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STANLEY FRANCIS SALMON

 

Stanley Francis Salmon was born at Kingston on Thames, Surrey. He joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, probably in Birmingham as Corporal 488. He then gained a commission on 19 July 1917 with the Welsh Regiment 9th Battalion – Second Lieutenant (TP)

 

Stanley Salmon was killed in action on 19 July 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 31

 

He was buried at the Voormeze Enclosure Cemetery, No 3. Ypres, Plot XVI.C24

 

Stanley F Salmon 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 Welsh R OFF/138 page 113 and the 1915 Star Medal L/6 B page 445

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915 and gained his commission on 19 July 1917.

 

Stanley Francis Salmon was the son of David and Mary Salmon of Swansea. He was the husband of Margaret Lucy Salmon of “Byfleet”, Maney, Sutton Coldfield.

 

1911 census 31 Stanmore Road, Edgbaston

 

Stanley Salmon                      U         25        Assistant school master                      b Kingston on Thames

 

1911 census “Training College”, Swansea

 

David Salmon                         M         59        Principle of college                             b Newport, Monmouth

Mary Salmon                          M         59        Married 34 years – 5 children             b Islington, London

 

Mary was the Matron of the college.

 

1901 census “College at Llandingat”, Carmarthenshire

 

Stanley Salmon                                  15        Student                                                b Kingston on Thames

 

1891 census Kings Road, Kingston on Thames

 

David Salmon                         M         39        School master                                     b Newport

Mary Salmon                          M         39        Matron                                                 b Islington

Amelia Salmon                                   13                                                                    b London

Mary Salmon                                      11                                                                    b London

David Salmon                                     10                                                                    b London

Dorothy Salmon                                    8                                                                    b London

Stanley Salmon                                    5                                                                    b Surrey

 

 

So far, a marriage for Stanley Salmon to Margaret Lucy has not been found.

 

ALFRED SALT

 

Alfred Salt was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 16680

 

Alfred Salt was killed in action on 3 September 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 26

 

“He was killed in the Battle of Guillemont, Somme.” (SDBD)

 

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

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

Alfred Salt (listed as Edward) was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B29 page 6166

 

No further military records were found online.

 

Alfred Salt was the son of the late Joseph Salt and Sarah Dyde (formerly Salt) and the husband of Mary Jane Salt of “The Clunes”, Wentworth Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

 

The marriage of Alfred Salt and Mary J Baugh was registered June 1916 Tamworth 6b 714

 

They were married in March 1916, just before Alfred went off to the Somme (Maureen Crowley)

 

Alfred and Mary Salt did not have any children (Maureen Crowley).

 

1911 census 49 Newhall Street, Sutton Coldfield

 

Charles Dyde                          M         40        Corporation lamp lighter                     b Whitchurch, Warks

Sarah Dyde                             M         52        Married 8 years, 1 child                      b Perry Barr, Staffs

Alfred Salt                               U         21        Stepson Gardener                              b Sutton Coldfield

George Salt                             U         19        Stepson   Chemist’s shop porter         b Sutton Coldfield

Lizzie Salt                                            16        Stepdaughter   Laundry hand             b Sutton Coldfield

Willie Shorland                                    10        Grandson                                            b Wales

Edward Moore                                    U         17        Lodger   Bricklayer’s assistant            b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census 49 Newhall Street, Sutton Coldfield

 

Sarah Salt                               W         41        Laundress                                           b Perry Barr

Joseph Salt                             U         19        Corporation horse groom                    b Sutton Coldfield

Bertie Salt                               U         17        Horse driver                                        b Sutton Coldfield

Jane Salt                                             13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred Salt                                           11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

George Salt                                           9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Florrie Salt                                             6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Kate Salt                                               4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Charles W Dyde                     U         39        Boarder – Corporation labourer          b Warwickshire

 

1891 census Birmingham Road, Maney, Sutton Coldfield

 

Joseph Salt                             M         34        Farm servant                                      b Walmley

Sarah Salt                               M         33                                                                    b Perry Barr

Sarah Salt                                           10                                                                    b New Oscott

Joseph Salt                                           9                                                                    b New Oscott

Bertie Salt                                             8                                                                    b New Oscott

Jane Salt                                               3                                                                    b New Oscott

Alfred Salt                                             1                                                                    b Maney

Charles Dyde                          U         18        Boarder - Farm servant                      b Warwickshire

 

 

 

Mary and Albert Salt in 1916

 

 

Maureen Crowley

 

Maureen Crowley was the daughter of Lizzie Salt.

 

Maureen kindly shared the photograph of Mary and Albert that was taken in 1916.

 

Maureen confirms that the couple did not have any children and that Mary did not remarry after Albert died.

 

 

Maureen can add no further information about the Salt family other than the fact that Willie Shorland, who is seen on the 1911 census above, went on to serve in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment between 1919 and 1931.

 

 

GEORGE GOODWIN SALT

 

George Goodwin Salt was the older brother of John Salt – see the next entry

 

George Goodwin Salt was born in 1893 at Moseley. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion– Private and then Lance Corporal 1271

 

He was killed in action on 3 September 1916 aged 23

 

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

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B29 page 6167 and the 1915 Star Medal L/6 B page 445

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915.

 

George Goodwin Salt was the eldest son of G D & Sarah Salt of Reddicap Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

“He was educated at Town School. He was the brother of J Salt who also is serving as a soldier.

 

He was employed as a gardener, having learnt his trade at Moor Hall.

 

He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield on 29 May 1915.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 21.10.1916)

 

George Dickenson Salt committed suicide on 23 January 1919.

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 1.2.1919)

 

1911 census, “Hillside”, Reddicap Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

Working for Leah Compton, widow, 44 from Oxford

 

George Salt                             U         18        Domestic gardener                             b Birmingham

 

1911 census “Lilly’s Cottage”, Reddicap Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

George Dickenson Salt          M         45        Railway Signalman                             b Aston

Sarah Salt                               M         41                                                                    b Colveston, Notts

Beatrice Hind Salt                   U         19                                                                    b Hucknall Torkard

John Salt                                 U         15                                                                    b Minworth

Mabel Ethel Salt                                  13                                                                    b Minworth

Florence Maud Salt                            11                                                                    b Minworth

Gladys Margery Salt                             9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Percival Salt                                          7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Harold Salt                            5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Cyril Salt                                               4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census “Lilly’s Cottage”, Reddicap Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

George D Salt                         M         34        Railway Signalman                             b Aston

Sarah Salt                               M         31                                                                    b Colveston, Notts

Beatrice Salt                                         9                                                                    b Hucknall Torkard

George G Salt                                       8                                                                    b Birmingham

Charles E Salt                                       6                                                                    b Minworth

John Salt                                               5                                                                    b Minworth

Mabel Salt                                             3                                                                    b Minworth

Florence Salt                                         1                                                                    b Minworth

JOHN SALT

 

John Salt was the brother of George Goodwin Salt – see the previous entry

 

John Salt was born at Minworth. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield on 24 August 1914 with the Kings Royal Rifles - Private 1971

 

John Salt died of wounds on 25 October 1921 in hospital in Birmingham after being sick for over a year.

 

There were numerous military hospitals set up in Birmingham including those at Birmingham University, Dudley Road Infirmary and various other sites at schools or large houses.

 

By May 1917, some 8827 military beds were available in Birmingham.

 

It is not yet known which hospital looked after John Salt.

 

His death was registered December 1921 Kings Norton 6d 19 – age 25

 

It is not known where he was buried.

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/101 B3 page 387 and the 1915 Star Medal M/2B page 75

 

He entered France on 21 May 1915. His service record was not found online.

 

“John Salt was the son of the late George Dickenson Salt and Sarah Salt

 

 He was wounded on the front on 25 June 1915.

 

It appears that a shell exploded causing a severe head wound, blindness in his left eye, deafness in his left ear and a badly injured right hand. He had forty different wounds.

 

He was in a hospital for a year.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 21.10.1916)

 

“George Dickenson Salt committed suicide on 23 January 1919.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 1.2.1919)

 

The death of George D Salt was registered March 1919 Tamworth 6b 789 aged 52

 

1911 census “Lilly’s Cottage”, Reddicap Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

George Dickenson Salt          M         45        Railway Signalman                             b Aston

Sarah Salt                               M         41                                                                    b Colveston, Notts

Beatrice Hind Salt                   U         19                                                                    b Hucknall Torkard

John Salt                                 U         15                                                                    b Minworth

Mabel Ethel Salt                                  13                                                                    b Minworth

Florence Maud Salt                            11                                                                    b Minworth

Gladys Margery Salt                             9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Percival Salt                                          7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Harold Salt                            5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Cyril Salt                                               4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

Hucknall Torkard is in Nottinghamshire.

