Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project 2104

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SIDNEY MANNALL

 

Sydney Mannall was born on 28 March 1892 in Birmingham. He enlisted with the Canadian Infantry 50th Battalion (Alberta Regiment) – Private 895497

 

He died of wounds on 29 September 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 24

 

He was buried at the Noeux Les- Mines Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Plot II.B.22

 

From the Canada War Graves Register, (Circumstances of Casualty) we learn that he died at No. 7 Casualty Clearing Station from multiple shrapnel wounds. (CWWG History)

 

Sydney Mannall worshipped at St James Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour

 

(Tina Ambrose, St James Church)

 

Army Service Record

 

Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, Attestation Paper

 

Sydney Mannall of Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Regiment number 895497

 

He was born on 28 March 1892 at Birmingham, Warwickshire and his father was Samuel Mannall.

 

The address of his next of kin was given as Mere Green Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

 

His occupation was that of Motor Repairer for a farmer and he was single.

 

He attested on 6 January 1917 and his attestation was approved on 8 January 1917 and finally approved on 22 January 1917.

 

His age was 24 years 9 months.

 

He was 5 ft 5 in tall with a chest measurement of 34”. His complexion was fair, eyes blue and hair light brown. He was Church of England.

 

No medal roll was found for him.

 

Sydney Mannall was the son of Samuel and Catherine Mannall of “Chestnut Cottage”, Mere Green Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census 12 Church Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

Samuel Mannall                      M         46        Gardener domestic                             b Sudbourne, Suffolk

Katherine Mannall                   M         42        Married 18 years, 4 children 2 died    b Drayton, Staffs 

Sydney Mannall                      U         18        Grocer’s Porter                                   b Birmingham

Harold Mannall                        U         15        Fruiterers Assistant                             b Sutton, Warwickshire

 

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

 

Samuel Mannall                      M         36        Gardeners Labourer                           b Sudbourne, Suffolk

Katherine Mannall                   M         32                                                                    b Canwell, Staffs

Sydney Mannall                                    8                                                                    b Birmingham

Harold Mannall                                      5                                                                    b Little Sutton

 

EDWARD BAGULEY MARKWICK

 

Edward Baguley Markwick was born in Birmingham. He enlisted at Fulham in Middlesex with the Royal Engineers 2nd Signal Company – Corporal 28798

 

He died on 9 November 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 22

 

From the Sutton Coldfield News we learn that he died from pneumonia at the No. 45 Casualty Clearing Station.

 

He was buried at the Awoingt British Cemetery, near Cambrai, Plot III.D.14

 

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

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RE/101 B page 97 and the 1914 Star Medal RE/1 page 757

 

He was awarded a clasp - Clasp/1/1263 on 23 April 1920

 

He entered France on 15 October 1914.

 

Edward Baguley Markwick was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Annie Marwick of “Broadfields”, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

In 1918 the family lived at “St Michaels”, Maney Hill Road, Maney (1918 Electoral Roll)

 

“He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. He lived with his parents.

 

He enlisted in September 1914 and was a Despatch Rider with the Royal Engineers.

 

He was sent home in February 1917 with rheumatic fever and returned to France in March 1918.

 

He died at 4pm on 9 November 1918 from pneumonia at No 45 Casualty Clearing Station.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 16.11.1918)

 

1911 census Maney Hill Road, Maney, Sutton Coldfield

 

Edward Markwick                   M         43        Manager at Stove and Grate Works b Oldbury, Staffs

Elizabeth Ann Markwick         M         43        Married 16 years, 3 children all alive  b Liverpool, Lancs

Edward Baguley Markwick                15                                                                    b Aston

Harold Ernest Markwick                     10                                                                    b Wylde Green

Hubert Henry Markwick                       8                                                                    b Wylde Green

Alice Amos                              U         21                                                                    b Walsall

 

1901 census “East Grove”, Highbridge Road, St Michael’s, Boldmere

 

Edward Markwick                   M         33        Manager Stove and Grate Works      b Oldbury, Staffs

Elizabeth A Markwick                         M         33                                                                    b Liverpool, Lancs

Edward B Markwick                             5                                                                    b Aston, Birmingham

Harold E Markwick                               2                                                                    b Wylde Green

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Corporal 28798 Edward Baguley Markwick

2nd Signal Company, Royal Engineers

Died: Saturday 9th November 1918

Aged: 22

 

The 2nd Signal Company was part of the 2nd Division; VI Corps took part in the Battle of the Selle during October/November 1918.

 

It would normally have a total strength of 162 men of which 14 were corporals. One sergeant and 8 corporals served with the Dispatch Riders Group. 

 

Corporal Markwick contracted pneumonia and was sent to the 45th Casualty Clearing Station at Awoingt. It was here that he died.

 

Edward Markwick is buried in Awoingt British Cemetery, east of Cambrai, Plot 3, Row D, Grave 14

 

His grave is inscribed    ‘What more could he give.’

 

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

 

“Edward B Markwick was born on 9 February 1893. He was the eldest son of Edward (Manager of the Range Grate Works) and Elizabeth Annie Markwick of “Broadfields”, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield and later of ‘St. Michaels’, Maney Hill Road.

 

Edward attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1905 and 1912.

 

He enlisted in September 1914 and was sent to Chatham and Aldershot for training and then to France at the start of October 1915.

 

He saw considerable service and at one time was a Sergeant Dispatch Rider in the Royal Engineers.

 

In February 1917 he was invalided out of France with rheumatic fever, spending time in the Allerton Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital where his mother (a member of Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) was working. 

 

He recovered and returned to France in March 1918.

 

Writing to Mr. Markwick from the 45th Casualty Clearing Station, Medical Officer F. M. Carter says:

 

“I am very sorry to tell you your son, Corporal E. B. Markwick died in hospital at 4 p.m. today. He was admitted to hospital suffering with pneumonia.

 

Everything was done that was possible, but nothing seemed to help, and he passed peacefully away. He sent his love when I told him I was writing and said he would write soon.

 

With much sympathy.”

 

The Medal Card Index at the National Archives shows that Edward was an Acting Sergeant at the time of his death.

 

He had a younger brother Harold E. Markwick.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

FRANCIS JOHN MARLOW

 

Francis John Marlow was born in Warwick. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Battalion (Princess Charlotte of Wales) – Sergeant 15411

 

He died of wounds 3 April 1918 (France & Flanders) at Rouen

 

He probably died at a casualty clearing station as Rouen was a major hospital centre. (CWWG Cemetery History)

 

He was buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Plot PVIII.I.4B

 

“Prior to the war he was employed as a gardener at Ashfurlong Hall, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at the same time as P Blockley in early 1915.” (WML)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/105 B12 page 2095 and the 1915 Star Medal L/3B page 300 

 

He entered France on 25 July 1915

 

Francis John Marlow was the son of John and Jane Marlow.

 

“Francis J Marlow was a member of the Sutton Coldfield Gardeners Society.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 12.5.1917)

 

“Francis J Marlow was a gardener in the employ of Colonel Wilkinson of “Ashfurlong Hall”.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 27.4.1918)

 

In 1911, Colonel Joseph Henry Wilkinson, 65 from Bradford lived at Ashfurlong Hall.

 

He was the Chairman of a Wholesale Drapery Company and was an employer.

 

At that time he did not list any gardeners in his employ who resided at the Hall.

 

Francis Marlow and his family were not found on the 1911 census.

 

1901 census 1 Broad Street, Warwick

 

John Marlow                           M         38        Gardener not domestic                       b Warwick

Jane Marlow                           M         33                                                                    b Alveston, Warks

Francis John Marlow                            8                                                                    b Warwick

Amy Louise Marlow                              7                                                                    b Warwick

Grace Lucy Marlow                              5                                                                    b Warwick

William George Marlow                        2                                                                    b Warwick

Annie Elizabeth Marlow                        2 months old                                                 b Warwick

 

William George Marlow

 

William George Marlow served as Private 181544 in the Machine Gun Corps

 

GEORGE RUSSELL COURTNEY MARTIN

 

George R C Russell was born on 25 July 1891 in London. He enlisted on September 1914 with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/6th Battalion (Territorials) as a Second Lieutenant then became a Lieutenant (service number not known)

 

He was killed in action on 1 July 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 25 during the attack on the Quadrilateral Redoubt, near Serre

 

He was first buried by the Germans but after the War his body was moved to Miraumons Communal Cemetery, Row C Grave 5

 

He is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

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

 

His Army Service and Medal Index Card were not found online.

 

George Russell Courtney Martin was the only son of Mr and Mrs G Martin of “Hartopp Court”, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

“He was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Lickey Hill School and Repton.”

 

He obtained his commission at the outbreak of war and was sent to the front in February 1916.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 15.7.1916)

 

The family were not found on the 1911 census

 

1901 census Hartopp Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

George Martin                         M         51        Saddlery/Harness Manu. Employer   b London

Marion Martin                          M         39                                                                    b St Helier, Jersey

George R Martin                                   9                                                                    b London

Kathleen Martin                                     2                                                                    b Aldridge

John Martin                             U         22        Nephew – assists in business b London

Agnes Steps                            U         21        Lady’s housekeeper                            b Northants

Jane Fincher                           U         21        Monthly nurse                                     b Hereford

Eliza Foster                             U         23        House maid                                         b Aston

Rachel Harris                          U         23        House maid                                         b Staffs

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Second Lieutenant George Russell Courtney Martin

1st/6th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Saturday 1st July 1916

Aged: 24

 

The 1st/6th and 1st/8th Territorial Battalions of the Royal Warwicks (temporarily attached to the 11th Brigade, 4th Division), were to attack over the Redan Ridge between the villages of Serre and Beaumont Hamel.

 

They faced the formidable German strongpoint known as the Quadrilateral in land now occupied by the Serre Road No. 2 Cemetery.

 

The 1st/8th led off into No Man’s Land followed after a few minutes by the 1st/6th. Shells and machine guns decimated the ranks, but the Battalions still made good their objectives; the Quadrilateral and cutting beyond it.

 

The 31st Division on their left and the rest of the 4th Division on their right could not attain their objectives. By 11.00am there was only one officer, 2nd Lt. J G Cooper, who remained untouched in the vicinity of the Quadrilateral.

 

There were a handful of Warwicks left, amongst heaps of dead and dying, to defend the position from counter-attacks from the front and both flanks. In the evening the remaining troops were ordered to withdraw.

 

The 1/8th Royal Warwicks lost their CO, Lieutenant-Colonel E. A. Innes and suffered 588 casualties - 170 of which were never found.

 

The 1/6th suffered 457 casualties, with 110 men never found.

 

George Martin is buried in the Miraumont Communal Cemetery, Row C, Grave 5

 

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

 

“George R. C. Martin was born on 25 July 1891. He was the son of George and Marion Martin of Hartopp Court, Hartopp Road.

 

George attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1901 and 1903.

 

He moved to Lickey Hills School and in 1906 to Repton School, Burton-on-Trent.

 

In 1908 he was employed as a saddler in his father’s firm. 

 

He enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd/6th Royal Warwicks in September 1914.

 

He was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant in 1915 and attached to the 1st/6th Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

 

He was sent to France on 16 February 1916.

 

He was mistakenly reported to be a prisoner at Schwarmstedt, near Hanover in Germany in November 1917, but he had been buried in the Miraumont Cemetery by the Germans on 1 July 1916.

 

He left £58 10s 0d to his parents.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

 

EDWIN HAROLD MATTHEWS

 

Edwin Harold Matthews was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the City Battalions (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) at the outbreak of war- Private 14/448. He went to the front in May 1915.

 

He received a commission in Liverpool in August 1915 and became a Second Lieutenant on 1 September 1915 with the King’s Liverpool Regiment 1/7th Battalion.

 

He was killed in action on 8 August 1916 aged 27.

 

He was killed in an attempt to capture Guillemont Village at 4.20 a.m. on 8 August 1916.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/49 page 242

 

He entered France on 26 May 1915.

 

The index card is annotated that his service records were not found.

 

Edwin Harold Matthews was the son of Mr and Mrs J. W. Matthews of “Brook House”, Manor Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

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

 

He was employed at Messrs Lunt ‘Manchester warehousemen’, Old Square, Birmingham.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 26.8.1916)

 

1911 census Manor Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

John William Matthews           M         66        Grocer – employer                             b Sibford, Warks

Annie Wade Matthews            M         62        Married 36 years – 5 children             b Birmingham

Arthur Roland Matthews         U         25        Grocer’s assistant                               b Sutton Coldfield

Edwin Harold Matthews          U         21        Draper’s assistant                               b Sutton Coldfield

Lilley Rowley                           U         29        Domestic servant                                b Armitage

 

1901 census Anchorage Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

John William Matthews           M         55        Grocer- employer                               b Sibford, Warks

Annie Matthews                      M         52                                                                    b Birmingham

Charles Matthews                   U         19        Grocer’s assistant                               b Sutton Coldfield

John H Matthews                    U         18        Draper’s assistant                               b Sutton Coldfield

Howard S Matthews               U         16        Hosier’s assistant                                b Sutton Coldfield

Arthur R Matthews                              15                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Edwin H Matthews                              11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Fanny Walker                          U         20        General servant                                  b Sutton Coldfield

 

John William Matthews, Grocer of High Street Sutton Coldfield was listed in the 1913 Kelly’s Directory

 

(‘1913 Commerce’ section of www.sutton-coldfield.net/commerce.html Mike Kemble)

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Second Lieutenant Edwin Harold Matthews

1st/7th The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment

Died: Tuesday 8th August 1916

Aged: 26

 

The 55th (West Lancashire) Division containing the King’s Liverpool Battalions held the right of the Front line where it joined the French 6th Army.

 

Opposite them were Guillemont and Ginchy, which were still held by the Germans.

 

On 8 August at 4.20am one Regular and three Territorial (1st/5th, 1st/7th and 1st/8th) Battalions attacked supporting the French attack on their right.

 

Thick heavy mist mingled with the smoke and fumes of a blanket of shellfire that stopped them literally dead.

 

A few gallant parties broke through but were cut down by machine-gun fire before they could reach the German line.

 

Even so a few men reached what was left of the village of Guillemont for a while and a small section of trench (called Cochrane Alley) was captured.

 

The German reserves attacked and the remains of the British Battalions were overwhelmed, with terrible casualties.

 

Edwin Matthews is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 9A, 9B and 10 B.

 

He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield War memorial and the Roll of Honour of St Peters Church, Maney.

 

“Edwin H Matthews was born on 7 September 1889 at Church Hill Cottage, Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was the son of John William (a Grocer in the High Street, he owned five other shops in Birmingham) and Annie Wade Matthews of Brook House, Manor Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

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

 

After leaving school he became a draper at Richard Lunt & Co Ltd., Old Square, Birmingham which was a wholesale warehouse.

 

Private 14/448 Edwin Matthews enlisted in the 1st Birmingham Regiment (14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment) on 9 September 1914.

 

He was commissioned into the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) on 1 September 1915.

 

Edwin’s brother Private 15/260 Arthur Matthews was invalided out of the 15th Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1916 after suffering from rheumatism.

 

He had three other older brothers; Charles, John and Samuel.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

LESLIE HERBERT MATTHEWS

 

Leslie Herbert Matthews was born in Handsworth and lived in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/6th Battalion – Second Lieutenant 641

 

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

 

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme Plot Panel 18 and 19

 

Army Medal Roll

 

Leslie Herbert Matthews was awarded the Victory and British Medals RWR OFF/150 page 204 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 342

 

He entered France on 21 Nov 1915. He gained his commission on 30 October 1917.

