rev. A H Bell severing his connections with the parish of Hill in order to become the curate in charge at Dostill.

Amongst those attending were Mr and Mrs J Hutton-Balfour.

Newcastle Journal 6 January 1917 – War announcements ‘INFANTRY’

KOSB Cadet Archibald Gibson Hutton-Balfour to be temporary second lieutenant on probation. He was attached to 22nd Battalion on 22 November 1916.

Gloucester Citizen 3 July 1918

“The Insurance World” (a round-up of insurance news)

Roll of Honour

Second Lieutenant Archibald Gibson Hutton-Balfour, KOSB, who was the youngest son of Mr J Hutton-Balfour of the Standard Life Assurance Company died 22 March 1918.

 

 

JOHN BARNABAS HUTTON

 

John Barnabas Hutton was born in Walsall. He enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment 5th Battalion as a Second Lieutenant and was promoted to Lieutenant.

He was killed in action on 13 October 1915 (France & Flanders)

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

He is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

He is also commemorated on the All Saints, Streetly War Memorial (Marion Hall)

John Hutton was also commemorated on the ‘Cyclops Iron Works’, Pleck Road, Walsall where he worked

 


Photographs researched by Marion Hall

 

Army Medal Roll

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/157 page 78 and the 1915 Star Medal OFF/157 page 25.

He entered France on 2 March 1915.

John Barnabas Hutton was the son of Arthur William and Alice Mary Hutton of Streetly, Sutton Coldfield.

1911 census Streetly Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Arthur William Hutton                     M         56        Engineer manager iron & tube works      b Northampton

Alice Mary Hutton                M         55        Married 26 years, 6 children 1 died          b Wednesbury

Ada May Smith                     U         18        Housemaid                                       b Church Greasley

In 1911, it seems that John B Hutton was at a boarding school at Hatton Budbrook, Warwickshire.

1901 census “The Elms”, Sutton Road, Walsall

Arthur W Hutton                   M         46        Mechanical engineer – employer b Northampton

Alice M Hutton                                  M         45                                                                    b Wednesbury

John B Hutton                                                9                                                                    b Walsall

Ruth Hutton                                        8                                                                    b Walsall

Thomas J Hutton                               1                                                                    b Walsall

Florence Headley                U         28        Governess                                         b Ireland

Annie Davies                                    U         28        Cook                                                   b Salop

Alice Davies                          U         24        Nurse                                                 b Salop

Elizabeth Griffiths                U         33        Housemaid                                       b Walsall

Anne Griffiths                                   U         20        Housemaid                                       b Wightwick

 

 

 

GEOFFREY JENNINGS HUXLEY (Known as Tim)

 

Geoffrey Jennings Huxley was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Warwick with the Warwickshire Regiment whilst underage as Private 1369 then transferred to the Hampshire Regiment - Private 44377 then to the Middlesex Regiment 19th London Battalion - Private G/44668

Geoffrey Jennings Huxley was killed in action on 22 August 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 18

He was buried at the Bray Vale British Cemetery Bray-Sur-Somme (near Albert), Plot II.A.6

G J Huxley 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 E/1/102B/25 page 4255 and the 1915 Star Medal L/10B2 page 698

Geoffrey Jennings Huxley was the son of George J and Kathleen Louisa Huxley of “Hazelhurst”

“He resided at “Hazelhurst, Maney, Sutton Coldfield.

He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School and Four Oaks College.

He enlisted at the age of 15 in the Birmingham City Battalion and went to France with them.

The army discovered he was underage and he received a discharge.

He re-enlisted 1 October 1917 and went to France 2 April 1918.

He was a great friend of A R Purdom.

He was killed on the eve of his 19th Birthday.”

(Sutton Coldfield News 5.10.1918)

1911 census “Hazlehurst”, Maney, Sutton Coldfield

George Jennings Huxley   M         47        Commercial traveller, clothes         b Leeds

Kathleen Louise Huxley     M         37        Married 15 years – 3 children                    b Hales, Staffs

Sybil Margaret Huxley                                 14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Winifred Mary Huxley                                 12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Geoffrey Jennings Huxley             11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Harriet Woodings                 U         17        General servant                               b Newborough, Staffs

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
Private G/44668 Geoffrey Jennings (Tim) Huxley
19th Middlesex Regiment
Died: Thursday 22nd August 1918
Aged: 18

The Germans had captured Bray-sur-Somme, to the south east of Albert, in March 1918. On the 22 August 1918, Tim’s unit was lost in the small valleys and mist next to the river. They thought that they had found their objective and tried to force a heavily defended river crossing next to Bray-sur-Somme. He and 24 of his companions were killed. The village finally fell to the Australians on 24 August 1918. Tim Huxley is buried in Bray Vale British Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme, Plot 2, Row A, Grave 6. The inscription reads  ‘Amen, so let it be.’ He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square and St Peters Church, Maney. “I had tea with his sister (when she was a very old lady) many years ago! (David Phillips).

Geoffrey Jennings Huxley was born on 23 August 1899 and was the son of George Jennings (a commercial traveller) and Kathleen Louisa Huxley of Hazlehurst, Birmingham Road, Maney, Sutton Coldfield. After leaving Four Oaks College he attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School  (1911 to 1912) where he was very popular with his schoolfellows and others, but a great friend of Private A E Purdon (who was killed in action on 13 September 1918).Geoffrey ran away from school to join the 1st City Battalion (14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment) as Private 14/1369 on the 5 June 1915, aged only 15. On his Attestation Form he gave his age as 19 years and 1 month and trade as Clerk.

He trained in Sutton Park and on Salisbury Plain in the 17th RWR before rejoining the 14th RWR and going out to France on 21st November 1915. The 14th Warwicks were sent to the Bray Front and manned the trenches at Carnoy and Maricourt (less than 5km from where Tim was killed and buried 3 years later).  In January 1916 the Battalion was relieved and went into isolation with German measles at Vaux sur Somme. Tim was discovered to be under age, received his discharge and sent home on 14th February 1916, just before the Battalion went on to Arras.  On 1 October 1917, having attained his eighteenth birthday, he enlisted in the 53rd Hampshire Regiment (a young training regiment) as Private 44577. He again trained on Salisbury Plain and being transferred to the 19th London Battalion was sent to France on 2 April 1918. Tim was home on leave for Christmas 1917 and his sister remembered that he thought that he would not be home again. He died the day before his nineteenth birthday.”  (David Phillips, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)