 

1901 census “Lilly’s Cottage”, Reddicap Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

George D Salt                         M         34        Railway Signalman                             b Aston

Sarah Salt                               M         31                                                                    b Colveston, Notts

Beatrice Salt                                         9                                                                    b Hucknall Torkard,

George G Salt                                       8                                                                    b Birmingham

Charles E Salt                                       6                                                                    b Minworth

John Salt                                               5                                                                    b Minworth

Mabel Salt                                             3                                                                    b Minworth

Florence Salt                                         1                                                                    b Minworth

 

WALTER BLADEN SAMPSON

 

Walter Bladen Sampson was born in Sutton Coldfield. He had been a Colour Sergeant at Birmingham University with the OTC. He enlisted at the outbreak of war and gained a commission with the Special Reserve of Officers on 17 August 1914.

 

He became a full Lieutenant on 19 November 1915, a temporary Captain and then a full Captain in May 1916 - Captain (TP) in the Rifle Brigade 13th Battalion (The Prince Consort’s Own) – his number was not found.

 

He was killed in action on 10 July 1916 aged 25.

 

He was buried at the Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers La Boisselle Plot III. J. 28

 

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)

 

His parents presented the church with a stained glass window and a brass plaque in his honour. The plaque is beside the window.

 

Brass Plaque at St Peter’s Church, Maney (Photograph by Pat Gumbley)

 

 

A memorial service was held in his honour at St Peter’s Church, Maney, Sutton Coldfield

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded Victory Medal and British Medal – OFF / 51 page 38 and the 1915 Star Medal OFF/116 page 1

 

Walter Bladen Sampson was the son of Frederick and Louisa Sampson.

 

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

 

He worked in the ‘Jewellery Quarter’ in Birmingham for Allison Chains Ltd.

 

He was a member of Sutton Coldfield Swimming Club.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 22 July 1916)

 

1911 census “Ferndale”, Manor Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Frederick Sampson                M         55        Corn merchant – employer                b Handsworth

Louisa Sampson                     M         54        Married 26 years, 10 children 5 died  b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Harold Sampson    U         25        Clerk at Bullion dealer                         b Sutton Coldfield

Walter Bladen Sampson         U         20        Insurance Co. clerk                            b Sutton Coldfield

Margery Sampson                              15                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Mary Jane Browne                 U         29        Cook                                                   b Madeley, Salop

Justina Walker                        U         18        House maid                                         b Barking, London

1901 census “Ferndale”, Manor Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Frederick Sampson                M         45        Grain merchant – employer               b Handsworth

Louisa Sampson                     M         44                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick H Sampson                                    15                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Herbert H Sampson                            14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Walter B Sampson                              10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Margery Sampson                                5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Unreadable Sampson                           3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Louisa Showell                        U         27        Cook                                                   b Walmley

Alice Hobbes                                       14        House maid                                         b Coleshill

 

Baptism

 

Walter Bladen Sampson was baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield on 16 November 1890.

 

The home address was Avenue Road, Sutton Coldfield and his father was a corn merchant.

 

Probate

 

Walter Bladen Sampson of “Ferndale”, Manor Road, Sutton Coldfield, a temporary Captain in HM Army died 10 July 1916 in France in action.

 

Administration at Birmingham 21 September 1917 to Frederick Harold Sampson a Lieutenant in HM Army

 

Effects: £2002.12s 7d

 

 

 

Frederick Harold Sampson

 

The only military record for Frederick Harold Sampson was found on the Army Medal Rolls Index.

 

Frederick H Sampson served as Private 17566 with the 14th Hussars.

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals CY/121 B p2003

 

Frederick Sampson appears to have survived the war.

 

He lived at “The Hill”, College Road, Sutton Coldfield in 1921 and at “The Clunes”, Wentworth Road, Sutton Coldfield between 1928 and 1948 (Electoral Rolls).

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Captain Walter Bladen Sampson

13th Battalion Rifle Brigade

Died: Monday 10th July 1916

Aged: 25

 

The Germans had abandoned the village of La Boisselle on 1 July and set up their new line in front of Contalmaison, through Mametz Wood and Trones Wood. The failure of the British to follow up the success here on the 1 July had allowed the Germans to reinforce this southern flank.

 

At 10pm on 9 July 1916 the 13th Rifle Brigade (111 Brigade, 37th Division) moved up to La Boiselle to attack this new line, relieving the 8th South Staffordshire Battalion. The dead of the Tyneside Scottish (who had attacked on the 1 July) lay all around, many with bolt-covers on their rifles.

 

The night of 9 /10 July 1916 was wet and the trenches ran with mud, but next morning the land steamed under the hot sun. Between 3.30am and 7.30am the Battalion was subject to heavy shelling.

 

At 8.45am ‘A’ and ‘D’ Companies of the 13th Rifles led the attack followed by ‘B’ and ‘C’ Companies at a distance of 130 yards. The 25th Division was due to attack on the left and 23rd Division on the right, with a heavy barrage to support them.

 

A runner from the 10th Royal Fusiliers arrived to deliver a message cancelling the attack. However, the Battalion had already covered 200 yards to reach the enemy’s third line.

 

They inflicted heavy casualties amongst the Germans and captured over 200 prisoners. Without support from artillery and flanking divisions they had many casualties, but they had still succeeded in taking their objectives.

 

The belated cancellation order finally reached the troops, but as they lay in holes and trenches for evening and the long crawl back, the British artillery started to bombard their position. Their presence had been mistaken for massing German troops; the slaughter was terrible.

 

Corporal Horace Smith MM - 13th Rifle Brigade, remembers seeing all four Company Commanders conferring in a shell-hole, after the order to retire had reached them, when an explosion wiped them out. The Commanding Officer, Adjutant and over 400 men were casualties. Captain Sampson was amongst them.

 

The remains of the Battalion withdrew to the original German second line (just beyond the Lochnagar Crater); they had 10 officers and 380 other ranks killed and many wounded.

 

Walter Sampson is buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle Plot III, Row J, Grave 28.

 

                                    Walter Bladen Sampson

 

Walter B Sampson was commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square and St Peter’s Church, Maney.

 

 

“Walter B Sampson was born on 19 October 1890. He was the son of Frederick Harold (chain manufacturer) and Louisa Sampson of Ferndale, Manor Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Walter attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1899 and 1907. He was a keen athlete and footballer, being awarded Victores Ludorum in 1902.

 

He continued to win the trophy in the Old Boys’ Race every year until 1915, when his long record of success was broken.  Walter was one of the founder members of the Vesey’s Old Boys’ Club started by Mr. H Jerrard (Head teacher) just before the war.

 

He was also a member of Sutton Swimming Club, winning several prizes at the annual sports at Blackroot Pool.

 

Upon leaving school he was employed by the Royal Insurance Company, but left for business in the firm of Allison Chains Ltd. in the Jewellery district.

 

At the outbreak of war he was captain of the Heathercourt Football Club and of the team that played in 1913 - 14 all but one went into war service.

 

He was also a Colours-Sergeant in the Birmingham University O.T.C., with which he had been connected for six years, during which he declined an offer of a commission.

 

Upon enlisting in the army Walter received a commission on 17 August 1914 in the Special Reserve of Officers.

 

He was made full Lieutenant on 19th January 1915, on his appointment as aide-de-camp to General Hutton and held the same office in the Head Quarters Staff under General Forester Walker.

 

In July 1915 he went to the Front and fought in the Battle of Loos (September 1915) and remained in the trenches for most of the year before his death.

 

He was gazetted Temporary Captain on 1st February 1916 and Captain in May 1916.

 

He was mentioned in dispatches on June 30 1916, which prompted the Major -General in charge of the 37th Division to write to him:

 

“Your Commanding Officer and Brigade Commander have informed me that you have distinguished yourself by your conduct in the field. I have read their report with much pleasure.”

 

It was noted after his death that “his military career was one of much promise, and by his death a capable officer has been lost.”

 

His body was found, brought in and buried after the Armistice.

 

He left £2002.12s 7d in his Will to his father, Fredrick Harold Sampson.

 

Walter had three brothers who served in the war.

 

Captain Herbert Henry Sampson FRCS MC was an Old Veseyan who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and survived the war.

 

Second Lieutenant Frederick Harold Sampson (Old Veseyan) was a Corporal in the Inns of Court O.T.C. based in London. They were an important officer-training organization. Fred was later commissioned as Second Lieutenant and survived the war.

 

His brother Frank Sampson was an army cadet.

 

He also had a sister Marjory.

 

A Miss D G Everitt of Herne Bay, Kent wrote to the War Office on 27 July 1916 inquiring after Walter when two of her letters to him went unanswered. They replied informing her that he had been killed in action.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

HAROLD ERNEST SANBY

 

Harold Ernest Sanby was the brother of William Worthington Sanby – see the next entry

 

Harold Ernest Sanby was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He enlisted on 28 August 1914 in Manchester with the Rifle Brigade 9th Battalion (Prince Consort’s Own) – Sergeant B/1626

 

He was killed in action on 9 August 1915 (France & Flanders)

 

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

 

He is also commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/102 B/8 page 1166

 

Army Service Record

 

Harold Ernest Sanby enlisted in Manchester when he was 29 years old.

 

He was single and worked as a buyer.

 

He has previously served with the Worcestershire Yeomanry Reserve.

 

He was sent to Winchester on 29 August 1914 and posted on 1 September 1914.

 

He was promoted to acting corporal on 6 April 1915 and to corporal on 6 July 1915.