 

His next of kin was listed as his father H Matthews of “The Braes”, Mulroy Road, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire

 

“Leslie Herbert Matthews was the only son of Henry Matthews of “The Braes”, Mulroy Road and the late Louisa Matthews.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 13.4.1918)

 

1911 census 42 Havelock Road, Handsworth, Staffs

 

Henry Matthews                     M         54        Goldsmith & Jeweller – employer      b Worcester

Louisa Ann Matthews              M         62        Married 27 years – 4 children             b West Bromwich

Irene Muriel Matthews            U         25                                                                    b West Bromwich

Ethel Louise Matthews            U         23        Office clerk                                         b Handsworth

Leslie Herbert Matthews         U         21        Working Goldsmith                             b Handsworth

Dorothy May Matthews          U         18        Typist                                                   b Handsworth

 

In 1901 the family lived at 42 Havelock Road in Handsworth

 

1891 census 117 Leonard Road, Handsworth

 

Henry Matthews                     M         36        Travelling Jeweller                              b Worcester

Louisa Matthews                     M         42                                                                    b West Bromwich

Irene M Matthews                                 5                                                                    b Handsworth

Ethel L Matthews                                  3                                                                    b Handsworth

Leslie H Matthews                                1                                                                    b Handsworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAROLD GRAHAM MAYO

 

Harold Graham Mayo was born at Hill, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham 1915 with the Rifle Brigade – Private S/9962 and was transferred in September 1915 to the Machine Gun Corps 61st Company – Lance Corporal 6292

 

He was killed in action on 30 November 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 23

 

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

 

Harold Mayo was a worshipper at St James Church, Hill

 

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

 

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals MGC/101 B3 page 280

 

 

Harold Mayo was the only son of Elizabeth Mayo of 13 Church Lane, Mere Green and the late Herbert Mayo

 

“Prior to enlisting he was employed as a wood working machinist for Mr Hills, a builder in Four Oaks.

 

He enlisted in the rifle brigade in April 1915 then five months later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.

 

He went to France in February 1916 and fought on the Somme.

 

He had a previous lucky escape when a bullet hit his cigarette case which doubled up.

 

He was reported missing November 30th 1917.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 12.10.1918)

 

1911 census Church Lane, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

Herbert Mayo                          M         52        Gardener domestic                             b Sparkbrook, Bham

Eliza Mayo                              M         45        Married 19 years, 2 children 1 died    b Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

Harold Graham Mayo was not found on the 1911 census

 

1901 census Church Lane, Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

Herbert Mayo                          M         41        Bricklayer’s labourer                           b Sparkhill, Bham

Eliza Mayo                              M         35                                                                    b Hill

Harold G Mayo                                     6                                                                    b Hill

 

CHARLES ROY McANDREW

 

Charles Roy McAndrew was born in Birmingham. He enlisted with the Staffordshire Yeomanry in February 1911 and then transferred to the Warwickshire Yeomanry on 28 July 1915. He served as Private and was promoted to Lance Corporal and then Second Lieutenant. His army number was 2758

 

He was killed in action on 21 September 1918 aged 26

 

He was buried at the Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Plot VI.D.16

 

Charles Roy McAndrew is commemorated on the Aston Grammar School Roll of Honour (Sylvia Williams)

 

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 WY OFF/188 page 27 and the 1915 Star Medal CY/1/B5 page 339

 

Army Service Record

 

Charles McAndrew was aged 19 years 2 months when enlisted (recalled from reserve).

 

His occupation was that of Clerk and he worked at the Metropolitan Bank, Bridge Street in Walsall – this was where his father was the Bank Manager in 1911.

 

His vision and physical development were good. He was 5 ft 9 in tall. He originally enlisted in February 1911 with the Staffordshire Yeomanry.

 

He was transferred to the Warwickshire Yeomanry on 28 July 1913. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 4 March 1915.

 

Charles Roy McAndrew was the son of Charles and Fanny Linda McAndrew of “The Mount”, Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

“He was educated at Aston Grammar School.

 

After leaving school he worked for the Metropolitan Bank.

 

He was a member of the Park Road Congregational Church.

 

Prior to the war he had been in the Staffordshire Yeomanry.

 

He was called up on 5 August 1914 for active service.

 

He spent twelve months in the UK. He then went to Egypt for a year before returning to the UK to take his commission.

 

He sailed for Palestine on 27 August 1917 and remained there until May 1918.

 

He survived a torpedo attack on HM Transport Ship ‘Leasow Castle’ on 25 May 1918 and was one of the few survivors.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 5.10.1918)

 

1911 census “The Mount”, Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Charles McAndrew                 M         50        Bank Manager Metropolitan Bank      b Birmingham

Fanny Linda McAndrew         M         49        Married 23 years- 3 children 1 died    b Birmingham

Charles Roy McAndrew         U         19        Bank Clerk Metropolitan Bank           b Birmingham

Linda May McAndrew            U         17                                                                    b Birmingham 

 

T MERCER (possibly Thomas)

 

This man has not been identified.

 

On the Sutton Coldfield United Reform Church, Roll of Honour, there is a Thomas Mercer who is listed as serving with the Kings Royal Rifles.

 

It is quite possible that this was a mistake and that the only Mercer was William Mercer – see the next entry, who did serve with the Kings Royal Rifles.

 

Extensive searches for T or Thomas Mercer who served with the Kings Royal Rifles who had links to Sutton Coldfield proved fruitless.

 

There was a Thomas Mercer who served in the Rifle Brigade – as Private S1612.

 

This man entered France on 21 July 1915.

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/102 B 14 page 1861 and the 1915 Star Medal M/26 page 340.

 

His medal index card states he was killed in action.

 

We were unable to establish where he was born and where he lived.

 

There was Thomas Mercer born in Bordesley, Birmingham who served with the 5th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment – Private 8966.

 

We were unable to establish where he was living at the time of the war and do not know if he was killed or survived.

 

There was Thomas Mercer who served in the South Staffordshire Regiment 3rd Battalion -Private 200496.

 

He lived at 16/Court 5, Ford Street Birmingham. He enlisted on 4 September 1914 in Birmingham at the age of 33.

 

It appears that he was discharged with a pension on 10 January 1919. He worked at Joseph Gillette & Son, Victoria Works in Birmingham after the war.

 

There was Thomas Daniel Mercer, son of Edward and Elizabeth, who was found on the 1911 census at 394 Marsh Lane in Erdington.

 

He was born In Sutton Coldfield but did not die until 1968.

 

There was Thomas Mercer who lived at 50 Gravelly Lane in Erdington in 1911.

 

He was married, aged 31 and worked as a barman. He was born in Birmingham.

 

This Thomas Mercer was found at 33 Lime Grove, Erdington on the 1919 and subsequent Electoral Rolls so can be eliminated as a potential soldier.

 

Finally this man, Tom Mercer, was found on the 1911 census

 

1911 census 32 Kings Road, Hay Mills, Birmingham

 

Tom Mercer                            M         28        Bread baker                                        b Wellesbourne

Sarah Alice Mercer                 M         30        Married 4 years 2 children- 1 died      b Birmingham

Florence Winifred                               11 months                                                       b Sutton Coldfield

Mary Wall                                W         63        Mother in law                                      b Northants

 

His link to Sutton Coldfield was the fact that his daughter Florence was born there in about 1910.

 

It is not clear if this Tom Mercer died during the Great War.

WILLIAM MERCER

 

William John Mercer was born in London. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Kings Royal Rifles 9th Battalion – Rifleman A/1970

 

He was killed in action on 16 July 1915 (France & Flanders)

 

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/101/B3 page 387 and the 1915 Star Medal M/JB page 76

 

No further military records were found for him online.

 

“William Mercer was the son of William and Ada Mercer of 14 Newhall Street, Sutton Coldfield.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 24.7.1915)

 

William Mercer enlisted in the Kings Royal Rifles with Thomas Harold Stonehouse – see his entry.

 

1911 census 14 Newhall Street, Sutton Coldfield

 

William Mercer                        M         34        Bricklayer’s labourer                           b Sutton Coldfield

Ada Mercer                             M         34        Laundry and Ironing                            b London

Ellen Elizabeth Mercer                        15                                                                    b London

William John Mercer                           17                                                                    b London

Violet Mercer                                                  10                                                                    b London

Frederick Arthur Mercer                       6                                                                    b London

 

The couple had been married for 18 years. They had 7 children, three of whom had died.

 

1901 census 89 Albert Road, Willesden, Middlesex

 

William Mercer                        M         25        Bricklayer’s labourer                           b Sutton Coldfield

Ada Mercer                             M         24                                                                    b Notting Hill

William Mercer                                      7                                                                    b Kilburn

Nellie Mercer                                        5                                                                    b Kilburn

Ernest Read                                          8        Visitor                                                  b Kilburn

 

Baptisms

 

William John Mercer was baptised on 9 January 1895 at St Augustine, Paddington in London.

 

His parents were William John and Ada Mercer of 89 Albert Road. William was a labourer

 

Also on the same day was a baptism for Arthur Mercer to William and Ellen Mercer of 89 Albert Road, Willesden.

 

1891 census 89 Albert Road, Willesden, Middlesex

 

William Mercer                        M         41        Bricklayer’s labourer                           b Atherstone

Ellen Mercer                           M         40                                                                    b Burton on Trent

Mary Mercer                           U         20                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Joseph Mercer                        U         18                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

William Mercer                                    14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Robert Mercer                                                12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ellen Mercer                                         8                                                                    b Kilburn

 

 

1881 census 2 Rupert Road, Willesden, Middlesex

 

William Mercer                        M         30        Labourer                                              b Burton on Trent

Ellen Mercer                           M         31                                                                    b Burton on Trent

Mary E Mercer                                   10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Joseph H Mercer                                  8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

William J Mercer                                   4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Robert Mercer                                                  2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

1871 census Curdworth, Minworth Village

 

William Mercer                        M         23        Labourer                                              b Atherstone

Ellen Mercer                           M         22                                                                    b Burton on Trent

 

ROBERT MERRY

 

Robert Merry was born in Hanley, Stoke on Trent. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/6th Battalion – Private 242331 (Territorial)

 

He was killed in action on 27 August 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 36

 

“On the day the temperature was 57 degrees F with cloud cover and rainfall of 15.3mm.” (PDD)

 

He has no known grave and was commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Flanders

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B23 PJ page 4836

 

Robert Merry was the son of William and Grace Merry of Stoke on Trent and the husband of Kate Elizabeth Merry.

 

The marriage of Robert Merry and Kate Elizabeth Goodenough was registered March 1907 Aston 6d 522

 

“Robert Merry was married and lived at 48 Lower Queen Street, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was an employee of Sutton Coldfield Corporation.

 

He was a Member of the Church of England Brotherhood.

 

He was wounded in leg and was at Dudley Road Hospital for a time.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 25.11.1916)

 

“In loving memory of my dear husband Private R Merry, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, killed in action 27.8.17.

 

Also his mother and mother in law, sisters and sisters in law and brothers in law”

 

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 13.9.1919)

 

1911 census 48 Lower Queen Street, Sutton Coldfield

 

Robert Merry                                      M         29        Coal Porter                                          b Stoke, Hanley

Kate E Merry                          M         26        Charwoman                                        b Birmingham

 

The couple had been married for four years. They had one child who had died.

 

1891 census 29 Avery Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

 

William Merry                          M         45        Milk seller                                            b Hanley

Grace Merry                           M         44                                                                    b Hanley

Annie Merry                            U         18        Potter’s stilt maker                              b Hanley

Mary E Merry                                                 16        Potter’s paper printer maker               b Hanley

Minnie Merry                                       14                                                                    b Hanley

William T Merry                                  12                                                                    b Hanley

Robert Merry                                        9                                                                    b Hanley

 

ARTHUR BERNARD MILLER

 

Arthur Miller was the brother of Frederick Miller – see next entry

 

Arthur Bernard Miller was born in Ashted, Aston. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 15th Battalion – Private 258

 

He died at the Cambridge Military Hospital on 15 May 1916, from wounds received in France on 30 April 1916

 

He was buried at Erdington Abbey (Not a CWWC gravestone) Plot A1 (Roman Catholic Abbey)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B23 page 4860 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 345

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915 and died of wounds.

 

Arthur Bernard Miller was the son of Laurence and Annie Miller of Erdington.

 

“He lived at Ashted when he joined the army.

 

His parents resided at “Stoneleigh”, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was educated at Highgate College, London.

 

He was employed as a traveller for his father’s firm, L Miller, Coal Merchants of Curzon Street Wharf, Birmingham.

 

He was sent to the front during the autumn of 1915.

 

He was attached to the machine gun section.

 

On the night of 29th/30th April he was on sentry duty when an artillery bombardment took place.

 

Taking cover in a dugout, a shell caused a timber frame to fall on his helmet resulting in a fractured skull, broken collar bone and two broken ribs.

 

He was taken to a base hospital then to the Canadian Hospital.

 

He was finally sent to the Cambridge Military Hospital where he died.

 

The cause of death was subdural haemorrhage and fractured skull.

 

He was given a full military funeral.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 27.5.1916)

 

1911 census “Stoneleigh”, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Lawrence Miller                      M         59        Coal merchant – employer                 b Birmingham

Annie Miller                             M         59        Married 28 years, 9 children 2 died    b Wolverhampton

Arthur Miller                            U         25        Traveller - Coal merchant                   b Birmingham

Marion Miller                           U         22                                                                    b Birmingham

Walter Miller                            U         20        Assists in business                              b Birmingham

Raymond Miller                      U         18        Assists in business                              b Birmingham

Agnes Dunn                            U         22        General servant                                  b Wolverhampton

 

 

 

1891 census High Street, Erdington

 

Laurence Miller                       M         39        Coal merchant                                    b Birmingham

Annie Miller                             M         39                                                                    b Wolverhampton

Arthur Miller                                          5        Scholar                                                b Birmingham

Frederick Miller                                     4                                                                    b Birmingham

Marion Miller                                         2                                                                    b Erdington

Wilfred Miller                                         1 month old                                                   b Erdington

 

Probate

 

Arthur Bernard Miller of “Stoneleigh”, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield Private 15th Royal Warwickshire Regiment died on 15 May 1916 at the Military Hospital Cambridge.

 

Administration was granted at Birmingham on 12 July 1916 to Lawrence Miller coal merchant

 

Effects: £289

 

FREDERICK GEORGE MILLER

 

Frederick George Miller was the brother of Arthur Bernard Miller.

 

Frederick George Miller was born in Birmingham in 1887. He appears to have served with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse during the Great War according to his probate record.

 

He died on 1 April 1918 in France.

 

It is not known if he was buried in France or if he is commemorated on a memorial.

 

His army medal index card and service records were not found online.

 

“He resided at “Stoneleigh”’, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield.” (WML)

 

Probate

 

Frederick George Miller of “Stoneleigh”, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, Corporal with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse died 1 April 1918 in France. Administration with Will in London was granted on 25 January 1919 to Marion Miller, spinster. Effects: £176.6s

 

Frederick George Miller was the son of Lawrence and Annie Miller.

 

There was one entry on the 1911 census that might have been Frederick George Miller.

 

At “The Badminton Club”, 100 Piccadilly, London resided Frederick George Miller aged 23. He was a Solicitor’s Clerk. It is not clear where he was born.

 

There were many ‘residents’ living at the club and men would use it as lodgings.

 

He was not found on the 1901 1911 census.

 

1911 census “Stoneleigh”, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Lawrence Miller                      M         59        Coal merchant – employer                 b Birmingham

Annie Miller                             M         59        Married 28 years, 9 children 2 died    b Wolverhampton

Arthur Miller                            U         25        Traveller - Coal merchant                   b Birmingham

Marion Miller                           U         22                                                                    b Birmingham

Walter Miller                            U         20        Assists in business                              b Birmingham

Raymond Miller                      U         18        Assists in business                              b Birmingham

Agnes Dunn                            U         22        General servant                                  b Wolverhampton

 

1891 census High Street, Erdington

 

Laurence Miller                       M         39        Coal merchant                                    b Birmingham

Annie Miller                             M         39                                                                    b Wolverhampton

Arthur Miller                                          5        Scholar                                                b Birmingham

Frederick Miller                                     4                                                                    b Birmingham

Marion Miller                                         2                                                                    b Erdington

Wilfred Miller                                         1 month old                                                   b Erdington

 

Lord Strathcona’s Horse

 

This Canadian Regiment had served in the Boer War and returned to London in 1909 and was disbanded. At the start of WW1 it was again mobilised and began training in Britain in 1915.