 

He was promoted to sergeant on 6 August 1915 three days before he was killed.

 

His next of kin were Arthur Hill Sanby, father; Ellen Sanby, mother of “The Gables”, Stratford on Avon; Arthur Auberge Sanby, brother 31 of “The Gables”, Stratford on Avon; Leslie Ockleston Sanby, brother 28 of “Glen Gowan”, Willow Avenue, Edgbaston; Gertrude Sanby sister 40 of “The Gables”; Maud Sanby sister 39 of “Hill Crest”, Field Avenue, Stratford on Avon and Mrs Duncan Mathieson, sister 29 of “The Gables”.

 

His possessions – fountain pen, disc, photos, letter, metal watch and a coin were sent to his mother at ‘The Gables’ on 21 June 1920.

 

Harold Ernest Sanby was the son of Mr and Mrs A H Sanby of “Wellfield”, Sutton Coldfield and the brother of William Worthington Sanby

 

“He gave up a good position with a Manchester firm (T H Rigby) to enlist as a private with a number of his friends.

 

He had repeatedly refused a commission.

 

Whilst in the trenches, the senior sergeant was wounded and Sanby was placed in charge of the platoon.

 

Whilst engaged in leading an attack in which the Germans used burning liquid.

 

He was struck on the head by a piece of shell and expired soon after.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 21.8.1915

 

1911 census 23 Brundrells Road, Chorlton, South Manchester

 

Annie Johnson                        U         44        Householder                                        b Bridlington, Yorks

Harrold Ernest Sanby             U         26        Boarder – Waterproof goods buyer    b Newcastle on Tyne

 

 

1911 census “Hazelwell Hall”, Kings Heath, Birmingham

 

Arthur Hill Sanby                     M         56        Commercial traveller, cotton manu.   b Manchester

Ellen Sanby                             M         55        Married 33 years, 9 children 1 died    b Manchester

Helen Sanby                           U         21                                                                    b Manchester

Leslie O Sanby                       U         20        Commercial traveller – sauce maker b Manchester

William W Sanby                                15                                                                    b Birmingham

Eleanor Leatham                    U         29        Cook                                                   b Dudley

Eveline Moseley                     U         18        Housemaid                                          b Rotherham

 

1901 census

 

The only member of the family that was found was Leslie O Sanby.

 

He was at Bourne College, Quinton. He was aged 10 and was a scholar. He was born in Manchester.

 

1891 census “Riversdale”, Blackfield Lane, Broughton, Manchester

 

James Sanby                          M         66        Fine art dealer                                     b Sutton St Mary, Lanc

Hannah Sanby                        M         60                                                                    b Gedway, Lancs

Herbert Sanby                                    U         36        Cashier                                                b Broughton

Harold E Sanby                                    7        Grandson                                            b Newcastle

Helen Sanby                                         2        Grand -daughter                                 b Chorlton cum Hardy                       

Probate

 

Harold Ernest Sanby of Brundrells Road, Chorlton cum Hardy died on 9 August 1915 in Flanders killed in action.

 

Administration was granted in London on 3 March 1916 to Thomas Wilson cigar maker

 

Effects: £736 11s 10d

 

 

Leslie O Sanby

 

Leslie O Sanby joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in August 1914 – Private 15/813

 

He was discharged on medical grounds on 24 November 1914      

 

WILLIAM WORTHINGTON SANBY

 

William Worthington Sanby was the brother of Harold Ernest Sanby – see the previous entry

 

William Worthington Sanby was born in Birmingham. He enlisted with the City Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment on its formation in August 1914 – Lance Corporal 764. He gained a commission on 16 April 1915 with the Northumberland Fusiliers 20th Battalion (1st Tyneside Scottish) – Second Lieutenant

 

“He was killed in action 1 on July 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 21 whilst attacking La Boisselle on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.” (FDOS)

 

“A sap mine was exploded at 7.28.am and the 20th battalion Northumberland Fusiliers attacked down Mash Valley across 800 yards of no man’s land.

 

The attack was cut down by machine gun fire. A few isolated parties made the front line but were all killed. The total battalion losses for the day were 584 officers and men.” (SDBD)

 

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

 

William W Sanby is also commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

He is commemorated on the King Edwards Grammar School Roll of Honour (Alison Wheatley)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals NF/OFF 112 page 241

 

His service record was not found online

 

“William Worthington Sanby was the son of Arthur and Ellen Sanby of “The Gables”, Stratford upon Avon and previously of Hartopp Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

His brother Harold Ernest also fell during the war.

 

He was educated at King Edwards Grammar School, New Street, Birmingham.

 

He joined the 1st City Battalion on its formation and was granted a commission in the Northumberland Fusiliers in spring 1915. He went to France in January 1916.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 16.7.1916)

 

1911 census “Hazelwell Hall”, Kings Heath, near Birmingham

 

Arthur Hill Sanby                     M         56        Commercial traveller – cotton manu. b Manchester

Ellen Sanby                             M         55        Married 33 years, 9 children 1 died    b Manchester

Helen Sanby                           U         21                                                                    b Manchester

Leslie O Sanby                       U         20        Commercial traveller – sauce maker b Manchester

William W Sanby                                15                                                                    b Birmingham

Eleanor Leatham                    U         29        Cook                                                   b Dudley

Eveline Moseley                     U         18        Housemaid                                          b Rotherham

 

Probate

 

William Worthington Sanby of “Wellfield”, Hartopp Road, Sutton Coldfield, Second Lieutenant 20th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers died on 1 July 1916 in France.

 

Administration was granted in Birmingham on 29 December 1916 to Arthur Hill Sanby, commission agent

 

Effects: £37 9s 6d

 

WALTER SCOTT

 

Walter Scott was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted in Birmingham with the 3rd City Battalion in 1914 (WML) and transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 16th Battalion – Private 448

 

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

 

“The 16th Battalion RWR was involved in action at Delville Wood on 27 July. The temperature was 81 F and it was hazy but becoming clearer in the afternoon. There was 8 mm of rain.” (SDBD)

 

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

 

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

 

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B29 page 6236 and the 1915 Star Medal L/6B page 450

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915.

 

His service records were not found.

 

“Walter Scott was the son of Herbert and Clara Scott of “Alderwin Place”, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He attended Green Lanes School and was a member of St Michaels Football Club.

 

He was also a member of St Michael’s Church Bible Class.

 

Before the war he was employed as a piano tuner and repairer for Messrs Shaw & Bland, Lozells Road in Birmingham.

 

He was attached to the Machine Gun section and went to the front in November 1915. He was killed instantaneously by shrapnel.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 26.8.1916)

 

“In loving memory of Walter, the only son of Mr and Mrs Scott who was killed in action 27 July 1916. Greatly missed.”

 

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 26.7.1919)

 

 

1911 census “Alderwin Place”, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

Herbert Scott                          M         46        Gardener                                             b Wrenbury, Cheshire

Clara Scott                              M         47        Married 19 years – 1 child                  b Sutton Coldfield

Walter Scott                            U         18        Piano tuner                                          b Sutton Coldfield

 

WALTER JOHN SEATON

 

Walter John Seaton was born at Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield when he was called up on 13 June 1916 with the Essex Regiment 66th (Provisional) and later with the 5th Battalion – Private 5118

 

He died 17 on August 1916 aged 37

 

He probably died at one of four military hospitals in Ipswich from blood poisoning following an injection.

 

The death of Walter John Seaton was registered September 1916 Ipswich 4a 597 aged 37

 

He was buried at St Michaels Church, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield Plot 214

 

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

 

The Army Medal Card and Service Record

 

These were not found.

 

Walter John Seaton was the son of Henry and Mary Seaton of Kings Lynn and the husband of Eliza Seaton of 262 Highbridge Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.

 

The marriage of Walter John Seaton and Eliza James was registered June 1900 Aston 6d 44

 

“He was married and had two daughters. He was employed as a button burnisher at Buttons Ltd, Portland Street in Aston.

 

He was a campanologist at St Michaels Church in Boldmere.

 

He was called up on 13 June 1916. He died of blood poisoning following an injection.

 

A muffled peal of bells was rung in his memory at the church.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 26.8.1916)

 

1911 census “Linden Villa”, Highbridge Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Walter Seaton                         M         32        Button burnisher                                  b Kings Lynn

Eliza Seaton                            M         32        Married 11 years – 2 children             b Heath Town, Staffs

Eliza Seaton                                        10                                                                    b Aston

Frances Seaton                                    8                                                                    b Aston

 

1901 census Alfred Street, Aston

 

Walter Seaton                         M         22        Button burnisher                                  b Kings Lynn

Eliza Seaton                            M         22                                                                    b Wolverhampton

Eliza Seaton                                          3 months old                                                 b Aston

 

1891 census – not found

 

1881 census High Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

 

Henry Seaton                          M         46        Master tailor – employs 10 men         b Chelmsford, Essex

Mary Seaton                           M         41                                                                    b Stourbridge

Henry Seaton                                      14        Tailor’s apprentice                               b Ross, Herefordshire

Edith Seaton                                         9                                                                    b Ross

Fitzgerald Seaton                                  8                                                                    b Ross

Alice Seaton                                          6                                                                    b St Neots, Huntingdon

Lucy Seaton                                          5                                                                    b Birmingham

Walter Seaton                                       2                                                                    b Kings Lynn

Claude Seaton                                      8 months old                                                 b Kings Lyn

 

HERBERT REGINALD SEELEY

 

Herbert Reginald Seeley is the correct name on the printed list for the memorial stone mason and the Roll of Honour for the unveiling of the memorial in 1922 (Sutton Coldfield Library).