 

The regiment served during the Battle of the Somme as the Imperial Service Regiment, Canadian Cavalry Brigade attached to the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division. In November 1916 they were amalgamated into the British 4th Army and were sent to the Somme in 1917.

 

On 31 March 1918 they took part in the ‘last great cavalry charge’ during the Battle of Moreuil Wood. They lost many men that day so it can be assumed that Frederick took part in this battle.

 

HORACE BROOKS MILLNER

 

Horace Millner was born in Birmingham. He enlisted at Aston with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/8th Battalion – Private 2184

 

He was killed in action on 18 August 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 22

 

“The 1/8th Battalion - attached to the 48th Division - were involved in an attack in the High Wood/ Delville Wood area but no specific mention of the 1/8th Battalion was made in the day records.

 

On the day, the temperature was 70 F and it was overcast with 1mm of rain.” (SDSD)

 

He was buried at the Pont- Du- Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France, Plot II.A.2

 

Horace Brooks Millner is commemorated on the St Michaels Church, Boldmere, Roll of Honour (Graham Jennings)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B23 page 4893

 

Horace Brooks Millner was the son of Thomas Henry Millner and the late Adeline Sarah Millner.

 

The family lived at “Rose Cottage”, Court Lane, New Oscott.

 

“According to his Commanding Officer he was shot in the head by a stray bullet.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 16.9.1916)

 

1911 census “Rose Cottage”, New Oscott, Sutton Coldfield

 

Thomas H Millner                   M         41        Fender Fitter - Iron                              b Birmingham

Annie Eleanor Millner              M         23        Married 4 years- 2 children                 b Birmingham

Clifford Millner                        U         18        Brass worker                                       b Birmingham

Horace Millner                        U         17        Brass Dresser                                     b Birmingham

Thomas Millner                                     7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Howard Millner                                      2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Noel Millner                                         13                                                                    b Birmingham

Pollie Millner                                        12                                                                    b Matlock

May Millner                                           9                                                                    b Birmingham

 

The family was not found on the 1901 or 1891 census.

 

It is not known when Adeline died or when Thomas Married Annie Eleanor.

 

 

 

 

 

ERNEST REGINALD MILLWARD

 

Ernest Reginald Millward was the brother of Henry Charles Millward – see next entry

 

Ernest Reginald Millward was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 20211 in July 1916 and was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps - Corporal 57482

 

He was killed in action on 30 August 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 23

 

He was buried at the St Martin Calvaire British Cemetery, St Martin-Sur- Cojeul, Plot II.B.11

 

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

 

Army Records

 

These were not found online using both regiments and numbers

 

Ernest Reginald Millward was the son of Mr Charles and Susannah Millward of “Maryville”, Elms Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

“He was educated at Town School. Prior to enlisting he worked at Messrs Knight & Keeley, Electricians, New Street Birmingham.

 

He enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in July 1916 but transferred to Machine Gun Corps before going to France.

 

According to a letter from his officer he was shot through the head by a sniper.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 21.9.1918)

 

1911 census 6 Church Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

Charles Millward                     M         57        Gardener domestic                             b Bromsgrove

Susannah Maria Millward       M         52        Married 30 years - 9 children 1 died) b Camphill, Bham

Norman Leonard Millward      M         23        Under Club Steward                           b Sutton Coldfield

Bertie Herbert Millward           M         20        Golf professional                                 b Sutton Coldfield       Maud Ethel Millward                         U         18                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ernest Reginald Millward                    15         Gardener domestic                            b Sutton Coldfield

George Sydney Millward                    13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Norman Eric Millward                           2 ½ months old         Grandson                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

Bertie Herbert Millward had been married for 3 ½ years.

 

He had 2 children but one had died. It is not known who his wife was or where she was living. 

 

1901 census 7 Church Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

Charles A Millward                  M         40        Head Gardener                                   b Bromsgrove

Susana Millward                     M         41                                                                    b Birmingham

Frank A Millward                     U         20        Gardener                                             b Blackheath, Staffs

Fredk W Millward                    U         18        Postman                                              b Kings Heath, Worcs

Henry C Millward                                15        Groom                                                 b Balsall Heath, Worcs

Norman L Millward                              13        Green Grocer’s errand boy                b Sutton Coldfield

Bertie H Millward                                10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Maud E Millward                                   8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ernest R Millward                                 5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Sidney Millward                                    1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

 

 

 

HENRY CHARLES MILLWARD

 

Henry Charles Millward was the brother of Ernest Reginald Millward – see previous entry

 

Henry Charles Millward was born in Balsall Heath. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Worcestershire Regiment – Private 32619 and was transferred to the Hampshire Regiment 14th Battalion – Private 380367

 

He was killed in action on 17 October 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 30

 

He was buried at the Hooge Crater Cemetery Zillebeke, Ypres, Plot VIII.J.14 

 

“On the day he died the temperature was 56 F and was clear with rainfall of 7.1mm.” (PDD)

 

Henry Charles Millward 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 C/1/103 B19 page 1883

 

Henry Charles Millward was the son of Charles and Susannah Millward of “Maryville”, Elms Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was the husband of Rose Scholey (formerly Millward) of Netherhill, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

The marriage of Henry Charles Millward has not been found.

 

“Henry Millward resided at Coleshill Street.

 

He was married with a son aged 8.

 

Before enlisting he was employed as a gardener for Mr H. Cant of Maney.

 

He was called up early in 1916 and was sent to the front in April 1917.

 

One of his letters home said that he had been slightly gassed and after treatment in hospital was on light duties.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 22.12.1917)

 

1911 census Coleshill St, Sutton Coldfield

 

Henry Charles Millward          M         25        Under domestic gardener                   b Balsall Heath

Rose Millward                         M         24        Married 3 years – 1 child                    b Brownhills 

Bernard Charles Millward                     1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census 7 Church Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

Charles A Millward                  M         40        Head Gardener                                   b Bromsgrove

Susana Millward                     M         41                                                                    b Birmingham

Frank A Millward                     U         20        Gardener                                             b Blackheath, Staffs

Fredk W Millward                    U         18        Postman                                              b Kings Heath, Worcs

Henry C Millward                                15        Groom                                                 b Balsall Heath, Worcs

Norman L Millward                              13        Green Grocer’s errand boy                b Sutton Coldfield

Bertie H Millward                                10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Maud E Millward                                   8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ernest R Millward                                 5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Sidney Millward                                    1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

 

VINCENT HAROLD MORGAN

 

Vincent Harold Morgan was born at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire. He enlisted at Stonehouse at the start of the war with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 16th Battalion– Private 408

 

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

 

“He died during the Battle of Guillemont (Somme).” (SDBD)

 

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

 

Vincent H Morgan is commemorated on the YMCA Sutton Coldfield Roll of Honour (John Day, YMCA)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B23 page 4972 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 356

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915.

 

Vincent Harold Morgan was the only son of George and Matilda Morgan

 

“Vincent Harold Morgan resided at 13 Tudor Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Private Vincent Harold Morgan, whose death in action on 3 September we announced last week.

 

Private Morgan was the only son of Mr and Mrs G Morgan of “Ivydene”, Tudor Road and was 22 years of age.

 

He was one of the first to join the City Battalions and before the war he was a clerk in the offices of Elsby Cable Co, Livery Street in Birmingham.

 

He was a member of the YMCA and was associated with the Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church where a brief mention of the sad occurrence was made in prayers on Sunday last.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 7.10.1916)

 

The family had also lived at “Ellesmere”, Green Lanes, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.

 

1911 census 200 Frederick Road, Aston

 

George Morgan                      M         51        Asst Supd Prudential Assurance Co   b Wellington, Salop

Matilda Louise Morgan           M         49        Married 28 years, 4 children 1 died    b Yarpole, Hereford

Emily Jane Helen Morgan      U         22                                                                    b Stonehouse, Gloucs

Matilda Ethel Maud Morgan   U         20        Commercial clerk for drapery                        b Stonehouse

Vincent Harold Morgan                       16        Engineer at warehouse                       b Stonehouse

 

JOHN FLETCHER MOORE

 

John Fletcher Moore was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with either the Gloucestershire or Warwickshire Regiment in February 1917 and was attached to the Somerset Light Infantry 1st Battalion in September 1917– Private 28211

 

He died of wounds on 6 October 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 19

 

He sustained his wounds during the Battle of Brondscinde.

 

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

 

He was buried at the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Ypres, Plot V.G.8

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals C/2/102 B13 Page 1530

 

John Fletcher Moore is commemorated on the Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Roll of Honour (David Phillips)

 

John Fletcher Moore was the son of Edwin and Eliza May Moore of “Wyvern Grange”, Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census “Wyvern Grange”, Barker Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Henry Butler                            M         69        Ret. Merchant, Saddlery & Hardware            b Walsall

Sarah Butler                            M         67        Married 48 years, 7 children               b Netherton, Worcs

Eliza May Moore                     W         41        1 child alive                                         b Walsall

John Fletcher Moore                          12        Grandson                                            b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census Barker Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Edwin Moore                           M         34        Brewer                                                b Aston

Eliza M Moore                         M         30                                                                    b Coventry

John F.L. Moore                                    2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield 

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Private 28211 John Fletcher Moore

1st Somerset Light Infantry Regiment

Died: Saturday 6th October 1917

Aged: 19

 

The 1st Somerset Light Infantry and 1st Hampshire Regiment (11th Brigade, 4th Division) attacked alongside the 10th Brigade (that had contained Private Cavit in the 1st Royal Warwicks), north of the Langemarck-Poelcapelle Road, on 5 October.

 

They assaulted Kangaroo Trench at 6.00am and reached the road with little trouble. Germans sheltering in rocks and fire from Lemnos House held up the attack until they were dealt with.

 

The Somerset’s and East Lancs out-flanked Ferdan House and were only metres short of their objectives, when they were racked by machine-gun fire from a point near 19 Metre Hill.

 

Private Moore was wounded and taken back to the 47th Casualty Clearing Station used called Dozinghem) by the 4th Division.

 

Here he died of wounds, the next day.

 

John Moore is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Westvleteren, Plot, Row G, Grave 8

 

The grave is inscribed ‘Thy will be done’.

 

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

 

John Fletcher Moore

 

“John Fletcher Moore was born on 5 August 1898.

 

He was the son of Edwin (a Brewer) and Eliza May Moore (the daughter of the late Henry Butler, brewer) of Wyvern Grange, Barker Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

John attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1910 and 1914.

 

He enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment at the beginning of February 1917 and was attached to the Somerset Light Infantry Regiment in September 1917.

 

It is not clear if he joined the Gloucestershire Regiment or the Warwickshire Regiment in the first instance.

 

He was about to train for a commission at the time of his death.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

 

 

WILFRED ENGLEBERT MOORE

 

Wilfred Englebert Moore was born in Sunderland. He enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment 1/5th Battalion – Captain

 

He died of wounds on 11 March 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 35 probably at a casualty clearing station

 

He was buried at the St Ouen Communal Cemetery, France, Plot C.8

 

St Ouen is a village and commune in the Dept. of the Somme with a railway station on the branch line from Longpre to Doullens.  The 3rd Casualty Clearing Station was posted here in April/May 1916 and the 39th Casualty Clearing Station from May to July 1916.

 

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

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/157 page 30 and the 1915 Star Medal OFF/157 page 7

 

He entered France on 2 March 1915. It is not stated when he enlisted and his service records were not found.

 

Wilfred Englebert Moore was the son of Joseph and Sarah Moore of “The Sycamores”, Sutton Coldfield

 

“Captain Wilfred Englebert, 1/5th Battalion Staffs Regiment, died of wounds on 11 March 1916.

 

He was aged 35 and was the son of Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth Moore of Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was a native of Sunderland and had lived in Sutton Coldfield for twelve years.

 

He worked for the family firm, Messrs Cole and Moore, Trunk Manufacturers of Saltley.

 

He was due to be married to Miss McKewan of Digby Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He obtained his commission in 1907 with the South Staffordshire Regiment (Territorial Reserves).

 

He was promoted to Captain in April 1914 and was sent to the front in France on 2 March 1915.

 

He was accidentally killed by a bomb exploding in a man’s hands, which killed or wounded 4 officers and 9 men. He was wounded in the chest which caused an abscess to form in his lung. This led to bronchial pneumonia.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News March 1915)

 

1911 census “The Sycamores”, Sutton Coldfield

 

Joseph Moore                         M         66        Private Means                                     b Sunderland

Sarah Elizabeth Moore           M         64        Married 34 years, 5 children 1 died    b London

Wilfred Englebert Moore         U         30        Metal Track Manufacturer                  b Sunderland

Ella Mary Moore                     U         26                                                                    b Sunderland

Ann Hunter                              W         55        Guest- Private means                         b Sunderland

 

In 1881 the family lived at 6 Claremont Terrace in Sunderland. Joseph Moore was a draper/ employer and in 1891 the family lived at High Street, Barton on Humber where Joseph ran a Grocery shop.

 

Probate

 

Captain Wilfred Englebert Moore of “The Sycamores”, Sutton Coldfield died 11 March 1916 in France/Belgium

 

Administration was granted in Birmingham on 30 May 1916 to William Raymond Moore, gentleman (his brother who was born in 1887)

 

Effects: £2,052.14.5d.

 

HARRY MORRELL

 

Harry Morrell was born at Canwell, Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st Battalion- Private 8950

 

He was killed in action on 12 October 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 20

 

“At 2.05 pm the 1st Battalion RWR advanced nearly 500 yards and dug in south of Hazy Trench about 1000 yards east of Lesboeufs. In the evening an enemy counter was repelled.

 

The new trench was called Antelope Trench. The temperature was 61 F and it was dull but dry.” (SDBD)

 

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

 

Harry Morrell worshipped at St James Church, Hill. He is commemorated on their Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose, St James Church)

 

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L.104B23 page 4979 and the 1915 Star Medal L/IB 357

 

He entered the Balkans on 13 July 1915 and then served in France.

 

 

Harry Morrell was the son of Henry and Catherine Morrell of “The Post Office”, Canwell

 

1911 census “Post Office”, Canwell, Sutton Coldfield

 

Henry Morrell                          M         52        Milk Deliverer                                      b Draycott, Derby

Catherine Morrell                    M         52        Married 26 years – 5 children             b Worthan, Shropshire

Nellie Morrell                           U         24        Post Mistress                                      b Hopwas, Tamworth

Bessie Morrell                                     16        Post Office Assistant                          b Weeford

Harry Morrell                                       15        Assistant Gardener                             b Weeford

Margarate Morrell                               14        School                                                 b Weeford

 

 

PERCY JOHN MORRIS

 

Percy John Morris was born in Aston. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 15th Battalion – Lance Corporal 256

 

He was killed in action on 4 June 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 22

 

He was buried at the Faubourg D-Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Plot I.D.4

 

 

 

(Photograph from findagrave website)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/ 104 B24 page 4994 and the 1915 Star Medal

Star L/IB page 357

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915

 

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

 

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

 

Percy John Morris was the son of Vincent H Morris of “The Oaks”, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

“He was educated at King Edwards School, Aston.

 

After school he joined the staff of Goodwin & Co (Export Merchants), Lionel Street in Birmingham.

 

His superior officer said of him that he was a most energetic N.C.O especially at sniping. He was a wonderful shot.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 1.7.1916)

 

1911 “The Oaks”, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

Vincent Henry Morris              M         50        Colliery Agent                                      b Kingswinford

Emily Gertrude Morris                        M         52        Married 28 years, 6 children, all alive b Birmingham 

Harold Vincent Morris             U         26        Jewellery Factory Hand                     b Aston Manor

Sydney Solomon Morris         U         25        Electrician                                           b Aston Manor

Alfred Victor Morris                 U         23        Litho Designer                                     b Aston Manor

Caroline Emily May Morris     U         21                                                                    b Handsworth

Percy John Morris                              17        Foreign Merchant (export)                  b Aston Manor

Dorothy Gertrude Morris                    13        School                                                 b Aston Manor 

ALFRED MUTLOW

 

Alfred Mutlow was born in Knowle, Warwickshire. He enlisted at Burton on Trent with the North Staffordshire Regiment 1/6th Battalion – Private 241299

 

He was killed in action 1 July 1916 (France & Flanders)

 

“He was killed during an attack on Gommecourt on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.” (FDOS)

 

“The 1/6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment attacked to the north of Gommecourt at 7.20am.

 

A smoke screen was released but at first it was so thick that many men lost their way.

 

Moreover, no man’s land was cut up and muddy and the wire was intact or repaired.

 

They were met at the wire by hand grenades and fierce rifle fire. A few managed to reach the German front-line trench but were soon driven out.

 

Behind them the second and third waves were caught in a fierce barrage and machine gun cross-fire.” (SDBD)

 

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

 

Alfred Mutlow 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 F/104 B21 page 2569

 

Alfred Mutlow was the son of Mrs Julia Mutlow of 1 Yew Tree Road (off Sheffield Road) and George Mutlow

 

1911 census 15/185 Park Lane, Aston

 

Margaret Sweeny                   U         40        Button sorter                                       b Birmingham

Beatrice Gosling                                 15        Press worker                                       b Birmingham

George Mutlow                       M         37        Gardener                                             b Birmingham

Julia Mutlow                            M         37        Sister 13 years 4 children 1 died        b Birmingham

Eric Mutlow                                           9        Nephew                                               b Birth not stated

Alfred Mutlow                                      15        Nephew                                               b Birth not stated

 

The family were not found on the 1901 or 1891 censuses.

 

It is not known if George Mutlow had died by 1916 but his death registration was not found.

 

 

Alfred Mutlow was the great uncle of Suzanne Lord (Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project)

 

EDWIN JOHN NICHOLLS

 

Edwin John Nicholls was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Coldstream Guards 2nd Battalion – Private 17207

 

He was killed in action on 30 November 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 25

 

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

 

 

 

Cambrai War Memorial

 

Edwin John Nicholls is also commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals CG/101/B9 page 697

 

 

Edwin John Nicholls was the son of the late Charles and Sarah Nicholls

 

 

1911 census Blackberry Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

Charles Nicholls                      M         65        Market Gardener                                b Four Oaks

George Henry Nicholls           M         27        Cripple from age of 15 months           b Sutton Coldfield

Edwin John Nicholls               U         18        Jobbing Gardener                               b Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census Cottage Hospital, Sutton Coldfield

 

Sarah Nicholls                         M         59        Patient                                                 b Aldridge

 

Sarah Nicholls had been married for 41 years. She had 9 children – 3 had died

 

1901 census 3 Blackberry Lane, Staffs (Warwickshire/Staffordshire boundary, now Four Oaks)

 

Charles Nicholls                      M         56        General Labourer on Farm                 b Sutton Coldfield

Sarah Nicholls                         M         49        Laundress                                           b Aldridge

Bertha Nicholls                        U         20                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

George Nicholls                                  17                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Louie Nicholls                                      14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Nicholls                                     12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

John Nicholls                                        8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

FREDERICK WILLIAM NODEN

 

Frederick William Noden was born in 1899 in Aston and lived in Erdington. He enlisted in Birmingham at the start of the war with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion - Lance Corporal 456

 

He was killed in action on 23 July 1916 aged 27 (France & Flanders).

 

He was buried at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, Plot XV G.18

 

Frederick William Noden 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 B24 page 5164 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 371

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915

 

Frederick Noden was the son of William and Ann Noden of Erdington

 

“Frederick William Noden was a member of the Erdington Conservative Club and also a member of the Erdington Operatic Society.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 19 August 1916)

 

1911 census “The Laurels”, Sutton Road, Erdington Birmingham

 

William Noden                         M         59        Railway clerk                                      b Pool, Cheshire

Ann Noden                              M         66        Married 34 years with 3 children        b Birmingham

Elfreda Noden                         U         31        Music Teacher                                    b Birmingham

Harry Noden                           U         29        Solicitors clerk                                                b Birmingham

Frederick William Noden        U         23        Insp. Factories Birmingham Council  b Birmingham

 

The family have not been found on the 1901 census

 

1891 census 55 (unreadable) Lake Road, Erdington Birmingham

 

William Noden                         M         39        Railway clerk                                      b Cheshire

Ann Noden                              M         46                                                                    b Birmingham

Elfreda Noden                                     11                                                                    b Birmingham

Harry Noden                                         9                                                                    b Birmingham

Frederick William Noden                      3                                                                    b Birmingham

George H Briscoe                   U         17        Cousin – railway clerk                                    b Cheshire

Emily Webber                                     14        Domestic servant                                b Northampton

 

Probate

 

The Will of Frederick William Noden who died on 22 or 23 July 1917 of “The Laurels”, Sutton Road, Erdington, killed in action, was proved at Birmingham on 20 January 1917. He was a Lance Corporal with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

 

Administration was granted to William Noden, retired railway clerk. Effects £233.5s.9d

 

The Will of Ann Noden of “The Laurels”, Sutton Road, Erdington, wife of William Noden, who died on 27 June 1917, was proved at Birmingham on 31 August 1917.

 

Administration to William Noden retired railway clerk. Effects £133.14s.8d

 

 

OWEN OLIVER

 

Oliver Owen was born in Aston. He enlisted at Warwick with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st Battalion – Private 20306

 

He died of wounds on 27 December 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 41

 

He probably died in hospital as Rouen was a major hospital centre (CWWG Cemetery History)

 

He was buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Plot O.IV.A.6

 

Owen Oliver worshipped at St James Church, Hill and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose, St James Church)

 

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B25 page 5220

 

Owen Oliver was the son of the late Thomas and Mary Agnes Oliver of Birmingham and the husband of Helen Oliver of Hill Village Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

 

 

The marriage of Owen Oliver and Helen Keatley was registered December 1903 Aston 6d 693

 

“He resided at Hill Village Road and was married with one daughter.

 

He was employed by the Britannic Assurance Co.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 6.1.1917)

 

1911 census Hill Village Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

Owen Oliver                            M         34        Insurance agent                                  b Aston

Helen Oliver                            M         30        Married 8 years – 1 child                    b Sutton Coldfield

Elsie Oliver                                            7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census 202 Lozells Road, Aston

 

Mary A Oliver                          W         48        Confectionery (bakery)                      b Malta, British Subject

Owen Oliver                            U         25        Insurance agent                                  b Birmingham

Marion Oliver                          U         22        Confectionery assistant                      b Handsworth

Hannah Weobley                    U         44        House keeper                                     b Birmingham

 

WILLIAM ERNEST OLDNALL

 

William Ernest Oldnall was born in Handsworth. He enlisted with the Royal Engineers – Sapper 346699

 

He died on 17 November 1918 at the Military Hospital, Fort Pitt, Chatham in Kent

 

He was buried at St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Plot 601

 

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

 

 

Army Medal Roll and Army Service Records

 

These have not yet been found online. Various spellings were searched as well as using William and Ernest.

 

 

William Ernest Oldnall was the son of Ernest and Emily Oldnall.

 

He was the husband of Daisy Oldnall

 

The marriage of Ernest W Oldnall and Daisy M. V. Grice was registered January 1914 Tamworth

 

William Oldnall resided at Old Park Farm, New Oscott in 1918 (Electoral Roll)

 

1911 census Old Park Farm, New Oscott

 

Ernest Oldnall                         M         45        Farmer                                                b Chaddesley Corbett

Emily Oldnall                           M         48        Married 20 years, 4 children 1 died    b Alveley, Shropshire

Dora Elsie Oldnall                   U         19        Dressmaker                                        b Handsworth

William Ernest Oldnall             U         18        Farmer’s son working on farm           b Handsworth

Percy George Oldnall                         16        Farmer’s son working on farm           b Handsworth

 

Probate

 

William Ernest Oldnall of Park Farm, New Oscott, Warwickshire, farmer, a Sapper in the Royal Engineers died 17 November 1918 at the Military Hospital at Fort Pitt, Chatham.

 

Administration was granted at Birmingham on 20 February 1919 to Daisy Mercy Victoria Oldnall, widow

 

Effects: £775.

 

WILLIAM LESLIE ONIONS

 

William Leslie Onions was born in Aston. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion – Private 816

 

He was killed in action on 23 July 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 22 during the Battle of the Somme

 

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

 

William Leslie Onions worshipped at St James Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour

 

(Tina Ambrose St James Church)

 

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B25 page 5228 and the 1915 Star Medal L/1B page 375

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915

 

William Leslie Onions was the son of William John and Evelyn Onions of “Hillside”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

“He was educated at King Edwards School, Birmingham.

 

On leaving school he was articled to Messrs Sharp, Parsons & Co, Chartered Accountants, 120 Colmore Row in Birmingham.

 

He was the Captain of the Sutton Coldfield Hockey Club second team.

 

He joined the City Battalion on its formation at the start of the war. He was reported missing on 23 July 1916 and he was confirmed killed in December 1916.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 30.12.1916)

 

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

 

William John Onions               M         47        Commercial traveller in flour              b Birmingham

Evelyn Alice Onions                M         40        Married 18 years, 3 children               b Wakefield, Yorks

William Leslie Onions              U         17        Chartered accountant’s articled clerk b Aston

Raymond Harry Onions                       7                                                                    b Erdington

John Onions                            W         73        Father – Traveller in metal                  b Birmingham

Fanny Alice Smith                   W         70        Mother in law Private means              b Great Ponton, Lincs

Bertha Smith                           U         31        Sister in law Confectioners assistant  b Wakefield

 

1901 census 15 Oxford Road, Erdington

 

William J Onions                     M         37        Flour miller’s traveller                         b Birmingham

Evelyn A Onions                     M         30                                                                    b Wakefield

William L Onions                                   7                                                                    b Aston

Ethel Onions                                         5                                                                    b Erdington

John Onions                            W         63        Father Traveller metal manufacturer  b Birmingham

Fanny A Smith                        W         60        Mother in law                                      b Great Ponton, Lincs

 

More about the Battle of Pozieres Ridge, Somme

 

“Men killed in this battle included William Leslie Onions, Edward Brown, Frederick Noden and Percy Perry.

 

They all served with the 14th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

 

23 July 1916

 

As a preliminary to the attack on the switch line east of High Wood, Wood Lane had to be taken.

 

The 14th RWR and the 1st Royal West Kent’s made considerable ground before the barrage had lifted at 10.00 pm.

 

They were however spotted by the light of German flares while they were crossing the crest of the ridge and caught machine gun fire in enfilade from the eastern corner of High Wood, where a strongpoint defied the assaults of a platoon of the 1/4th Gordon’s.

 

Further fire from Wood Trench brought the attack to a standstill.

 

The 2nd KOSB and the 15th RWR were sent to reinforce the attack and another attempt was made at 1.30 am with the same result.

 

By dawn all were back in their old positions, having lost more than a thousand men.

 

The temperature was 68 F and it was overcast.”

 

(SDBD)

 

THOMAS STARR OWEN

 

Thomas Starr Owen was born in Walsall. He enlisted in Rugby on 27 August 1914 with the 4th South Midland Howitzer Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery – Gunner 84012. He was attached to the 1/5th Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 19 February 1916 then became a Gunner Officer in the Tank Corps on 31 October 1917.

 

He was commissioned with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 25 June 1918 – Second Lieutenant

 

Thomas Starr Owen was killed in action on 8 October 1918 (France & Flanders)

 

He is buried at the Moulin – de- Pierre British Cemetery, France, Row B, Grave 22

 

He was buried alongside another 48 soldiers who had served with Welsh Regiments

 

Thomas Starr Owen is commemorated on his brother, Harold’s gravestone at Haslar Naval Cemetery, Gosport.

 

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

 

Thomas Starr Owen attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour (David Phillips)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/43 page 192 and the 1915 Star Medal RFA/31 ABTF page 4025

 

He entered France on 30 March 1915 and was commissioned to the Tank Corps on 25 October 1918

 

Thomas Starr Owen was the son of Harry and the late Ellen Owen of “Beaconsfield”, Walsall.

 

1911 census 63 Albert Street, Rugby

 

Thomas Starr Owen               U         27        Bank Clerk                                          b Walsall

 

1911 census Leckhampton Road, Cheltenham

 

Harry Starr Owen                   M         56        Retired farmer                                                b Dudley

Helen Kate Owen                   M         43        Married 20 years – 1 child                  b Walsall

 

1901 census Droitwich Road, North Claines, Worcestershire

 

Harry Starr Owen                   M         46        Farmer                                                            b Dudley

Helen Kate Owen                   M         33                                                                    b Walsall

John Starr Owen                    U         18        Student                                                b Walsall

Harold William Owen                            8                                                                    b Walsall

Anne Roper                             U         26        Domestic servant                                b Tipton

 

Thomas Starr Owen was not found on the 1901 census.

 

1891 census 13 Digbeth, Birmingham

 

Harry Starr Owen                   W         36        Tobacconist                                         b Dudley

John Starr Owen                                  8                                                                    b Walsall

Thomas Starr Owen                             7                                                                    b Walsall

Mary E Phillips                        U         34        Housekeeper                                      b Walsall

Annie Taylor                            U         23        General servant                                  b Walsall

 

 

 

Harold William Starr Owen

 

In 1911, Harold William Starr Owen boarded at 92 Barbourne Road in Worcester. He was 18 and worked as a bank clerk for the United Counties Bank.

 

He appears to have served with the Royal Navy during the war as a paymaster Lieutenant. He died at the Haslar Naval Hospital on 15 February 1920, most probably from the effects of influenza. He was 27.

 

                   

 

                  The gravestone of Thomas Starr Owen and Harold William Starr Owen (Findagrave)

 

Haslar Hospital, Gosport, Hampshire

 

This hospital treated naval personnel during and after the Great War. Between 1918 and 1920, many patients were treated for the effects of the Spanish Influenza pandemic.

 

To identify those who died from influenza, the gravestones had an ‘admiralty cross’ rather than the usual CWWG headstone.

 

We see that this gravestone does indeed have a cross. It suggests that Harold William Starr Owen died from influenza.

 

Naval Service

 

It appears that Harold William Starr Owen spent some time serving on ‘HMS Egmont’.

 

This was a shore based ship stationed at Malta.

 

He gained his seniority as a Paymaster Lieutenant whilst serving on HMS Egmont on 22 October 19180.

 

Probate

 

Harold William Starr Owen, of “Beaconsfield”, Sutton Road, Walsall died on 15 February 1920 at the Naval Hospital at Haslar, Gosport. Administration was granted at London on 1 October 1920 to Harry Starr Owen, gentleman. Effects: £466 19s 7d

 

We are searching for W H Owen

 

Could the man we are looking for be Harold William Starr Owen?

 

He, like his brother, Thomas Starr Owen, might have had a non- resident link to Sutton Coldfield

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Thomas Starr Second Lieutenant Thomas Starr Owen

13th Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Died: Tuesday 8th October 1918

Aged: 34

 

The Royal Welsh Fusiliers (113th Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division) were attacking the villages of Beaurevoir and Villers-Outreaux on 8 October 1918.

 

The village of Villers-Outreaux was captured after heavy fighting, especially where a stone mill was used as a German machine-gun emplacement.

 

2nd Lt. Owen was killed with 48 other soldiers of Welsh Regiments during the attack that day.

 

Thomas Owen is buried in Moulin-de-Pierre British Cemetery, Villers-Outreaux: Row B, Grave 22.

 

‘Dearly loved son of H Starr Owen of Walsall – Until the day breaks.’

 

Thomas Starr Owen is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square, St Peters Church, Maney and Rugby Peace Benches, Rugby.

 

“Thomas Starr Owen was the son of Harry Starr (tobacconist) and Ellen Siderfin (died before 1891) Owen of Beaconsfield, Walsall.

 

Thomas attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1894 and 1900.

 

He then became a banker’s clerk in Lloyds Bank, Rugby.

 

He enlisted in Rugby on 27 August 1914 as Gunner 840121in the 4th South Midland Howitzer Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery.

 

He joined the 1/5th Warwick Battery on 19 February 1916 and was posted abroad on 18 May 1916.

 

Thomas spent time in hospital in England when he contracted pleurisy on 17 January 1917.