 

His name is typed in full on the list.

 

It is not clear who Herbert Reginald Seeley is at this time and no one of that name has been linked to Sutton Coldfield. Various spellings of the name were researched, to no avail.

 

There was Herbert Seeley who served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment- Private 40573 then the Royal Irish Rifles – Private 16/52705.

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals B/104 B22 page 3792

 

This Herbert Seeley has not been linked to Sutton Coldfield.

 

There was Frederick Herbert Seeley (Sealey) who was born at Alvechurch. He lived at Sutton Coldfield at the time he was serving in the army.

 

He enlisted with the 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment – Private 251733

 

He died on 2 November 1917 at Palestine.

 

He was 32 and the husband of Gertrude Seeley of Newton Regis, Tamworth. He was commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial.

 

1911 census 27 School Lane, Kenilworth

 

Frederick Herbert Sealey       M         25        Gardener                                             b Alvechurch

Gertrude Sealey                     M         30        Married 2 years – 1 child                    b Hixon, Staffs

Winifred Jean Sealey                           1                                                                    b Chiddington, Kent

 

On the 1914/1915 Electoral Roll, Frederick Herbert Seeley was living at 67 Park Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

 

This was the only Herbert Seeley found on the 1911 census with a local connection

 

1911 census 16 Dugdale Street, Ladywood, Birmingham

 

William Seeley                        M         38        General labourer                                 b Smethwick

Jane Seeley                            M         38                                                                    b Birmingham

Matilda Seeley                                    16                                                                    b Birmingham

Herbert Seeley                                    12                                                                    b Birmingham

Samuel Seeley                                   11                                                                    b Smethwick

Nellie Seeley                                         8                                                                    b Smethwick

Albert Seeley                                        7                                                                    b Smethwick

Lizzie Seeley                                         6                                                                    b Smethwick

William Seeley                                      4                                                                    b Smethwick

 

There is no obvious link for this Herbert Seeley to Sutton Coldfield at this time.

 

Herbert Reginald Seeley could have moved to district between 1911 and the end of the war.

Nothing further can be added about Herbert Seeley at this time.

 

CHARLES JOHN SHEARS

 

Charles John Shears was born at Hodstone, Leicestershire. He enlisted on 7 September 1914 at Birmingham with the Dorsetshire Regiment 6th Battalion – Private 11870

 

He spent time with the Royal Engineers and then transferred back to the Dorsetshire Regiment.

 

He died on 24 July 1918 at Union House, Bueruase (sic) Germany whilst he was a prisoner of war. He had influenza and pneumonia. (CWGC Cemetery History and Army Records)

 

He was buried at the Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany, Plot XV.A.29

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals C/2/101 B12 page 768 and the 1915 Star Medal C/2/2/B2 page 97

 

He entered France on 13 July 1915.

 

Army Service Record

 

These are very hard to make out in parts. He lived at Walmley Ash, Minworth when he signed up on 7 September 1914. He was single and worked as a railway navvy.

 

He was 5’ 7” tall, weighed 139 pounds and had a chest measurement of 37”.

 

He was at Warwick between 7 September 1914 and 18 September 1914. He then went to Dorchester until the 21 September 1914 then to Wareham.

 

He was transferred to the Royal Engineers as a third rate railway engineer on 27 September 1916. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 4 October 1916.

 

He went back to the Dorset Regiment on 15 September 1917. He was reported missing on 21 November 1917 but this was rescinded as a mistake.

 

He was captured at Hermies by the Germans on 22 March 1918 and taken to a prisoner of war camp in Germany.

 

His death was posted at 10.30pm on 28 July 1918 on the official German list and he died from influenza and pneumonia. The death certificate stated he was 26 and his father was William Henry Shears, a farm labourer of Moor End Farm in Erdington.

 

On 10 December 1921 the army were trying to find his next of kin and his mother was tracked down as living at Hut 28, Minworth Aerodrome. The Chief Constable of Birmingham was trying to find her on behalf of the army to give her a letter. The letter is annotated ‘dead’.

 

“Charles John Shears was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Shears of “Moor End Farm”, Moor End Lane, Erdington.

 

He enlisted in September 1914.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 18.5.1918)

 

1911 census Curdworth Village (near Sutton Coldfield)

 

William Henry Shears             M         40        Labourer at sewage farm                   b Middleton

Emily Kate Shears                  M         42        Married 20 years, 7 children 2 died    b Northampton

Charles John Shears              U         19        Labourer – railway                              b Leicestershire

Jane Elizabeth Shears                        17                                                                    b Leicestershire

Thomas Henry Shears                       13                                                                    b Wilnecote

William Alfred Shears                           7                                                                    b Curdworth

Ethel Margaret Shears                          1                                                                    b Curdworth

 

German Prisoner of War Camps

 

Prisoners of War

 

There were about 300,000 prisoners of war taken by the Germans. About one third were sent to camps in Germany.

 

The conditions were very poor and harsh despite being monitored by the Red Cross.

 

In June 1917 and July 1918 the Allies and the Germans exchanged hundreds of prisoners who were deemed unable to fight again. They were exchanged in the Netherlands.

 

Even so, about 12,000 allied soldiers died in captivity from wounds, illness or harsh treatment.

 

Many were forced to work in labour camps.

 

In 1918 the influenza pandemic affected these weakened soldiers and many, like Charles John Shears, succumbed to the effects of a severe viral illness.

 

During the war, dead prisoners were buried all over Germany near where they died in 180 burial grounds.

 

In 1922 it was agreed that all the men buried throughout Germany were reburied in one of four new cemeteries including the Cologne Southern Cemetery.

 

Most of the reburials took place during 1923.

 

It is likely that Charles John Shears was buried near where he died and reburied at Cologne Southern Cemetery after 1922.

 

The allies entered and captured Cologne on 6 December 1918.

 

(Source: Wikipedia)

 

 

HORACE EDGAR SHENTON

 

Horace Edgar Shenton was born at Hints near Tamworth. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion – Lance Sergeant 799

 

He died of wounds on 27 August 1917 at Chisleden Military Camp (France & Flanders) aged 38

 

He was buried at Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, Plot B.C. 33

 

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

 

Horace Edgar Shenton is commemorated on the Boer War Roll of Honour at Holy Trinity Church

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B page 30 and the 1915 Star Medal L/6B page 457

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915 and his medal card shows him as Lance Corporal and Corporal.

 

“Horace Edgar Shenton was the youngest son of the late Isaac and Mrs Mary Shenton of Sutton Coldfield.

 

He died at Chisleden Military Camp.

 

He was educated at New Hall College.

 

He played cricket for Old Maney and Sutton Town Cricket Clubs.

 

Before the war he was employed in the Automotive Machine Trade. He served eighteen months in the Boer War with the Worcestershire Yeomanry.

 

He enlisted with the City Battalion on its formation in 1914. He was wounded 31 August 1916 with shrapnel in his back.

 

He was in a hospital in Leeds.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 7.10.1916)

 

“He became the head of the Battalion Police prior to being wounded.

 

After his operation to try to remove the shrapnel he was put on light duties. 

 

His shrapnel could not be removed after several operations and he died of his wounds.

 

He was given a full military funeral.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 1.9.1917 and 8.9.1917)

 

Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club Member

 

Horace Edgar Shenton last played in the 2nd XI on 4 July 1914 against Wolverhampton away.

 

He batted at No 6 and scored 18 runs.

 

He bowled 6 overs- 1 maiden, 1 wicket for 27 runs

 

(Peter Bell, Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club)

 

 

1911 census Manor Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

Mary Shenton                         W         69                                                                    b Hill

Horace Edgar Shenton           U         33        Motor engineer                                    b Hints

 

1901 and 1891 censuses

 

The family were not found

 

1881 census “The Home Farm”, Hints, Staffordshire

 

Isaac Shenton                         M         36        Farmer of 380 acres                           b Staffs

Mary Shenton                         M         39                                                                    b Staffs

Ellen Elizabeth Shenton          U         18                                                                    b Staffs

Ernest Arthur Shenton                          7                                                                    b Staffs

Horace Edgar Shenton                         2                                                                    b Staffs

 

Probate

 

Horace Edgar Shenton of Manor Hill, Sutton Coldfield died 27 August 1917 at Chiseldon whilst on active service.

 

Administration was granted at London on 3 May 1918 to Mary Shenton, widow.

 

Effects £184 0s 3d

 

Probate

 

Ernest Arthur Shenton of Ash Villa, Maney, Sutton Coldfield died 17 October 1898

 

Administration London 24 July 1918 to Mary Shenton, widow.