 

He became a Gunnery Officer in the Tank Corps on 31 October 1917.

 

Thomas was commissioned into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 25 June 1918.

 

In his will left all of his belongings and money to his brother John Starr Owen (also an Old Veseyan) of Pengersee, Abbotsham Road, Bideford in Devon.”

 

His probate was not found.

 

(David Phillips – Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

W H OWEN

 

W H Owen was not on the original typed list for the memorial builder. Perhaps this is an error?

 

All variations of W H Owen were searched on ancestry.co.uk and findmypast for military and other records.

 

No positive link to Sutton Coldfield was found for any soldier serving as W H Owen.

 

However, Harold William Starr Owen, the brother of Thomas Starr Owen, served as a Paymaster Lieutenant with the Royal Navy and died on 15 February 1920, aged 27.

 

Is it possible that the initials HW and WH were changed on the War Memorial?

 

See the previous entry for further details about Harold William Owen.

 

HENRY GORDON PARKES

 

Henry Gordon Parkes was born in Handsworth. At the outbreak of war he enlisted in London with the King Edwards Horse - Lance Corporal 382 and then received a commission with the Worcestershire Regiment 4th and 6th Battalions–Second Lieutenant

 

He was killed in action on 4 June 1915 (Achi Baba Third Battle of Krithia, Gallipoli) aged 30

 

He has no known grave and was commemorated on the Helles Memorial Panels 104 -113

 

“British casualties amounted to 4000 on 4 June 1915.” (GCS)

 

Henry Gordon Parkes 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 OFF/165 page 234 and the 1915 Star medal OFF/165 page 36

 

He entered the war at Gallipoli and was commissioned to the Worcester Regiment on 2 February 1915

 

Henry Gordon Parkes was the son of William Edmund and Mary Parkes of “Highcroft”, Somerville Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

William Parkes was a General Practitioner of Medicine and Justice of the Peace and had a surgery at 89 Corporation Street, Birmingham.

 

“Henry Gordon Parkes was the eldest son of Dr and Mrs Parkes of Somerville Road.

 

He was a native of Birmingham and his parents had resided in Sutton Coldfield for seven years.

 

He was educated at Beckhampton College and Colwyn Bay.

 

He was a keen footballer and big game hunter whilst in Africa and many of his trophies of his shooting were displayed in his parent’s house.

 

He was in South Africa for three years serving as a trooper in the Rhodesian Mounted Police and took part in quelling the Zulu insurrection. He then spent two years in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.

 

At the outbreak of was he was in London and at once joined the King Edwards Horse. He then received a commission in the Worcester Regiment.

 

He served in Flanders twice and was on the first day of home leave when he was ordered to the Dardanelles.

 

He was lost in the Battle for Achi Baba. He did not respond to roll call afterwards on 11th June.

 

His parents received a telegram stating he was missing and this week another stating that he was killed.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 19.4.1915)

 

1911 census “Highcroft”, Somerville Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

William Edmund Parkes         M         62        Doctor of Medicine                             b Birmingham

Mary Constance Parkes         M         51        Married 27 years – 5 children 2 died  b London

Henry Gordon Parkes                        U         26        Manager to jewellery manufacturer   b Handsworth

Oscar Parkes                          U         25        Medical Student                                  b Handsworth

Stella Constance Parkes        U         20                                                                    b Handsworth

Fanny Aston                            U         38        Cook                                                   b West Bromwich

Alice Grimes                                       14        General servant                                  b Birmingham

 

In 1901 the family lived at Hamstead Hall Road, Handsworth and in 1891 they lived at 117 Soho Hill, Handsworth.

ERNEST GEORGE PARROTT (also known as George Ernest)

 

Ernest Parrott was born in Smethwick. Prior to the 1911 census he had enlisted with the Royal Horse Artillery as a driver but his service record was not found. He served with the Royal Horse Artillery and was attached to the 3rd Base Remount Depot, Royal Army Service Corps – Driver 38395.  He died on 1 July 1918 aged 30 from Bronchitis at the 5 Stationary Hospital, Dieppe.

 

He was buried at the Janval Cemetery, Dieppe, Plot I.N.5

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RHA/102B page 365 and the 1914 Star Medal 14 RHA/157 page 32

 

He entered France on 5 October 1914

 

Ernest Parrott was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs E J Parrott of 388 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was the husband of Elizabeth Parrott of 12 Mees Building, Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

The marriage of Ernest Parrott and Elizabeth Nash was registered September 1913 Tamworth 6b 884

 

Their child was Ernest J Parrot. His birth was birth was registered June 1914 Tamworth 6b 934

 

“Ernest Parrott was married with one child.

 

Prior to enlistment was a painter. He had previously served 6 years in the army.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 17.8.1918)

 

1911 census 4 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Ernest Joseph Parrott             M         45        Painter & decorator, shop/employer   b Oldbury, Staffs

Sarah Ann Parrott                   M         47        Married 24 years, 6 children 3 died    b West Bromwich

George Ernest Parrott                        U         23        Driver - Royal Horse Artillery              b Smethwick

Thomas Henry Parrott            U         21        Printer                                                 b Smethwick

Alfred Parrott                                      10                                                                    b Smethwick

 

 

Probate

 

Ernest George Parrot of Mees Buildings, Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield died 1 July 1918 at 5 Stationary Hospital, Dieppe, France.

 

Administration was granted in Birmingham on 6 February 1930 to Elizabeth Gilbert (wife of George Gilbert) and Alfred Parrott, assistant sales manager.

 

Effects: £50

 

SEPTIMUS ERIC PARSONS

 

Septimus Eric Parsons was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the City Battalion 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Birmingham on 9 September 1914 as Private 460. He was commissioned on 21 September 1914 – Second Lieutenant and then Captain with the 8th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

 

He was killed in action 14 April 1918 aged 26

 

He was buried at the St Venant Robecq British Cemetery, France, Plot I.E.23

 

Septimus Parsons is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Congregational Church Roll of Honour

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals - Captain OFF/19C

 

His army number had been Private 460

 

Septimus Eric Parsons was the youngest of seven sons of Mr and Mrs G C T Parsons of “The Moorings”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield.

 

“He was educated at Newhall College, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School and Mill Hill School London.

 

Prior to the war he had passed his exams and intended to be a chartered accountant in his father’s firm of Sharp, Parsons & Co, 120 Colmore Row, Birmingham.

 

He joined the City Battalion as a Private then 2nd Lieutenant in September 1914. On him going to the front he was promoted to Lieutenant and then Gazetted to Captain in June 1917. He was severely gassed in 1917 and returned to the front in January 1918.

 

According to a letter from his Colonel he was sitting in a farmhouse about mid- day on the 14th when an enemy shell struck the house and killed him.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 27.4.1918)

 

1911 census “Marchmount”, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

George William T Parsons      M         61        Chartered accountant – employer      b Brierley Hill

Roland Parsons                      U         23        Photography assistant – studio           b Wylde Green

Rose Parsons                         U         21                                                                    b Wylde Green

Bertram Kent Parsons            U         10        Insurance clerk broker                        b Wylde Green

Septimus E Parsons               U         18        Student                                                b Wylde Green

Bertha Dijon                            U         34        Cook                                                   b Turley Gloucs

Ethel Tucker                            U         26        Parlour maid                                       b Kingsbridge, Devon

Blanche Jackson                                16        House maid                                         b Aston

 

1901 census “Highfields”, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

George Parsons                      M         51        Chartered accountant – employer      b Brierley Hill

Jane Parsons                          M         48                                                                    b Birmingham

Margaret J Parsons                U         26        Art student                                           b Birmingham

Edward Parsons                     U         24        Accounts clerk                                                b Birmingham

Hilda Parsons                          U         23                                                                    b Birmingham

James Parsons                       U         20                                                                    b Birmingham

Frederick Parsons                              15                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Rowland Parsons                                13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Rose Parsons                                     11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Bertram Parsons                                   9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Septimus Parsons                                 8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

Probate

 

Septimus Eric Parsons of “The Moorings”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield, Captain HM Army died 14 April 1918.

 

Administration was granted at Birmingham on 4 September 1918 to George Collison Tuting Parsons, Chartered Accountant

 

Effects: £123 18s 3d

 

 

Bertram Kent Parsons

 

Bertram Kent Parsons was a Second Lieutenant and then Captain with the 216th Royal Warwickshire Regiment and later with the 8th Battalion RWR.

 

He went to France on 22 May 1916.

 

He went missing on the Western Front on 14 April 1918 and was found to be a Prisoner of War.

 

He was repatriated on 2 December 1918.

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/150 page 44c

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Captain Septimus Eric Parsons

2nd/8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Sunday 14th April 1918

Aged: 26

 

 

On the Le Bassée Front, the 2nd/7th Royal Warwicks (182 Brigade, 61st Division, XI Corps) were resting to the west of Robecq with one Company manning the support trenches with the 5th Division between Robecq and L’Epinette, northwest of Béthune.

 

Five German Divisions faced them and there was strenuous fighting all day on 14 April (The Battle of Hazebrouck - The Defence of Hinges Ridge); but the line was held intact.

 

Captain Parsons was sitting in a farmhouse near les Amusoires (just north of Robecq) about midday when an enemy shell struck the house killing him, 2nd Lt. Winterbottom and 3 other ranks.

 

Septimus Parsons is buried in the St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, Robecq: Plot 1, Row E, Grave 23

 

He lived and died bravely’.

 

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

 

“Septimus Eric Parson was born on 1st May 1892 and was the son of George Collison Tuting Parsons (Chartered Account of Sharp, Parsons & Company, 120 Colmore Row, Birmingham) and Jane Parsons of Marchmount, Birmingham Road, Wylde Green and later of “The Moorings”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Septimus attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1902 and 1906.

 

He was a member of School House, Mill Hill School in London between 1906 and 1910 where he was a Monitor and a prominent member of the XI.

 

He was later employed as an accountant, presumably in his father’s firm. 

 

He enlisted as Private 460 in the 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 9 September 1914 at the age of 22 years and 4 months. Septimus was commissioned on the 21 September 1914.

 

2nd Lieutenant Parsons was wounded in the right foot on 5 July 1915, but was able to rejoin on 24 August 1915.

 

Septimus was gazetted Lieutenant on 12 May 1916 (with precedence from 19 August 1915) and Captain on 5th July 1917 (with precedence from 1st June 1916).

 

He was severely gassed in 1917, returning to duty in January 1918. The 2nd/8th Warwickshire Regiment were disbanded on 22 February 1918 and amalgamated into the 2nd/7th Warwickshire Regiment.

 

His brother B K Parsons (also an Old Veseyan) was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club

 

It looks like Septimus Parsons was a member of the 1st team in 1913.

 

He appeared to have been a very good batsman scoring many runs and a useful blower, his name appears in the ‘All Time Records’ for the Club twice in 1908 and once in 1911.

 

At this time young players seem to have had limited opportunities in the team due to the more seasoned members.

 

The records show a J S Parsons who joined in 1905 and played until 1910 then resigning from the club in 1923.

 

He was a very good player, bowling 8 wickets in an innings in 1907. He lived at Holland House, Upper Holland Road.

 

This could have been James Parsons seen on the 1901 census but in 1911 he gave his name as James Collison Parsons.

 

He was 30, from Birmingham and worked as a chartered accountant.

 

His wife was Helen aged 26.

 

They Lived at ‘Fairholme’, Somerville Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

(Peter Bell Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club)

 

JOHN NELSON PAYNE

 

John Nelson Payne was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Garrison Artillery Cornwall (Duke of Cornwall’s Own) 118th Siege Battery – Gunner 322888

 

He was killed in action on 15 August 1917 (France & Flanders)

 

“On the day he died the temperature was 65 F, it was overcast with rainfall of 7.8mm.” (PDD)

 

He was buried at The Huts Cemetery, Dickebusch, Ypres, Plot II.C.17

 

John Nelson Payne 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 (TF) RGA/111B page 1043

 

No further records were found online.

 

John Nelson Payne was the son of the late Mark and Jane Payne of Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

“At the time he died John N Payne resided at “Kelvin”, Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield. He was married.

 

He was killed by a bomb that was dropped by a hostile aeroplane.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 1.9.1917)

 

“In loving memory of my dear husband gunner Nelson Payne killed in action 15 August 1917. Gone home to rest where care and trouble cease and Christ’s beloved sleep in perfect peace.”

 

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 16.8.1919)

 

It appears that John N D Payne was married to either Lydia J Allsop or Edith M Wordsworth September 1911 Aston 6d 700

 

It is not known if the couple had any children.

 

1911 census Highbridge Road, Wylde Green

 

Jane Payne                             W         63        4 children born alive, 4 living              b Aston

John Nelson Payne                U         26        Warehouse Porter                               b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census “Mattlock Villas”, Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Mark Payne                            M         70        Boot and Shoe Repairer                     b Stourbridge

Jane Payne                             M         52                                                                    b Aston

Mark F Payne                                     U         22                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Nelson Payne                                                 16        Gardener domestic                             b Sutton Coldfield

Agnes Payne                          U         24                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

1891 census “Mattlock Villas”, Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Mark Payne                            M         61        Boot Maker                                         b Aston

Jane Payne                             M         43                                                                    b Aston

Emma Jane Payne                             15        General servant                                  b Sutton Coldfield

Agnes Ellen Payne                             14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Mark Frank Payne                              11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

John Nelson Payne                              6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

WILLIAM EDWARD PEAKE

 

William Edward Peake was born in Aston. He enlisted in Birmingham in July 1917 with the Welsh Guards 1st Battalion, 3rd Company – Private 3210

 

William E Peake died of wounds on 5 December 1917 (France & Flanders)

 

He died in a military hospital, most probably at Le Treport (this was an important hospital centre - CWWG Cemetery History)

 

He was buried at the Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France, Plot V.D.5A

 

William E Peake 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 WG/105 B3 page 275

 

William Edward Peake was the son of William and Emily Peake and the husband of Maude Peake.

 

William Edward Peake married Maud Beatrice Phipps June 1904 Aston 1904 6d 551

 

1911 census “Yew Tree Cottage”, Driffold, Maney, Sutton Coldfield 

 

William E Peake                     M         29        Carter’s salesman                               b Aston

Maud B Peake                        M         29        Married 7 years - 1 child                     b Birmingham

Beatrice M Peake                                 6        School                                                 b Erdington

 

1901 census 4 Western Road, Erdington

 

William E Peake                     M         49        Wheelwright                                        b Shifnal, Salop

Emily Peake                           M         30                                                                    b Charlecote, Warks

William E Peake                     U         18        Coachman                                          b Aston

Nellie Peake                                        14                                                                    b Stechford

Albert J Peake                                                12                                                                    b Erdington

George A Peake                                 10                                                                    b Erdington

Lilly J Peake                                         8                                                                    b Erdington

Gladys Peake                                       3                                                                    b Aston

Clarence Peake                                    1                                                                    b Aston

 

 

William Edward Peak was the grandfather of John Peake.

 

John confirms that his grandfather lived at “Driffold”, Sutton Coldfield and that he was married to Maud Beatrice Phipps.

 

William and Maud had three children - Beatrice Maud, William and Ivan Richard Peake

 

Ivan Richard Peake was John’s father

 

 

Thanks go to John Peake for sharing this information.

 

ARTHUR EDGAR PERKS

 

Arthur Edgar Perks was born in Bloxwich. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Field Artillery – Private 164213 and transferred to the Yorkshire Regiment 13th Battalion – Lance Corporal 42431

 

He was killed in action on or after 23 November 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 40

 

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

 

The panel on the Cambrai Memorial

 

 

Arthur E Perks 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 O/1/101 B 21 page 1896

 

His service record was not found online.

 

Arthur Edgar Perks was the son of George and Julia Perks and he was the husband of Harriet Perks, formerly Taylor.

 

The marriage took place on 21 March 1903 at St Peter & St Paul, Aston

 

Arthur Edgar Perks 22, bachelor and barrister at law of 45 Ettington Road, Aston

 

His father was George Ledbetter Perks, Grocer

 

Harriet Taylor, 20, spinster of Northfield

 

Her father was William Taylor, veterinary surgeon.

 

In 1918 Harriet Perks resided at “Overley”, 111 Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield (Electoral Roll)

 

“He enlisted in Royal Field Artillery in September 1916 then was transferred to the East Yorkshire Regiment.

 

He went to France in January 1917. He was wounded in March 1917 and spent three weeks at Base Hospital.

 

When he recovered he returned to the front and was reported wounded and missing 23 November 1917.

 

He was married with one daughter.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 26.10.1918)

 

1911 census “Overley”, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Arthur Edgar Perks                 M         33        Law Clerk                                            b Bloxwich

Harriet Perks                           M         31        Married 8 years – 1 child                    b Bromsgrove

Joan Kathleen Perks                            2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census 42 Ettington Road, Aston

 

George Perks                         M         51        Grocery assistant                                b Stourbridge

Julia Perks                              M         50                                                                    b Kidderminster

Edgar Perks                            U         23        Barrister’s clerk                                   b Bloxwich

William E Perks                      U         22        Machine minder                                  b Bloxwich

Cyril Perks                                          16        Accounts clerk                                                b Bloxwich

Frances Perks                                                  7                                                                    b Aston

 

Probate

 

Arthur Edgar Perks of “Overley”, 111 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield, Barrister’s Clerk, Lance Corporal 13th Yorkshire Regiment died on or since 23 November 1917 in France or Belgium.

 

Administration was granted at Birmingham on 17 December 1918 to Harriet Perks, widow

 

Effects: £406 15s 8d

 

JAMES FRANCIS PERKS

 

James Francis Perks is not on the Sutton Coldfield War Memorial and was found whilst researching Sidney/Sydney Perks

 

James Francis Perks was born in Wylde Green. He enlisted in Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers 17th Battalion – Private 36884

 

He was killed in action on 30 August 1918 (France & Flanders)

 

He was buried at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Plot XVI. C. 38

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals J/2/102 B15 page 4797

 

Army Service Record

 

James Francis Perks joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at his home in Sutton Coldfield on 20 November 1915.

 

He stated he was single and lived at 3 Ryland Road, Sutton Coldfield. He was aged 31 years and worked as a labourer.

 

He was 5’ 6 ½” tall, weighed 128 pounds and his chest measured 37 ½”.

 

He was sent to Wrexham the next day for training and then to France on 8 December 1916.

He was sent on 23 December 1916 to the 2nd Army Musketry School and then was posted to the field on 24 July 1917.

 

He was gassed and shelled on 24 July 1917 and again on 3 August 1917 and on 10 August 1917 he was sent to Boulogne and Gravesend England via the 23rd General Hospital.

 

He had furlough between 20 October 1917 and 29 October 1917.

 

He was sent back to France (Rouen) and during the period 5 January 1918 and 10 January 1918 was absent without leave and forfeited 6 days’ pay.

 

He was injured again and was in hospital on 10 May 1918. He was then killed in action in the field on 30 August 1918.

 

Letters

 

There are several documents and letters regarding his next of kin and belongings.

 

His next of kin was officially taken as Randal Perks of ‘Lileard Villas’, Wylde Green and his siblings Harry Perks of Holland Street and sisters Annie and Nellie Perks.

 

His unofficial next of kin – not apparently accepted by the army – was Louisa Perks, the unmarried wife of J F Perks of “Stonehouse”, Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield. This card was annotated as such on 30 January 1920.

 

His scroll and plaque were sent to Mrs L Perks of 3 Ryland Road, Sutton Coldfield as were his effects which comprised of a purse, pipe, watch, chain, disc, pouch, photos, letters, cards and his death certificate.

 

These were sent from Shrewsbury on 21 April 1920.

 

Louisa Perks wrote a letter to the army after they had rejected her ‘marital status’ and were returning her child’s birth certificate.

 

“I wish to state that when he joined up we were living as man and wife and I have one little girl by the soldier at home at the present time.

 

As the officer that (sic) came when my husband joined up already knows, I have no marriage lines to show. If you would be so kind as to ask him.

 

She will be 7 years of age on 4 October as you will already see by the birth certificate and when my husband joined up the officer came to my house and took full particulars of our lives which was perfectly satisfactory to the army authorities and of course I have been in receipt of my husband’s pay ever since and as I do not quite know how I should get on with this matter perhaps you would be kind enough to inform me what to do in my dreadful trouble.

 

Mr Perks and I have been together about ten years or perhaps more. I cannot first say but I have always passed as his wife and everyone in the Seaforth Highlanders and the Warwicks know.

 

I am only claiming pay off one of my sons Francis William. Mr Perks was due on leave the end of this month when matters would have been settled up between us but he as (sic) got killed a few weeks in front of his leave.

 

P.S. Sir may I beg to inform you that I have two sons in the army at the present time one in action and one wounded three times and is on his way to France again this week – Francis W Oldfield and Frederick Oldfield”

 

It is not clear if the army gave her any pension as the records were not included.

 

James Francis Perks was the son of Randal Perks and the late Caroline Perks.

 

He was the ‘common law husband’ of Mrs Louisa Oldfield.

 

1911 census 3 Ryland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Mrs L Oldfield                          W         39        Char woman                                       b Birmingham

Frederick B Oldfield                            15        Golf caddy                                          b Hockley

Francis W Oldfield                              12                                                                    b Handsworth

Joseph C Oldfield                                 9                                                                    b Hopwas

James Francis Perks              U         26        Boarder Carriage cleaner – railway    b Wylde Green

 

1911 census “Lileard Villas”, Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Randal Perks                          W         58        Jobbing gardener                                b Sutton Coldfield

Annie Perks                            U         28        Daughter                                             b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census “Hollyhurst”, Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Randal Perks                          M         48        Gardener                                             b Sutton Coldfield

Caroline Perks                        M         49                                                                    b Short Heath

Henry Perks                            U         25        Labourer                                              b Sutton Coldfield

Annie Perks                            U         19                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

James Perks                                       16        Labourer                                              b Sutton Coldfield

Ellen Perks                                          12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

SIDNEY/ SYDNEY PERKS

 

It appears that this man was Sidney Perks who enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/6th Battalion – Private/ Drummer 242925

 

Sidney Perks was killed in action on 17 August 1917 (France & Flanders)

 

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Panels 23-28 and 163A

 

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B26 page 5480

 

Other army records were not found online.

 

 

It appears that Sidney Perks was the son of Elizabeth or Lizzie Perks who had died before Sidney was killed in the war.

 

From the records included on the (‘soldiers who died’ index, ancestry.co.uk)

 

Sidney Perks resided at Boot Hill, Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield at the time of his death

 

There was a baptism for Sydney Perks at Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Sydney Perks was baptised on 3 April 1898

 

His mother was Lizzie Perks and no father was listed.

 

Lizzie Perks resided at Coleshill Street.

 

 

Census

 

A search of the 1911 and 1901 censuses for Sidney/Sydney Perks did not locate him.

 

A search of the 1891 census for Lizzie/Elizabeth Perks did not find anyone with an obvious link to Sutton Coldfield

 

Quite a few Perks families appear on the 1911 and 1901 censuses living at Rectory Road.

 

It is possible that they were in some way related.

 

DENNIS VICTOR PERRETT

 

Dennis Victor Perrett was born in Erdington. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Army Medical Corps 99th Field Ambulance – Private 66271

 

He died on 1 April 1916 aged 16.

 

He died from appendicitis at the No 20 Service Hospital, 99th Field Ambulance at Camiels, France.

 

He was buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery, Plot VI. E. 8

 

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

 

He is also commemorated on the Boldmere Swimming Club Memorial that was in Sutton Park

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RAMC/101/B15 page 1093 and the 1915 Star Medal – no details listed.

 

Army Service Record

 

Dennis V Perrett of “The Mayples” (sic) enlisted on 16 August 1915 at Birmingham.

 

He stated he was aged 19 years and 7 months.

 

He was single. He worked as a clerk.

 

He was posted on 23 August 1915 and sent to Salisbury on 27 August 1915.

 

His pay was increased to 5th Rate Corps pay on 5 November 1915.

 

He was charged with not complying with an order and insolence on 19 February 1916 and served 14 days.

 

He was sent back into the field on 17 March 1916.

 

He died from appendicitis at 7.15 am on 1 April 1916 at No. 20 General Hospital at Camiels.

 

It was noted that his parents were due to visit him the next day.

 

His medals scroll and plaque plus personal effects were sent to his mother.

 

Dennis Victor Perrett was the son of Edwin and Edith Perrett of “The Maples”, 27 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Baptism at St Barnabas Church, Erdington

 

Dennis Victor Parrett was baptised on 4 March 1900.

 

His parents were Edwin and Edith of Station Road Erdington

 

Edwin Perrett worked as a traveller.

 

His birth was registered March 1900 Aston 6d 405

 

 

 

1911 census “The Maples”, Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Edwin Perrett                          M         41        Commercial traveller                          b Worcester

Edith Perrett                            M         39        Married 15 years – 7 children             b Cradley, Hereford

Mary Ann Bullock                   W         68        Mother in law – own means                b Ledbury

Elizabeth Bullock                    U         44        Sister in law – Milliner                         b Cradley, Hereford

Violet Gladys Perrett                           13                                                                    b Aston

Dennis Victor Perrett                          11                                                                    b Erdington

Irene Evelyn Perrett                              9                                                                    b Erdington

Lyle Perrett                                            7                                                                    b Boldmere

Iris Lillian Perrett                                   5                                                                    b Boldmere

Doreen Edith Perrett                             3                                                                    b Boldmere

Sybil May Perrett                                  5 months old                                                 b Boldmere

Agnes Hawey                         U         24        General servant                                  b Cannock

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Dennis Victor Perrett

RAMC 99th Field Ambulance, Private 66271

Died Saturday 1 April 1916 Aged 16

 

 

The 99th Field Ambulance (33rd Division) was commanded by Major T S Dudding.

 

They arrived in France on 15 November 1915 and during 1916 a small hospital was set up in the Ecole Jules Ferry in Bethune, behind the la Bassée battlefield.

 

Private Perrett contracted an illness here and was transferred to a Base Hospital where he died.

 

His Parents went to France to see him but arrived shortly after he died.

 

Dennis Perrett is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery Plot 6. Row E, Grave 8.

 

He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial and on the Boldmere Swimming Club Memorial in Sutton Park.

 

“Dennis Victor Perrett was born on 7 January 1900.

 

He was the son of Edwin Shadrach (commercial traveller) and Edith Ellen Perrett of “The Maples”, 271 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Dennis attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1911 and 1915.

 

He played cricket at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School for the 2nd XI in 1914.

 

He also had an older sister Violet G Perrett.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

 

PERCY HENRY PERRY

 

Percy Henry Perry was born in Small Heath Birmingham. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion – Lance Sergeant 15/1401

 

He was killed in action on 23 July 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 18

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B24 page 5494

 

Percy Henry Perry was the son of Henry and Gertrude Perry of “Durley”, Frederick Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.

 

“Mr and Mrs Perry have received official intimation that their only son Lance Sergeant Percy Henry Perry, Royal Warwickshire Regiment was killed on 23 July 1916.

 

He enlisted in one of the City Battalions on 15 June 1916 and went to France on 19th March 1916.

 

Lance Sergeant Perry was 18 years of age.

 

He was formerly a scholar at the Sutton Grammar School and finished his schooling at Lawrence’s College in Birmingham.

 

He was an articled pupil under Messrs Stevens & Champion, Auctioneers of 71 Temple Row in Birmingham.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News July 1916)

 

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

 

Henry James Perry                M         42        Manager – cycle trade                        b Spring Hill, Bham

Gertrude Perry                        M         40        Married 18 years, 2 children               b Five Ways, Bham

Gertrude Perry                                    17        Typist                                                   b Small Heath

Percy Henry Perry                             13                                                                    b Small Heath

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Lance Sergeant 15/1401 Percy Henry Perry

14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Sunday 23rd July 1916

Aged: 18

 

 

At 9.50pm on 22 July 1916 the 14th Warwick’s, together with the men of 13th Brigade, left their trenches in Black Road and lay in No Man’s Land in front of Wood Lane which was the German Front Line that was being bombarded.

 

What was left of High Wood lay about 100 metres to their left flank.

 

The artillery barrage, although dramatic, failed to destroy the German positions. At 10pm the whistles sounded and the men stood up and charged the German line.

 

The 13th Brigade silhouetted under star shells was caught in the crossfire of two machine guns situated at either end of Wood Lane.

 

The Germans also poured rifle fire and grenades into No Man’s Land, whilst a retaliatory German counter-barrage blasted the Brigade with a vengeance.

 

Although it is reported that some men reached their objective they did not live to tell the tale, the attack was called off.

 

The 14th Warwick’s suffered 485 casualties, with 194 dead, the whole attack cost over a thousand dead and wounded.

 

Percy Perry is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 9A, 9B and 10 B.

 

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

 

“Percy Perry was born in the summer of 1898. He was the only son of Henry James (cycle works manager) and Gertrude Theresa Perry of ‘Durley’, 41 Fredrick Road, Wylde Green.

 

Percy entered Bishop Vesey’s Grammar school in 1909.

 

After leaving school in 1912 he finished his schooling at Lawrence’s College, Birmingham.

 

He was later articled to Messrs. Stevens and Chapman, Auctioneers, Birmingham.

 

Percy enlisted in the 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment as Private 1401 on 15 June 1915 and went to France on 19 March 1916.

 

He had an older sister, Gertrude M Perry.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

 

WILLIAM CHARLES PERRY

 

William Charles Perry was born in Leicester. He enlisted in November 1914 with the Royal Army Medical Corps and gained a commission in November 1914 with the Royal Flying Corps 22 Training Squadron – Pilot Second Lieutenant

 

He was accidently killed on 30 December 1917 during training. It is assumed he died in Egypt

 

He was buried at the Hadra War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt, Plot B36

 

Army Medal and Service Records

 

These were not found

 

William Charles Perry was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Perry of Whittington, Lichfield

 

“Prior to enlisting he was employed by Mr W J Durant, Newsagents & Stationers of 12-14 Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He enlisted in November 1914 in Royal Army Service Corps and went to Egypt in the same month.

 

He was given a commission in November 1916 with the Royal Flying Corps.

 

According to a letter received by his parents, he was up in an aeroplane with an instructor preparing to go alone when his machine side slipped to the ground.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 9.2.1918)

 

1911 census Whittington, near Lichfield, Staffordshire

 

William Perry                          M         45        Builder’s foreman                               b Rutland

Alice Perry                              M         45        Married 25 years, 13 children 1 died  b Stamford, Lincs

William Perry                                      15        Errand boy                                          b Leicester

Harry Perry                                         10                                                                    b Whittington

Albert Perry                                           8                                                                    b Whittington

Wilfred Perry                                         7                                                                    b Whittington

Cicely Perry                                          5                                                                    b Whittington

Eva Perry                                              4                                                                    b Whittington

Ethel Perry                                            1                                                                    b Whittington  

 

GEORGE ANTHONY WILLIAM RAYMOND PICKERING

 

George Pickering was born in Hackney London. He enlisted with the 28th London Regiment – Private 8904/ 762909. He gained a commission on 27 March 1917 as a Second Lieutenant with the 8th Northamptonshire Regiment attached to 1/4th Battalion – Second Lieutenant

 

He was killed in action on 2 November 1917 in Palestine

 

He was buried at the Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine, Plot XV.B.

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/149 page 141

 

George Pickering was the son of Walter Francis Pickering of 222 Armley Road, Leeds and the late Emily Pickering

 

“He was the eldest of two adopted nephews.

 

He resided at “Glendower”, Victoria Road, Sutton Coldfield with his aunt.

 

He was educated at St Thomas’s School, Erdington and Saleham College, Margate.

 

He was employed in the City of Birmingham Treasurers Office.

 

He enlisted with the Artists Rifles when he was aged 18 ½.

 

He applied for a commission and passed the tests. He was gazetted to Northamptonshire Regiment in June 1917.