 

Effects £130 12s 6d

 

 

                                 THE BRITISH MEDAL AWARDED TO HORACE SHENTON

 

       Courtesy of Pat Knight, medal enthusiast – with thanks

 

EDWARD SHINE       Distinguished Service Medal

 

Edward Shine enlisted on 15 July 1904 with the South Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Battalion – Sergeant 6847. He briefly served with the North Staffordshire Regiment (Medal Card) and gained a commission with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and during the Great War he served with the 15th Battalion – Second Lieutenant 23519

 

He was killed in action on 20 October 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 30

 

He was buried at the Viesly Communal Cemetery, Plot A1

 

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (WML)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RWR OFF/150 page 112 and the 1914 Star Medal F/2/5 page 90

 

His card is annotated that he was a Sergeant in the South Staffordshire Regiment – 6849 and briefly with the North Staffordshire Regiment but no service number is given.

 

He then served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Second Lieutenant 23519.

 

He entered France on 1 November 1914. His service records were not found.

 

His medal card is states that C A Shine makes an application for the 1914 Star in respect of the services of her late husband E Shine. This was dated 30 June 1919.

 

Edward Shine was the son of Cornelius and Elizabeth Shine of Middlesbrough and the husband of Charlotte A Shine of Sutton Coldfield.

 

The marriage of Edward Shine and Charlotte Agnes Purcell- Ellery was registered March 1913 Tamworth 6b 756

 

The death of Charlotte Agnes Shine was registered March 1925 Tamworth 6b 574 aged 41

 

The children of Edward and Charlotte Shine

 

The birth of Norah C G Shine was registered September 1913 Lichfield 6b 949

 

The birth of Edward J Shine was registered March 1915 Tamworth 6b 883

 

The birth of Mary E Shine was registered September 1916 Tamworth 6b 777

 

Charlotte Agnes Purcell- Ellery

 

She was the daughter of John Purcell and Jane Ellery. In 1891 the family were living with Jane’s grandmother, Mary Ellery, a widow and inn keeper at “The Cup Public House” in Sutton Coldfield.

 

Charlotte was 7 and born in Birmingham. Charlotte Shine lived at 208 Jockey Road Sutton Coldfield in 1918 (Electoral Roll)

 

“Edward Shine was serving with the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment at the outbreak of war.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 13.2.1915)

 

“He was wounded in the fleshy part of his left arm on 22 May 1915 and taken to hospital in Bristol.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 29.5.1915)

 

“Edward Shine was an original member of the British Expeditionary Force and fought at Mons and after seeing much action, he was wounded in the right army at Villers-Cotterets.

 

He received the Distinguished Service Medal for carrying a wounded comrade for 800 yards whilst he was also wounded. This was thought to be the first such medal awarded to a Sutton Coldfield man.

 

Once recovered from his wounds he returned to France and was wounded again.

 

Whilst back home in Sutton Coldfield recovering from his wounds, he attached himself to the City Battalion as a drill instructor.

 

He saw much heavy fighting at Givenchy, Festubert, Richelbough and Neuve Chappelle.

 

He was granted a commission in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and returned to France in May 1918.

 

He was killed in the early morning of 20 October 1918 whilst leading a company.

 

He was hit with shrapnel and killed instantaneously.

 

He was married with three children.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 2.11.1918)

 

1911 census “Whittington Barracks”, Staffordshire Regiment, near Lichfield, Staffordshire

 

Edward Shine                         U         23        Soldier                                                 b Middlesborough

 

1901 census “Children’s Home”, Coleshill, Warwickshire

 

Edward Shine                                     14        Tailor                                                    b Middlesborough

 

1891 census 4 Danby Place, Richmond Street, Huddleston, Middlesborough

 

Cornelius Shine                       M         44        Iron worker – puddler                          b Cork, Ireland

Lizzie Shine                             M         36                                                                    b Bradford, Yorks

Cornelius Shine                                     8                                                                    b Middlesborough

George Shine                                        6                                                                    b Middlesborough

Edward Shine                                       4                                                                    b Middlesborough

John Shine                                            1                                                                    b Middlesborough

 

Children’s Home in Coleshill

 

This would most certainly have been the Father Hudson home for catholic boys.

 

Father Hudson was sent to Coleshill as a temporary priest but stayed there for 35 years. A house was converted near the river Cole and a new home was built in 1905 known as St Edward’s Home.

 

The building of these homes was overseen by the Birmingham Diocesan Rescue Society for the protection of Homeless and Friendless catholic children which was formed in 1902.

 

Many of these children were sent to Canada to work in service. Some went to join the army – as would be the case for Edward Shine.

 

Quite how he became an inmate at this Coleshill home for catholic boys is a mystery.

 

HAROLD REGINALD SHORT

 

Harold Reginald Short was born in Handsworth. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Scots Guards – Lance Corporal 8524

 

He was killed in action on 11 November 1914 (France & Flanders) during the first Battle of Ypres (DOAA)

 

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

 

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

 

He was a member of Sutton Coldfield YMCA and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour (John Day YMCA)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals SG/104 B8 page 1076 and the 1914 Star Medal SG/1 page 233

 

He entered France on 13 August 1914.

 

His service records were not found online.

 

 

Harold Reginald Short was the son of the late James Short and Fanny Carter, formerly Short

 

1911 census College Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Joseph Carter                         M         69        Die maker – employer                                    b Aston

Fanny Elizabeth Carter           M         55        Not entered                                         b Birmingham

Charles Henry Carter             U         31        Die maker                                           b Aston

Joseph Walter Carter              U         23        Motor tester                                         b Handsworth

Ethel Short                              U         21        Step daughter                                     b Birmingham

Harold Short                                        15        Stepson      Toolmaker                        b Handsworth

Howard Short                                      12                                                                    b Handsworth

 

1901 census 10 Aston Terrace, Aston Lane

 

James Short                           M         61        Licenced victualler                              b Birmingham

Fanny E Short                         M         46                                                                    b Birmingham

Charlotte Short                        U         41        Daughter – barmaid                            b Birmingham

Albert Short                             U         25        Musician                                              b Birmingham

Ernest Short                            U         20        Clerk for corporation                           b Birmingham

Percival Short                         U         18        Railway clerk                                      b Birmingham

Ethel Short                                          11                                                                    b Birmingham

Harold Short                                          6                                                                    b Birmingham

Victor Short                                          3                                                                    b Birmingham

Howard Short                                        2                                                                    b Birmingham

 

JAMES SHOWELL

 

James Showell was born in Walmley. He enlisted in November 1914 in Birmingham with the Royal Garrison Artillery X 48th T.M. Battery – Gunner 53404

 

He was killed in action on 26 May 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 29 – killed by a shell (SDBD)

 

He was buried at the Beaumetz Crossroads Cemetery near Cambrai, Plot D.13

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RGA/123B page 2232 and the 1915 Star Medal RGA/1B7 page 576

 

He entered France on 20 May 1915

 

Army Service Record

 

He enlisted at the age of 26 years 3 months from 77 Reddicap Heath, Sutton Coldfield. He worked as a labourer.

 

He was sent to Gosport on 18 November 1914. He went to Rouen on 20 May 1915 then on to the 25th Trench Battery on 28 May 1915.

 

He next went to the 2nd army school on 14 August 1915 and the 3rd army school on 17 August 1915.

 

He was posted to 100 Trench Battery on 24 October 1915 then to the 45th Trench Battery.

 

He had leave in the UK between 13 December and 21 December 1915.

 

He was posted to the 48th Trench Battery on 10 October 1916 and was in hospital on 11 December 1916. He was at RGA in the Havre on 11 January 1917.

 

His next of kin were Ernest Showell 42 of Grove End, Wishaw; John Showell 38 of Hatton Asylum near Warwick and Mrs Louisa Garth 45 of 77 Reddicap Heath, Sutton Coldfield.

 

James Showell was the son of James and Eliza Showell of Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census 77 Reddicap Heath, Sutton Coldfield

 

Louisa Showell                        U         39                                                                    b Walmley

Ernest Showell                        U         34        Builder’s labourer                                b Walmley

John Showell                          U         30        Corporation labourer                           b Walmley

James Showell                       U         22        Coal dealer’s labourer                         b Walmley

 

1901 census Walmley Village, Sutton Coldfield

 

James Anderton Showell        M         53        Bricklayer                                            b Walmley

Eliza Showell                           M         51                                                                    b Lindridge, Kent

Ernest Anderton Showell        U         24        Bricklayer’s labourer                           b Walmley

John Showell                          U         20        Carter on farm                                                b Walmley

James Showell                                   12                                                                    b Curdworth, Walmley

 

Ernest Showell

 

Ernest Showell served with the Royal Army Service Corps – Private 290088

 

He survived the war and was awarded the Victory and British Medals RASC/101 B203 page 20795

 

 

 

GEORGE SIMPSON

 

George Simpson was born in Coleshill. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Warwickshire Yeomanry – Private 3567 and then transferred to the West Yorkshire Regiment 1/8th Battalion – Private 52469

 

He died of wounds on 26 May 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 36

 

He was buried at the Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, France, Plot II.A.28

 

He was commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals 0/2/104 B23 page 2836

 

His service record was not found online.