 

He sailed for Egypt 24 June 1917 and fell in the Battle for Gaza.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 24.11.1917)

 

“George Pickering was the nephew of Miss M Sunderland of “Glendower”, Victoria Road, Sutton Coldfield.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 8.12.1917)

 

1911 census 2 Green Field Villas, Sutton Road, Erdington

 

Martha Sunderland                 U         62        Private means                                     b Birmingham

George A. Pickering                           12        Nephew                                               b Kilburn, Hackney

James Ignatius Pickering                     7        Nephew                                               b Hackney

Albert Bennett                         U         36        General servant                                  b Kent

 

1901 census 32 Ashworth Road, Leeds

 

Catherine Sunderland             U         27        Cardboard box manufacturer             b Edgbaston

Walter Pickering                      M         37        Wrought Iron traveller                         b Balsall Heath

Emily Pickering                       M         36        Servant at Register Office                  b Acocks Green

George Pickering                                  2        Son                                                      b London

 

Probate

 

George Anthony Raymond Pickering of 102 Victoria Road, Sutton Coldfield died 2 November 1917 in Palestine.

 

Administration was granted in London on 12 January 1918 to Walter Francis Pickering Civil Servant

 

Effects: £88 2s 0d

ROBERT CECIL PINFOLD

 

Robert Cecil Pinfold was born in Birmingham. He enlisted at Lichfield with the Royal Field Artillery 5th Brigade – Driver 76851

 

He was killed in action on 11 October 1917 (France & Flanders aged 17

 

“On 11.10.1917 the temperature was 50 F with cloud cover and showers- rainfall 4.9mm.” (PDD)

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll and Service Records

 

These were not found.

 

“Robert Cecil Pinfold was the son of the late William Austin and Sarah Elizabeth Pinfold of 3 Springfield Place, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was educated at Town School.

 

Prior to enlisting he was employed at Messrs Clive & Co., 4 High Street, Sutton Coldfield -Electrical Engineers.

 

He enlisted 9 days after his 15th birthday in March 1915 and spent twelve months in Ireland training before being sent to France.

 

In July 1916, a horse trod on his foot and he was invalided home until October 1916.

 

He was driving in a team of wagons near St Julien, Ypres at night when a shell landed, causing much confusion.

 

When his colleagues came to look for him he had been carried away on a stretcher.

 

 A friend wrote that he did not think he was wearing his identity discs despite being told to do so by an officer.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 31.11.1917)

 

1911 census “Crystal Palace”, Park, Sutton Coldfield

 

Sarah Elizabeth Pinfold          W         55        Refreshment caterer – own account  b Shenstone

William Austin Pinfold             M         22        Gas fitter for Bham Corporation         b Sutton Coldfield

Elsie M Pinfold                        U         22        Waitress at refreshment rooms          b Sutton Coldfield

Robert Cecil Pinfold                            11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ernest Philips                          M         29        Visitor Motor mechanic                      b Worcester

 

Sarah Pinfold had been married for 23 years. She had 5 children, two had died.

 

1901 census Coachman’s Road, Aston

 

William A Pinfold                     M         40        Railway Guard                                    b Coleshill

Elizabeth Pinfold                     M         48                                                                    b Shenstone

Amy Pinfold                                        13                                                                    b Repton, Derbyshire

Elsie Pinfold                                        12                                                                    b Birmingham (sic)

William Pinfold                                    10                                                                    b Birmingham (sic)

Henry Pinfold                                        8        Nephew                                               b Birmingham

Alice Pinfold                                          6                                                                    b Saltley

Robert Pinfold                                       2                                                                    b Saltley (sic)

                                                                       

 

 

 

GEORGE EDWARD PINSON

 

George Edward Pinson was born in Blakenall near Bloxwich (Walsall). He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Battalion – Private 15702

 

He was killed in action on23 July 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 23

 

“He was killed on the opening day of the Battle for Pozieres Ridge, Somme. On the day the temperature was 68F and it was overcast.” (SDBD)

 

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

 

George Edward Pinson 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 B26 page 5567

 

George Edward Pinson was the only son of Edward and Emma Pinson of 88 Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

“In loving memory of Private George Pinson dear son of Mr and Mrs E Pinson of 88 Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was reported missing on 23 July 1916 and now is presumed killed on that date whilst serving with the 10th RWR in France.

 

His country called and he answered. Never forgotten by his loving mother, dad and sisters.”

 

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 26.7.1919)

 

1911 census Only George’s Mother, Emma Pinson was found

 

1911 census 19 Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

William Harold Brooks            M         36        Overseer at press shop                      b Darlaston

Marie Brooks                          M         27        Married 1 year 1 child                         b Edgbaston

Emma Pinson                         M         57        Maternity nurse                                   b Bloxwich

Baby Brooks                                       under one month                                             b Sutton Coldfield

Anne Whitehouse                    U         37        General servant                                  b Harborne

 

1901 census 5 Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Edward Pinson                        M         40        Carter of coal                                      b Bloxwich

Emma Pinson                         M         47                                                                    b Blakenall, Bloxwich

Ethel Mary Pinson                              15        Apprentice dressmaker                      b Blakenall

Florrie Pinson                                      12                                                                    b Blakenall

George Edward Pinson                        9                                                                    b Blakenall

 

                   

            THE BRITISH AND VICTORY MEDALS AWARDED TO GEORGE EDWARD PINSON

       Courtesy of Pat Knight, medal enthusiast – with thanks

 

W PLATT – believed to be SAMUEL WILLIAM WOODGATE PLATT

 

Samuel Woodgate Platt is commemorated on the St James Church Roll of Honour and believed to be W Platt

 

Samuel William Woodgate Platt was born in Wetherby, Yorkshire. He enlisted with the ‘A’ Company, 104th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 126

 

He died on 23 July 1916 in France, aged 33, He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Memorial, Longueval, France. Samuel Woodgate Platt worshipped at St James Church Hill and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour (Tina Ambrose St James Church)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B26 page 5588 and the 1915 Star Medal L/613 page 403

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915.

 

Samuel William Woodgate Platt was the son of Cecilia Elizabeth Caulton Platt of The Rectory, Haceby, Folkingham in Lincolnshire and the late Thomas H P Platt. (CWWG History)

 

1911 census “Lyndhurst”, Water Orton near Birmingham

 

Cecilia E C Platt                      W         55                                                                    b Notting Hill, London

Samuel W Woodgate Platt     U          27        Traveller Messrs M… & Platt Ltd        b Wetherby, Yorks

                                                                        (Engineers)

 

1901 census 110 Trinity Road, Wandsworth, London

 

Thomas H P Platt                      M      52        Clergyman in Church of England       b Hampstead, London

Cecilia E G Platt                        M      44                                                                    b Notting Hill

Samuel W. W Platt                              17        Clerk in brick maker’s offices                        b Wetherby

 

Probate

 

Samuel William Woodgate Platt of “Lyndhurst”, Water Orton near Birmingham died on or since 23 July 1916 in France. Private126, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

 

Administration was granted in London on 18 September 1919 to Cecilia Eliza Caulton Platt widow

 

Effects: £308 16s 10d

                                                                                                                       

 

ARTHUR GEORGE POOLMAN

 

Arthur George Poolman was born in Kent. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 5th (Reserve) Battalion– Private 5098

 

He died on 23 April 1916 in England aged 20 from heart failure (RWR archives)

 

He was buried at the Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol, Plot 6 Grave 687

 

His death was registered June 1916 Bristol 6a 56 aged 20

 

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

 

Army Records

 

His medal card and service records were not found online.

 

Arthur George Poolman was the son of Frederick William and Bertha Poolman of 1 Shenstone Villas, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

1911 census “Hill Croft”, Church Road, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield

 

Frederick William Poolman    M         47        Gardener                                             b Wiltshire

Bertha Poolman                      M         46        Married 26 years, 12 children 2 died  b Surrey

A.W. Poolman                         U         24        Gardener                                             b Surrey

C.L. Poolman                                      17        Farm labourer                                     b Surrey

A. G. Poolman                                                16        Nurseryman’s boy                              b Kent

B Poolman                                          14                                                                    b Kent

E.M. Poolman                                     11                                                                    b Kent

E.B. Poolman                                        9                                                                    b Kent

R.B. Poolman                                       5                                                                    b Kent

F.C. Poolman                                        3                                                                    b Studley, Worcs

Gertrude Poolman                  M         26        Daughter in law                                   b Studley                    

 

HENRY PORTMAN

 

Henry Portman was born in Harborne on the border of Birmingham and Smethwick. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry – Private 15230 and was transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment 7th Battalion – Private 13815

 

He was killed in action on 16 October 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 29

 

He was buried at the Quietiste Military Cemetery, Le Cateau, France, Plot B.11

 

Henry Portman 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/1/102 B10 page 171 and the 1915 Star Medal C/1/1B page 9

 

He entered France on 21 September 1915

 

Henry Portman was the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Portman

 

In 1911, Henry lived with three of his siblings

 

1911 census 300 Orphanage Road, Erdington, Sutton Coldfield

 

Henry Portman                       U         22        House painter                                      b Smethwick

Agnes Portman                       U         23        Sister – housekeeper                          b Smethwick

Frederick Portman                  U         19        Brother – house painter                      b Smethwick

Florrie Portman                                     8        Sister                                                   b Sutton Coldfield

 

The family were not found on the 1901 census

 

1891 census 9 Pope Street, Harborne, Smethwick

 

Frederick Portman                  M         35        Painter & paper hanger                       b Powick, Worcs

Elizabeth Portman                  M         34                                                                    b Birmingham

Charles Shaw                                     16        Stepson                                               b Handsworth

Agnes Portman                                                 3                                                        b Smethwick

Henry Portman                                                 2                                                        b Smethwick

Elizabeth Portman                                1                                                                    b Smethwick

 

 

HARRY POWIS

 

Harry Powis was the brother of William Henry Powis – see next entry

 

Harry Powis was born at Taunton, Somerset. He enlisted at Newport, Monmouthshire with the Lincolnshire Regiment 6th Battalion – Corporal 19144

 

Harry Powis died of wounds on 29 July 1917 (France & Flanders)

 

“He probably died at a dressing station as this Cemetery was used by a dressing station.” (CWWG Cemetery History)

 

He was buried at the Essex Farm Cemetery, Boesinghe, Ypres, Plot II.H.3

 

Harry Powis is commemorated on the Walmley War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals F/105 B10 page 1320

 

From the ‘soldiers who died’ index (ancestry.co.uk); we learn that he lived at Penns in Walmley.

 

This was confirmed by Mrs S M Lambert, a family member.

 

Harry and William Powis were the sons of Late Major Henry Powis of the Somerset Light Infantry and Sarah Ann Powis.

 

Harry Powis was not found on the 1911 census but some of his family were found in Birmingham

 

1911 census 57 Stockfield Road, Acocks Green near Birmingham

 

Henry Powis                           M         59        Retired Army Captain                         b Hackney, London

Sarah Ann Powis                    M         58        Married 31 years, 7 children all alive  b Clent, Worcs

Albert Edward Powis                          17        Apprentice at woollen warehouse       b Gibraltar

Eric George Powis                              12                                                                    b Taunton

 

1901 census Carth Green, Taunton, Somerset

 

Sarah A Powis             M         48        Living on own means                          b Clent, Worcs

Edith M Powis                         U         18                                                                    b Ireland

Harry Powis                                        16        Draper’s apprentice                            b Taunton

Ernest B Powis                                   13                                                                    b Taunton

Arthur F Powis                                    10                                                                    b Taunton

Albert E Powis                                                  7                                                                    b Taunton

Eric G Powis                                         2                                                                    b Taunton

 

1891 census 38 South Road, Taunton, Somerset

 

Henry Powis                           M         39        Sergeant Major Infantry                      b Clerkenwell, London

Sarah Ann Powis                    M         38                                                                    b Clent

William Henry Powis                             9                                                                    b Clent

Edith M Powis                                       8                                                                    b Ireland

Harry Powis                                          6                                                                    b Taunton

Ernest Powis                                         3                                                                    b Taunton

Arthur Powis                                       14 months old                                                 b Taunton

Rose Mathewson                                14        General servant                                  b Taunton

 

1881 census The Raglan Barrack, Stoke Demerel, Devon

 

Henry Powis                           M         31        Sergeant Major                                   b St James, Middlesex

Sarah Ann Powis                    M         28                                                                    b Clent

 

The marriage of Henry Powis and Sarah Ann Smith was registered December 1879 Bromsgrove 6c 633

 

 

Photographs of Henry and Eric Powis

 

 

Mrs Lambert is a distant relative of Henry Powis.

 

She wrote to Linda Newey, librarian at Mere Green Library to offer the project a copy of these photographs and some information.

 

Major Henry Powis served in the army between 1867 and 1924.

 

Eric George Powis also served during the Great War.

 

Eric served in the Royal Navy Division between 1917 and 1919. He was a Prisoner of War at Limburg from April 1918 to December 1918.

 

Many thanks go to Mrs Lambert for sharing this information.

 

WILLIAM HENRY POWIS

 

William Henry Powis was the brother of Harry Powis who also died during the Great War – see previous entry

 

William Henry Powis was born in Clent, Worcestershire. He enlisted in Birmingham with the 9th Lancers (Household Cavalry & Cavalry of The Line (Yeomanry & Imperial Camel Corps – Queen’s Royal) - Private 4250

 

He was killed in action on 24 May 1915 (France & Flanders) aged 34

 

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate

 

He is also commemorated on the Walmley War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals CC/114/B1 page 1 and the 1915 Star Medal CC 28B page 4

 

His card is annotated that he died on or since 24 May 1915 in France.

 

He first entered France on 18 May 1915

 

William Henry Powis was the son of the late Major Henry Powis (Somerset Light Infantry) and Sarah Ann Powis

 

Harry and William Powis were the sons of Late Major Henry Powis of the Somerset Light Infantry and Sarah Ann Powis.

 

They were living at Penns, Walmley at the time of the Great War.

 

Major Henry Powis served in the army between 1867 and 1924

 

Eric George Powis also served during the Great War.

 

He served in the Royal Navy Division between 1917 and 1919. He was a prisoner of war at Limburg from April 1918 to December 1918.

 

(Information from Mrs S M Lambert via Linda Newey, Mere Green Library, Royal Sutton Coldfield great War Project)

 

William Henry Powis was not found on the 1911 or 1901 census

 

1911 census 57 Stockfield Road, Acocks Green near Birmingham

 

Henry Powis                           M         59        Retired Army Captain                         b Hackney, London

Sarah Ann Powis                    M         58        Married 31 years, 7 children all alive  b Clent, Worcs

Albert Edward Powis                          17        Apprentice at woollen warehouse       b Gibraltar

Eric George Powis                              12                                                                    b Taunton

 

 

 

1901 census Carth Green, Taunton, Somerset

 

Sarah A Powis             M         48        Living on own means                          b Clent, Worcs

Edith M Powis                         U         18                                                                    b Ireland

Harry Powis                                        16        Draper’s apprentice                            b Taunton

Ernest B Powis                                   13                                                                    b Taunton

Arthur F Powis                                    10                                                                    b Taunton

Albert E Powis                                                  7                                                                    b Taunton (sic)

Eric G Powis                                         2                                                                    b Taunton

 

 

1891 census 38 South Road, Taunton, Somerset

 

Henry Powis                           M         39        Sergeant Major Infantry                      b Clerkenwell, London

Sarah Ann Powis                    M         38                                                                    b Clent

William Henry Powis                             9                                                                    b Clent

Edith M Powis                                       8                                                                    b Ireland

Harry Powis                                          6                                                                    b Taunton

Ernest Powis                                         3                                                                    b Taunton

Arthur Powis                                       14 months old                                                 b Taunton

Rose Mathewson                                14        General servant                                  b Taunton

 

1881 census “The Raglan Barrack”, Stoke Demerel, Devon

 

Henry Powis                           M         31        Sergeant Major                                   b St James, Middlesex

Sarah Ann Powis                    M         28                                                                    b Clent

 

 

The marriage of Henry Powis and Sarah Ann Smith was registered December 1879 Bromsgrove 6c 633

 

 

LAWRENCE JACK PREEDY

 

Lawrence Jack Preedy was born in Aston and lived at Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 4th Battalion - Second Lieutenant 764380 and was later attached to the 1st Battalion and 28th London Regiment of Royal Warwickshire Regiment

 

He was killed in action 31 March 1918 aged 19

 

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Faubourg – D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras Memorial

 

He is also commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory Medal Officer/150 and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Medal

 

Lawrence Preedy was the son of Jonathan and Gertrude Preedy.

 

The birth of Lawrence Preedy was registered September 1898 Aston 6d 414

 

“At the time he enlisted he resided at “Inglenook”, Blackroot Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was educated at King Edwards Grammar School.

 

He played for Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club and has been an organist at All Saints Church, Streetly.

 

He joined the Artists Rifles O.T.C on his 18th birthday June 5th 1916 and went to the front in September 1917.

 

He was killed in action on 31st March 1918 aged 19.

 

According to a letter from his Colonel, he was killed instantly in the act of leading his men to recover lost ground.

 

According to a letter from his Lieutenant he was shot through the head by a sniper whilst trying to rescue a wounded soldier.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 13.4.1918)

 

Lawrence Preedy was a member of the Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club

 

(Peter Bell Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club)

 

1901 census 59 Boulton Road, Handsworth

 

John Preedy                           M         37        Jewellery manufacturer/ ring maker  b Birmingham

Gertrude Preedy                     M         24                                                                    b Handsworth

Lawrence J Preedy                              2                                                                    b Aston

 

1911 census 3 Broughton Road, Handsworth

 

Jonathan Preedy                    M         37        Jewellery manufacturer – employer  b Birmingham

Gertrude F Preedy                  M         34        Married 14 years - 2 children              b Handsworth

Lawrence J Preedy                            12                                                                    b Aston

Raymond A Preedy                              6                                                                    b Handsworth

 

JOHN WILLIAM PRICE

 

John William Price was born in or around Aldridge. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Worcestershire Regiment 1st Battalion – Lance Corporal 9809

 

He was killed in action on 13 March 1915 (France & Flanders) aged 26

 

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial Festubert

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/102 B23 page 5122 and the 1914 Star Medal L/2/6 page 48

 

He entered France on 5 November 1914 and was killed in action

 

It appears from the ‘soldiers who died’ index (ancestry.co.uk) that John William Price resided in Shenstone prior to joining the army.

 

It also states that he was the cousin of Mrs M A Huband of “Rye Cottage”, Wishaw.

 

John William Price was the son of George and Phoebe Price of Walsall Foreign, Walsall

 

They were not traced after the 1891 census. One son, George had been born in America so it is possible that they returned to America and left John in the care of his grandparents

 

1911 census “Chase Cottage”, Slitting Mill, Rugeley, Staffordshire

 

 Boarding in the household of John Kent, Shoe maker of Stafford

 

John William Price                  U         22        Coal mine loader                                 b Walsall

 

1901 census Pye Green, Cannock

 

John Powis                             W         69        Poultry farmer                                     b West Bromwich

Eliza Powis                              U         34                                                                    b Aldridge

Benjamin Powis                      U         32        Underground miner                             b Bloxwich

John Powis                                         16        Grandson – General Blacksmith        b Cannock

John William Price                              13        Grandson                                            b Bloxwich

 

1891 census Walsall Foreign, Walsall

 

George Price                          M         27        Boiler smith                                         b Walsall

Phoebe Price                          M         31                                                                    b Cannock

George Price                                        3                                                                    b America

John W Price                                        2                                                                    b Walsall

 

Aldridge and Bloxwich are on the Sutton Coldfield and Walsall boundary and were classed as ‘Walsall Foreign’.

 

Often it is hard to define in which parish someone was actually born.

 

THOMAS PRICE

 

Thomas Price was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted on 1 September 1914 at Nuneaton with the Royal Field Artillery ‘D’ Battery 73rd Brigade – Bombardier 1942

 

He died of wounds on 30 May 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 34

 

He was buried at the Lasse-Thoek Military Cemetery, Plot XII.B.43A

 

“Thomas Price resided at 16 Riland Grove, Sutton Coldfield.” (WML)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RFA/105B page 881 and the 1915 Star Medal RFA/ A1 page 196

 

He entered France on 8 July 1915

 

Thomas Price was the son of James and Fanny Price of Sutton Coldfield

 

“He was educated at Town School.

 

He was employed as a groom at Higham Hall near Nuneaton for eight years prior to enlisting.

 

He enlisted on 1 September 1914 and was sent to the front on 8 July 1915.

 

He was hit by a piece of shell and died at a casualty clearing station two days later.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 23.6.1917)

 

1911 census Higham on the Hill, Leicestershire

 

Employed by C H Morris

 

Thomas Price                         U         26        Domestic groom                                 b Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census 12 Back Lane, Sutton Coldfield

 

James Price                            M         56        Corporation labourer                           b Little Sutton

Fanny Jane Price                   M         59        Married 35 years – 8 children             b Hill

Harriet Price                            U         31        At home                                              b Little Sutton

Albert William Price                U         19        Filing machinist                                   b Sutton Coldfield

Lillian Doris Price                    U         18        Laundry Packer                                  b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census 31 Newhall Street, Sutton Coldfield

 

James Price                            M         47        Corporation labourer                           b Sutton Coldfield

Fanny Price                            M         50                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Harriet Price                            U         21                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Charles Price                          U         20        Bricklayer’s labourer                           b Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Price                                     17        Domestic groom                                 b Sutton Coldfield

Albert Price                                           9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Lillian Price                                            8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

P PRING – identity not known

 

The St Michael’s Church, Boldmere records show that they had a Pring who resided at Frederick Road, Boldmere.

 

However, this man’s identity has not been confirmed.

 

In the Boldmere churchyard is a grave for Sarah Ann Pring, born in 1854, who died in 1933.

 

She was the wife of John Pring but no further details are known. It is not known if they were related to the man on the war memorial.

 

Andy Coles found a Percy Pring who served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (WML) but his service records have not been found online.

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records include an entry for Edgar Pring

 

“In memory of Edgar James Pring (served as Paul) 36506 1/6th Northumberland Fusiliers who died on 25 March 1918 aged 32.

 

He was the son of Mrs E Pring of Moss Close Cottage, Buchanan Road in Walsall.

 

Edgar Pring was the husband of Jessica Alice Pring of “The Cedar”’, 132 Murray Road, Rugby.

 

Edgar James Pring is commemorated on the Pozieres War Memorial.”

 

However, no military records for him were found – various names/aliases were tried as well as various regiments.

 

No medal card was found for any Pring serving with the Northumberland fusiliers, only the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers – Edgar Pring 41865.

 

There was Percy Lionel Pring who served with the Royal Fusiliers 14th Battalion – 2381 but he survived the war and was from Surrey.

 

All the Pring military records were searched but nothing was found to explain who P Pring was or what his connection to Sutton Coldfield could have been.

 

Here are the census and marriage details for Edgar James Pring for future reference

 

1911 census 74 Hatherton Road, Walsall

 

Elizabeth Pring                        W         59                                                                    b Langport, Somerset

Edgar James Pring                 M         23        Butcher                                               b Walsall

Ada Jane Pring                       U         32        Bridle Stitcher                                     b Walsall

 

The marriage of Edgar James Pring and Jessica Alice Harris was registered December 1910 Aston 6d 700

 

1911 census 83 (no road listed) Henley in Arden

 

Frederick William Harris         M         48        Butcher & Auctioneer employer         b Henley in Arden

Catherine Harris                      M         44        Married 9 years – 2 children               b Totenham

Jessica Alice Pring                  M         25        Visitor Married 1 year 1 child              b Henley in Arden

Lillian Harris                                        16                                                                    b Henley in Arden

Norman Harris                                                  8                                                                    b Henley in Arden

Dennis Harris                                        7                                                                    b Henley in Arden

Irene Jessica Audrey Pring                   3 months old Granddaughter                        b Henley in Arden

Archie Harris                           U         27        Nephew Butcher’s assistant               b Clent

 

The death of Irene Jessica A Pring born 9 January 1911 was registered in Birmingham September 1991

 

It appears that Irene Pring remained unmarried.

 

The marriage of Jessica Alice Pring and Charles Clough was registered March 1930 at St Giles London 1b 657

 

1901 census Walsall Foreign, Walsall

 

James Pring                            M         60        Gardener                                             b Broadway, Somerset

Elizabeth Pring                        M         49                                                                    b Langport, Somerset

Frederick Albert Pring             U         28        Leather trade                                       b Walsall

Mary Pring                              U         24        Leather trade                                       b Walsall

Ada Pring                                U         22        Leather trade                                       b Walsall

Edward Pring                          U         18        Leather trade                                       b Walsall

Bessie Pring                                        15        Leather trade                                       b Walsall

Edgar James Pring                             13                                                                    b Walsall

 

 

The mystery of P Pring remains unsolved at this time.        

 

JOHN ERIC STIRLING PRITCHARD

 

 

John Eric Stirling Pritchard was born in Sutton Coldfield. He gained a commission in July 1916 with the Royal Field Artillery 52nd Battery – Second Lieutenant

 

He died of wounds on 27 October 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 20

 

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

 

He was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Plot XXII.H.11

 

 

The Gravestone of John Eric Stirling Pritchard by Peter Moore 2014

 

 

Army Medal and Service Records

 

These have not been found online

 

“John Eric Stirling Pritchard was the son of John Ernest and the late Julia Katharine Pritchard of Sutton Coldfield

 

He was educated at Lindley Lodge, Higham on the Hill and Oundle College.

 

He left school in 1915 and worked for his father, a chartered accountant for a month.

 

He received a commission in July 1916 and joined his battery in France a fortnight later.

 

He was wounded by a shell on 24 October and died the following day.”  (Sutton Coldfield News 3.11.1917)

 

1911 census Oundle College

 

John Eric Stirling Pritchard                 13        Scholar                                                b Sutton Coldfield

1911 census “Melrose Lodge”, Anchorage Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

John Ernest Pritchard             W         46        Chartered accountant – employer      b Lapworth, Warks

Esther Pritchard                                    9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Irene Roberts                          U         50        Housekeeper                                      b Redditch

Gertrude Hussey                    U         17        Housemaid                                          b Sutton Coldfield

Edith Hussey                                       15        Kitchen maid                                       b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census “Highfield”, Anchorage Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

John E Pritchard                     M         36        Chartered accountant – employer      b Kingswood

Julia K Pritchard                     M         31                                                                    b Bedford

John E S Pritchard                               3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Hilda Langley                          U         19        Visitor – own means                           b Bedford

Annie Wright                           U         29        Cook                                                   b Ripple, Worcs   

 

ARTHUR EUGENE MOLONEY PURDOM

 

Arthur E M Purdom was born in Northampton. He first enlisted on 1 August 1917 in Birmingham with the Hampshire Regiment – Private T8/24767 and then transferred to the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2nd Battalion – Private 34730

 

He died of wounds on 13 September 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 19

 

He was either buried at the Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux St Marc, France, Plot II.A.15 (WML) or the Bazells Cemetery, Grave Row A, Plot 1 (Sutton Coldfield News 1918)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/106 B21 page 4439

 

Arthur Purdom was the son of Robert and Emma Purdom of “Blinkbonny”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield (WML)

 

“Arthur Purdom was educated at Avondale Private School, Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield and St Lawrence’s College, Corporation Street in Birmingham.

 

He enlisted on 1 August 1917 and was sent to the front at France on 2 April 1918.

 

He was wounded on 12 September with a bullet to the abdomen and was admitted to a casualty clearing station but died the next morning at 12.25 am.

 

According to a letter from a sister at the hospital he was buried at Bazells Cemetery Grave 15 Row A Plot 1.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 21.9.1918)

 

Arthur Purdom was not found on the 1911 census

 

1911 census “Blinkbonny”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

Robert Purdom                       M         59        Spectacle Maker                                b Roxburghshire

Emma Purdom                       M         44        Married 21 years – 2 children             b Northampton

Beatrice Purdom                     U         18                                                                    b Handsworth

Robert Purdom                                   11                                                                    b Handsworth

Anna Russeler                        U         26        Cook – German                                  b Germany

 

This census seems inaccurate as Emma Purdom states she only has two children.

 

She could just have been confused and counted the children at home.The family were not found on the 1901 census

 

FREDERICK ARTHUR BRISTOL RANDALL

 

Frederick Randall was born in Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield. He joined the navy but his service details are unknown. He served on the ‘S.S. Mereddio’ as Ordinary Seaman Z/10168

 

Fredrick Randall was lost at sea on 10 January 1918 aged 18

 

He has no known grave and was commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 30

 

 

 

Plymouth War Memorial (ancestry.co.uk)

 

The Steam Ship ‘S.S Mereddio’ was owned by the Maclay & McIntyre shipyard, Glasgow.

 

It sailed from Bilbao on the 7th of January 1918 to Quiberone then was torpedoed at map reference 56.28N 03.50E by the German U Boat 34.

 

Two people were killed, Frederick Randall and Malcolm Macloud, Leading Seaman RNR A4440.

 

Both were lost without trace. (Maclay & McIntyre, Glasgow Archives)

 

Frederick Randall was the son of Frederick and Annie Randall of Powells Pool, Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Frederick Randall                   M         42        Letter press printer- employer            b Brampton, Derby

Annie Randall                          M         37        Married 14 years – 6 children             b Darlaston, Staffs

Martha Alice Randall                           13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Arthur Randall                     12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

John Robert Randall                             9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Reginald Henry Randall                        4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Nancy May Randall                              1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Walter William Randall                          1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Frederick Randall                   M         32        Letter press printer – employer           b Brampton,

Annie M Randall                     M         28                                                                    b Darlaston

Martha A Randall                                  3                                                                    b Wylde Green

Frederick A Randall                              2                                                                    b Wylde Green

 

There is a family tree posted on ancestry.co.uk that includes Frederick Randall and his parents Frederick Randall (1869 -1957) and Annie Maria Corbett (1873 – 1928).

 

 

HERBERT JOSEPH REEVE

 

Herbert Joseph Reeve was born at Kings Norton. He enlisted on 2 September 1914 with the City Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 1995. He was given a commission as Lance Corporal then Lance Sergeant and later promoted to Second Lieutenant with the Herefordshire Regiment 1st Battalion – Second Lieutenant

 

He died of dysentery on 24 September 1915 on board a hospital ship near Gallipoli aged 24

 

He was buried on 25 September 1915 at the Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta, Plot B Row 15 Grave 1

 

The first Battalion of the Herefordshire Regiment was involved in the Suvla campaign (GCS)

 

Herbert Reeve is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial.

 

Herbert Reeve is also commemorated on the Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Roll of Honour (David Phillips)

 

Herbert Reeve was a member of the YMCA and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour (John Day YMCA)

 

Army Medal Roll and Service Records

 

No records were found online.

 

“Herbert Joseph Reeve was the son of William and Mary Reeve of “Grasmere”, Clarence Road, Four Oaks.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 16.10.1915)

 

“Herbert Reeve was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. He was a fine athlete at school.

 

After leaving school he was apprenticed in the Merchant Navy with the ‘Dunlop Line’ of Glasgow then, after an accident, he went to work for his father in the musical profession.

 

He enlisted for service at the same time as his brother, who was a farmer in Herefordshire.

 

When he left England he was a Corporal and received his third stripe shortly after arriving in the Dardanelles and was ‘Gazetted’ on 21 August 1915.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 16.10.1915)

 

1911 census “Grasmere”, Clarence Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

William James Reeve             M         54        Pianoforte tuner/teacher                     b Aston

Mary Ann Elizabeth Reeve     M         51        Married 19 years – 2 children             b Birmingham

Herbert Joseph Reeve                       16        Apprentice sailor merchant service    b Kings Norton

 

1901 census “Four Oaks Villa”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

William J Reeve                      M         41        Pianoforte tuner                                  b Aston

Mary A E Reeve                     M         41                                                                    b Birmingham