 

George Simpson was the son of William and Mary Ann Simpson of Coleshill and the husband of Beatrice Simpson of 5 Hill Village Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

 

The marriage of George Simpson and Beatrice Clough was registered December 1906 Aston 6d 13

 

1911 census Four Oaks – no road or dwelling listed, Sutton Coldfield

 

George Simpson                     M         30        Gardener                                             b Coleshill

Beatrice Simpson                   M         27        Married 4 years – 1 child                    b Hockley, Birmingham

Thomas Simpson                    U         24        Brother Groom & gardener                 b Coleshill

Josephine Simpson                              3                                                                    b Four Oaks

 

1901 census Lower High Street, Coleshill

 

William Simpson                     M         44        Gardener                                             b Berkswell, Warks

Mary Simpson                                    M         49                                                                    b Fillongley, Warks

George Simpson                     U         20        Gardener                                             b Coleshill

William Simpson                     U         18        Groom                                                 b Coleshill

Thomas Simpson                                15        Errand boy                                          b Coleshill

Minnie Simpson                                    8                                                                    b Coleshill

Florrie Simpson                                     5                                                                    b Coleshill

 

                       

WALTER ERNEST SIMPSON

 

Walter Ernest Simpson was born in Bromsgrove. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Worcestershire Regiment 14th Battalion – Private 29667

 

He was killed in action 29 April 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 21

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/102 B26 page 5707

 

His service record was not found online

 

Walter Ernest Simpson was the son of Walter and Mary Jane Simpson of 73 Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census “Retlaw House”, Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Walter Simpson                       M         48        Waggoner                                            b Inkberrow, Worcs

Mary Jane Simpson               M         55        Married 28 years – 6 children             b Tamworth

Annie Elizabeth Simpson        U         23        Dressmaker                                        b Nechells, Bham

Walter Ernest Simpson                       16        Works on farm                                                b Bromsgrove

Albert Edward Simpson                      12                                                                    b Cofton Richards Wor

 

 

Probate

 

Walter Ernest Simpson of 73 Oak Villas, Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield, Private with 14th Worcestershire Regiment died on 29 April 1917 in action in France.

 

Administration was granted at Birmingham on 2 July 1917 to Walter Simpson farm labourer.

 

Effects: £104 16s 4d

 

JAMES HENRY SLATER

 

James Henry Slater was born in Dudley Wood. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Worcestershire Regiment 2nd Battalion – Private 35905

 

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

 

He was buried at the Pigeon Ravine Cemetery, Epehy, Somme, Plot II.A.7

 

James Henry Slater is commemorated on the Walmley War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/102 B26 page 5738

 

His service record was not found online for England and Wales.

 

The only link with Sutton Coldfield appears to be that James Henry Slater living at Walmley Ash according to the 1918 Electoral Roll.

 

However, the entry for him on ‘Soldiers who died’ index (ancestry.co.uk) states that he resided at Llandovery, Carmarthen.

 

The only Slater family found in Sutton Coldfield in 1911 lived at 77 Coles Lane.

 

James Slater was a widower, aged 41 from Clent. He had two sons Harry, 18 from Stoke in Worcestershire and Cyril, 10, from Leamington Spa.

 

There appears to be no obvious link with the above family to our James Slater or with Dudley Wood or Llandovery.

 

Dudley

 

This was the only Slater family found from the Dudley area in 1911

 

1911 census Chapel Street, Hartshill, Dudley

 

Moses Slater                           M         58        Miner                                                   b Dudley

Charlotte Slater                       M         59        Married 40 years, 3 children               b Dudley

Moses Slater                                       16        Toolmaker – unemployed                   b Dudley

Tom Slater                                           11                                                                    b Hartshill, Dudley

Jim Slater                                U         23        Glass Blower                                       b Hartshill, Dudley

 

In 1901 the family lived at 148 Chapel Street, Dudley.

 

Jim Slater was James Slater from Dudley.

 

It is possible that Jim Slater moved to Sutton Coldfield after 1911.

 

At this time we cannot confirm the identity of James Henry Slater.

 

BENJAMIN SMITH

 

Benjamin Smith was born in Erdington. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 15th Battalion B Company- Private 460

 

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.8

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B30 page 6478 and 15 Star Medal L/6B page 470

 

No further military records were found for him online.

 

Benjamin Smith resided at 3 Tintern Villas, 187 Cheshire Road, Smethwick when he enlisted (SDBD).

 

Benjamin Smith was the son of Benjamin Marion and Fanny Smith of 187 Cheshire Road, Smethwick and later of 17 Holifast Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.

 

1911 census 17 Holifast Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

Benjamin Marion Smith          M         43        Railway Clerk                                     b Erdington

Fanny Smith                           M         38        Married 18 years with two children     b Burton on Trent

Benjamin Smith                      U         17        Clerk at meat company                      b Erdington

Joseph Morris Smith                             8                                                                    b Erdington

 

 

CHARLES CYRIL SMITH

 

Charles Cyril Smith was the brother of Gerald Sidney Smith – see the next entry

 

Charles Cyril Smith was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted first with the Warwickshire Regiment as Private C88 (medal card index) and then transferred to the Shropshire Light Infantry 5th Battalion – Second Lieutenant

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

RWR Private C88 and Shropshire Light Infantry Second Lieutenant

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals OFF/16 page 153 and the 1915 Star Medal OFF/16 page 23

 

His service record was not found.

 

Charles Cyril Smith was the son of the late Frederick Thomas Smith and Ada Sophia Smith

 

1911 census 32 Harman Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

Ada Sophia Smith                   W         55                                                                    b Amblecote, Staffs

Frederick John Smith             U         24        Time keeper for gas department        b Moseley

Charles Cyril Smith                 U         18        Chartered accountant’s audit clerk     b Sutton Coldfield

Gerald Sydney Smith                         17        Metal merchant’s clerk                       b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census “Westonville”, Walsall Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

Frederick T Smith                   M         50        Merchant’s clerk                                 b Birmingham

Ada S Smith                            M         44                                                                    b Amblecote

Frederick J Smith                               14                                                                    b Moseley

Charles C Smith                                   8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Gerald S Smith                                     7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Hannah Higgs                         U         56        General servant                                  b Halesowen

 

GERALD SYDNEY SMITH

 

Gerald Sydney Smith was the brother of Charles Cyril Smith – see the previous entry.

 

Gerald Sydney Smith was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps 153rd Company (Infantry) – Second Lieutenant

 

He was killed in action on 13 November 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 21

 

He was buried at the Hunters Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, Plot 2

 

Due to the fact that he died on 13 November 1916 and that this cemetery is for soldiers of the 51st Highland Division (who captured Beaumont Hamel),  it appears that he was attached to that division.

 

(CWWG Cemetery History)

 

Gerald Sydney Smith 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 OFF/22T page 165

 

He entered France on 14 May 1915

 

His Army Service Record was not found online.

 

 

Gerald Sydney Smith was the son of the late Frederick Thomas Smith and Ada Sophia Smith of Harman Road, Wylde Green

 

1911 census 32 Harman Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

Ada Sophia Smith                   W         55                                                                    b Amblecote, Staffs

Frederick John Smith             U         24        Time keeper for gas department        b Moseley

Charles Cyril Smith                 U         18        Chartered accountant’s audit clerk     b Sutton Coldfield

Gerald Sydney Smith                         17        Metal merchant’s clerk                       b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census “Westonville”, Walsall Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

Frederick T Smith                   M         50        Merchant’s clerk                                 b Birmingham

Ada S Smith                            M         44                                                                    b Amblecote

Frederick J Smith                               14                                                                    b Moseley

Charles C Smith                                   8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Gerald S Smith                                     7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Hannah Higgs                         U         56        General servant                                  b Halesowen

 

 

 

 

 

 

HARRY CARTER SMITH

 

Harry Carter Smith was born at Bath in 1898. He enlisted at Kensington with the London Regiment, 13th Islington Battalion – Private 492891

 

He was killed in action on 23 August 1918 near Boyelles (France & Flanders) aged 20

 

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

 

He was 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 TP/13/101 B3 page 285A

 

 

His Army Service Records were not found online.

 

Harry Carter Smith was the son of Henry Joseph and Alice Ellen Smith of “The Bungalow”, Kenelm Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

He lived at Holborn Circus in London when war broke out and enlisted at Kensington.

 

1911 census “The Bungalow”, Kenelm Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Henry Joseph Smith               M         44        Commercial traveller in drapery         b Downham, Essex

Alice Ellen Smith                     M         33        Married 13 years, 4 children 1 died    b East Ham, Essex

Harry Carter Smith                             12                                                                    b Bath, Somerset

Leslie William Smith                              9                                                                    b Bath, Somerset

Kenneth Frederick Smith                      1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Nellie Norris                            U         23        Domestic servant                                b Market Drayton

May Bakeley                           U         18        Nursemaid                                          b West Bromwich

 

THOMAS SMITH

 

Thomas Smith was born in Ross, Herefordshire. He enlisted at Warwick with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/8th Battalion – Private 5935

 

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

 

“The 1.8th Battalion RWR bombed forward just south of the Ovillers – Courcelette track.

 

The temperature was 81 F and it was hazy, becoming clearer in the afternoon.” (SDBD)

 

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

 

Thomas Smith is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B31 page 6573

 

His service records were not found online.

 

 

Thomas Smith was the son of Thomas John and Martha Smith of Ross in Herefordshire.

 

1911 census Church Lane, Hill (Mere Green), Sutton Coldfield

 

Emma Wilden                         W         56                                                                    b Ross, Herefordshire

Thomas Smith                                    U         27        Nephew Cab driver                             b Ross

 

1901 census 40 St James Street, Cheltenham

 

William G Wilden                    M         47        Inn keeper                                           b Malvern Link, Worcs

Emma Wilden                         M         46                                                                    b Ross

Lizzie Robinson                       U         33        Niece Assists in business                    b Ross

Kate Robinson                                      3        Niece’s daughter                                 b Cheltenham, Gloucs

Thomas Smith                                                17        Nephew Assists in business                b Ross

 

1891 census Clean Hill, Ross, Herefordshire

 

John Smith                              M         56        Stone mason                                       b Ross

Martha Smith                          M         45                                                                    b Ross

William Wilden                        M         37        Stone cutter                                        b Malvern Link

Emma Wilden                         M         36                                                                    b Ross

George Smith                         U         18        Iron monger’s porter                           b Ross

Emily Smith                                        12                                                                    b Ross

Thomas Smith                                                  7                                                                    b Ross

 

1881 census Clean Hill, Ross, Herefordshire

 

Thomas J Smith                     M         36        Stone mason                                       b Ross

Martha Smith                          M         28                                                                    b Ross

Emily Smith                                          2                                                                    b Ross

 

 

GORDON SPENCER            Military Medal

 

Gordon Spencer was born at Stratford on Avon. He enlisted on 7 April 1915 at Moseley with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (City Battalion) – Private 20410 and 2033291. He was transferred on 6 April 1916 to the Royal Berkshire Regiment 1st Battalion – Private 50642 and 16/1351

 

He was killed in action on 3 August 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 21

 

He was buried at the St Amand British Cemetery, France, Plot V.A.13

 

Army Medal Roll

 

In addition to his Military Medal he was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/105 B17 page 2989 and the 1915 Star Medal L/3C page 59

 

Army Service Record

 

He joined up on 7 October 1915 at Moseley. He was 19 years old and single.

 

He lived at 24 Riland Road and worked as an electrician.

 

He was 5’ 3 ½” tall, weighed 117 pounds and had a chest measurement of 35 ½ inches.

 

He was posted to France on 21 November 1915.

 

He was transferred to the Berkshire Regiment on 6 April 1916.

 

He was wounded in the field on 27 July 1916 with a gun -shot wound to his right forearm plus shock.

 

He was sent to No 14 Field Hospital and Wimereux on 30 July 1916.

 

He was then sent to St John’s Hospital in Hastings on 31 July 1916.

 

He suffered a contusion to his face on 15 August 1917.

 

He suffered a shell wound to his right wrist and was in hospital in Hastings between 18 December 1917 and 12 February 1918.

 

He was back with his regiment on 14 April 1918 and was killed in action on 3 August 1918.

 

His medals plus effects which included disc, letters, postcards, photos and a mirror were sent to his father on 20 December 1920.

 

His Military Medal had been sent to his father on 18 November 1918.

 

“Gordon Spencer was the son of Ernest Edward and Ada Spencer of 24 Riland Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was educated at Town School.

 

Prior to the war he was employed by the Electricity Department of Sutton Coldfield Borough.

 

He enlisted with the City Battalion April 1915.

 

He had been serving in France for two years and had been wounded three times.

 

According to a letter from his officer he was killed instantaneously and had a military funeral.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 31.8.1918)

 

“In loving memory of Private Gordon Spencer, M.M. aged 21 killed in action at Monchy on 3 August 1918.

 

Only son of Mr and Mrs Spencer 24 Riland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

(In Memorium Sutton Coldfield News 2.11.1919)

 

1911 census 24 Riland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Ernest Edward Spencer         M         37        Carpenter                                            b Adderbury, Oxon

Ada Spencer                           M         46        Married 15 years – 4 children             b Wakefield, Yorks

Gordon Spencer                                 14        Office boy at coal merchant’s                        b Stratford on Avon

Edith Annie Spencer                             8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ada Norah Spencer                              9 months old                                                 b Sutton Coldfield                  

 

ALBERT HENRY SPOKES

 

Albert Henry Spokes was born in Birmingham. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps – Private 033975

 

He died on 1 November 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 35 from pneumonia

 

He was buried at the Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France, Plot DIV.62.II.G.3

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RAOC/1C1 B26 page 2875

 

His Army Service Record was not found online.

 

Albert Henry Spokes was the son of John William and Emily Spokes of Birmingham and the husband of Caroline Spokes of “Poplars”, Avenue Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

The marriage of Albert H Spokes and Caroline Hadland was registered December 1905 Birmingham 6d 330

 

Caroline Spokes resided at Avenue Road in 1918 and 1921 (Electoral Rolls)

 

1911 census 167 Newtown Row, Birmingham

 

Albert Henry Spokes              M         28        Pawnbroker, jewellery/clothing           b Birmingham

Caroline Spokes                     M         30        Married 5 years – 1 child                    b Birmingham

Muriel Ethel Spokes                              3                                                                    b Birmingham

Alice Stokes                                        16        General servant                                  b Hill Top, Staffs

 

1901 census 167 Newtown Row, Birmingham

 

Boarding in the household of Hannah Easthope, 23, pawnbroker’s manageress from Burton on Trent

 

Albert H Spokes                      U         18        Commercial clerk                               b Birmingham

Harold A Spokes                                 14                                                                    b Birmingham

 

1891 census 167 Newtown Row, Birmingham

 

John William Spokes              M         36        Pawnbroker                                        b Birmingham

Emily Spokes                          M         34                                                                    b Birmingham

Albert H Spokes                                    8                                                                    b Birmingham

Harold A Spokes                                   4                                                                    b Birmingham

Eliza Horton                                        14        Nursemaid                                          b Birmingham

 

Baptism at St George’s Church, Newtown, Birmingham

 

Albert Henry Spokes was born on 9 February 1883 at 81 Newtown Row and baptised on 25 February 1883.

 

His parents were John William and Emily Spokes.

 

His father was a telegraph clerk.

 

JOHN STARKEY

 

John Starkey was born in Erdington. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Gloucestershire Regiment 12th (Service) (Bristol) Battalion – Private 16706

 

He died of wounds on 17 October 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 34

 

He was buried at the Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot I.F.13

 

He probably died in hospital as Abbeville was a major hospital base (CWWG Cemetery History)

 

John Starkey 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/107 B25 page 4479

 

His service records were not found online.

 

 

John Starkey was the stepson of John William and Francis Starkey and the husband of Ellen Starkey of Brickyard Lane, Greet, Winchcombe in Gloucestershire.

 

It is not clear who exactly were the parents of John Starkey.

 

The marriage of John Starkey and Ellen Blandford was registered June 1908 Aston 6d 550

 

1911 census 55 Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

John Fisher                             M         59        Gardner                                               b Winchcombe, Gloucs

Fanny Fisher                           M         59                                                                    b Perry Barr

Gertrude Fisher                       U         19        Daughter                                             b Shustoke, Warks

John Starkey                          M         28        Son of late wife – gardener                b Erdington

Ellen Starkey                          M         28        Married 2 years – 1 child                    b Winchcombe

Albert Starkey                                       2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

1901 census “Reservoir” (Lodge), Nether Whitaker, Shustoke, Warwickshire

 

William John Fisher                M         44 (sic)            Reservoir keeper                    b Winchcombe

Fanny Fisher                           M         44 (sic)                                                            b Perry Barr

John Starkey                          U         19        Woodwork labourer                            b Erdington

Ethel Fisher                                         11                                                                    b Shustoke, Warks

Gertrude Fisher                                     9                                                                    b Shustoke

 

1891 census Shustoke, Warwickshire

 

John Fisher                             M         38        Gardener                                             b Winchcombe

Frances Fisher                        M         38                                                                    b Perry Barr

Ethel Fisher                                           1                                                                    b Shustoke

 

1881 census

 

John Starkey was not found.

 

John Fisher was not found.

 

 

MARK JOHN STEELY

 

Mark John Steely was born in Erdington. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 5th Battalion – Private 22594

 

He was killed in action on 30 September 1917 (France & Flanders)

 

“The temperature was 67 F and rainfall nil.” (PDD)

 

He was buried at the Bethleem Farm West Cemetery, Messines, Ypres, Plot E.5

 

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

 

 

 

Photograph by Peter Moore 2014

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/106 B18 page 3583

 

His service record was not found online.

 

 

Mark John Steely was the son of John and Sarah Ann Steely of 1 Yew Tree Villas, Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield and the husband of Bertha Steely.

 

The marriage of Mark John Steely and Bertha Tomlinson was registered June 1916 Aston 6d 842

 

 

“Mark John Steely lived at 13 Mason Road, Erdington.

 

He was a married man.

 

Before the war, he worked in the parcels office of the LNWR.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 22.10.1917)

 

1911 census Yew Tree Villas, Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

John Steely                             M         52        Gardener                                             b Corley, Warks

Sarah Ann Steely                    M         54        Married 27 years, 6 children               b Fillongley, Warks

Arthur Steely                           U         24        Clerk on railway                                  b Walmley

Mark John Steely                   U         20        Clerk on railway                                  b Erdington

Harry Steely                            U         18        Assistant butcher                                b Erdington

Fanny Steely                                       16        Nurse                                                  b Erdington

 

 

Probate

 

Mark John Steely of 13 Mason Road, Erdington, Private with the 5th Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry died on 30 September 1917 in action in France.

 

Administration was granted in Birmingham on 18 January 1918 to Bertha Steely, widow

 

Effects: £79 18s

 

ALFRED STEVENS              Military Medal

 

Alfred Steven was born at Shirley, Warwickshire. He enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps 99th Field Ambulance – Private 74412

 

He died at Keighley Military Hospital on 30 April 1918 from wounds.

 

He was buried at Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, Plot A.C.307 – this is not a CWWG headstone.

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Military Medal in 1917.

 

He was also awarded the Victory and British Medals RAMC/101 B100 page 7742 and the 1915 Star Medal RAMC/7B page 530

 

He entered France on 16 November 1915.

 

His service records were not found online.

 

Alfred Stevens was the son of John and Kate Stevens of Shirley, Warwickshire and the husband of Edey Winifred Baugham Stevens of “Mullion”, Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

The marriage of Alfred Stevens and Edey Winifred B Cooper was registered September 1914 Tamworth 6b 896

 

Edey Cooper was the daughter of Alfred W Cooper. She was born in 1891 in Warwick.

 

His father in law was Alfred William B Cooper of “Mullion”, Holland Road. He was a house decorator.

 

“Alfred Stevens was married but had no children.

 

Before the war he was employed at the Britannic Assurance Head Office.

 

He was awarded the Military Medal for carrying wounded soldiers whilst under shell fire continuously for 72 hours after having being hit himself.

 

Whilst at home on leave in August 1917, the Britannic Assurance awarded him a gold watch and chain for his bravery and for winning his military medal.

 

He was wounded in the chest on 5 April 1917 and went to a Base hospital then was shipped to England on 18 April.

 

He died at the Keighley War Hospital in Yorkshire 30 April 1918.

 

A funeral service was held at St Peter’s Church, Maney followed by a full military funeral at Sutton Coldfield Cemetery.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 11.5.1918)

 

1911 census Balsall Heath Road, Shirley, Warwickshire

 

Kate Stevens                          W         60                                                                    b Birmingham

Edward Stevens                     U         30                                                                    b Banbury, Oxford

Alfred Stevens                                    U         22        Assurance clerk                                  b Shirley, Warks

George Stevens                      U         20        Merchant’s clerk                                 b Shirley

Hannah Jones                                     16        Account’s clerk                                   b Shirley

 

 

1901 census 48 Gladstone Road, Aston

 

John R Stevens                      M         56        Cashier at iron works                          b Berkshire

Kate Stevens                          M         50                                                                    b Birmingham

Edward Stevens                     U         20        Clerk                                                   b Oxford

Frances Stevens                                 17                                                                    b Shirley

Alfred Stevens                                                12                                                                    b Shirley

George Stevens                                  10                                                                    b Shirley

John Stevens                                        7                                                                    b Shirley

Percival Stevens                                   6                                                                    b Shirley

 

Probate

 

Alfred Stevens of “Mullion”, Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield, Private in the 99th Field Ambulance RAMC died 30 April 1918 at the Keighley War Hospital.

 

Probate was granted at Birmingham on 27 July 1918 to Edey Winifred Baugham Stevens, widow.

 

Effects: £72 2s 17d

 

 

THOMAS HAROLD STONEHOUSE

 

Thomas Harold Stonehouse was the Great Uncle of Peter Moore (Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project).

 

Thomas Harold Stonehouse was born in 1895 in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Birmingham on 26 August 1914 (WML) with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps 9th Battalion – Rifleman A/1967

 

He was killed in action on 16 July 1915 (France & Flanders) aged 20 (Ypres)

 

He has no known grave and was commemorated on the Menin Gate Panels 51 & 53

 

Thomas H Stonehouse is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield United Reform Church Roll of Honour

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals M/101 B 13 page 387 and 1915 Star Medal M/JB page 75

 

Army Service Record

 

(Harold) Thomas Stonehouse enlisted on 26 August 1914 at Birmingham with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

 

He lived at 41 Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield. He was single aged 19. His occupation was that of silversmith.

 

He was 5’ 4 ½ inches tall and weighed 130 pounds. His chest measurement was 34”. He had a fresh complexion with grey eyes and brown hair.

 

He had scars on both sides of his neck and on the right side of his face. He was Church of England.

 

He was sent to Winchester on 27 August 1914 and posted on 30 August 1914 to the 9th Battalion.

 

He remained in England until 19 May 1915 and was killed in action on 16 July 1915 at Ypres.

 

His father was sent his medals on 25 February 1920.

 

Thomas Harold Stonehouse was the son of Thomas and May E Stonehouse of 41 Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield

“Sutton Coldfield News 10 July 1915”

 

Private Tom Stonehouse of the King’s Royal Rifles, writes to his parents in Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

“We are just having a few days rest after a rough time last week. It wasn’t half an experience that shell fire. I don’t want to experience it like that again anyway.

 

Last week we had to take rations and water up to the trenches every night; it is the worst job in the war, and they have guns and snipers set on the trench we have to go up.

 

You know John Salt, who came down for me once. He was very badly hit one night on that job. A shell burst right in front of him.

 

He is hospital now… that’s another score to wipe off, when we get the chance. Ypres is all a mass of ruin just as though an earthquake had shook the lot down. The sights I have seen – it’s too horrible to think about. I shouldn’t like to tell you all I have seen.

 

I shall be glad when we get the chance to get at them. They run like the devil when our soldiers make a charge.

 

The John Salt referred to in the letter is, we understand, a Whitehouse Common man. Rifleman Stonehouse enlisted in August last.”

 

 

 

1911 census 41 Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Thomas Stonehouse               M         44        Brazier silversmith                              b Sutton Coldfield

May Emily Stonehouse          M         35        Married 18 years – 8 children             b Sutton Coldfield

Jack Reginald Stonehouse                 17        Brazier silversmith                              b Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Harold Stonehouse               16        Gardener                                             b Sutton Coldfield

Norman James Stonehouse               10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Vera Ann May Stonehouse                   5                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Winifred Mary Stonehouse                   3                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Frank Leonard Stonehouse                  2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ida Elizabeth Stonehouse                   10 months old                                                 b Sutton Coldfield

 

The eighth child was William Ernest Stonehouse, 11. He was staying with his Aunt and Uncle William and Sarah Baker at Sherifoot Lane, Hill, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Thomas Harold Stonehouse was listed on the 1913/1914 Electoral Roll at 41 Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

THOMAS HAROLD STONEHOUSE

 

 

THE PLAQUE OF THOMAS HAROLD STONEHOUSE

 

THE STONEHOUSE FAMILY IN 1910 AT 41 TAMWORTH ROAD

 

Tom is on the back row furthest right and his brother Jack is next to him

 

 

Jack Reginald Stonehouse

 

Jack Stonehouse served with the Royal Army Medical Corps as Private 1855

 

He entered France 27 May 1915 and was discharged from the army on 26 May 1919

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RAMC/ 101/ B47 page 3358 and the 1915 Star Medal RAMC 13B page 1056

 

Jack survived the war but experienced ill health after being gassed and died on 13 March 1933 aged 39.

 

Jack Stonehouse married Florence Oakey in 1920 at Sutton Coldfield

 

They had five children – Kathleen, Douglas, Reginald, Irene and Dorothy.

 

 

Jack Reginald Stonehouse

 

THOMAS STONEHOUSE

 

Thomas Stonehouse was a first paternal cousin to Thomas Harold Stonehouse. (Stonehouse family tree - Yvonne Moore)

 

Thomas Stonehouse was born in Prescot in Lancashire. He enlisted at Birmingham on 3 June 1912 with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st Battalion – Private 19. He was re-attested in 1914 with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st and then 2nd Battalion, ‘A’ Company as a Private and was promoted – Lance Corporal 4715

 

He was killed in action on 6 July 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 21

 

He was buried originally at the Force Chateaux Cemetery which was 2 ½ miles East of Bethune and reinterred in 1920 at the Gorre British Cemetery, Beuvry, France, Plot II.A.21 (service record)

 

Thomas Stonehouse 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 J/2/102 B page 74 and the 1914 Star Medal J/2/4/ page 258.  He entered France on 6 October 1914.

 

Army Service Record

 

These are badly burnt in many places.

 

Thomas Stonehouse joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 3 June 1912 in Birmingham.

 

He was 17 years old and lived at Shenstone Villas, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He worked as a town labourer (presumably for the Corporation).

 

He had previously worked as a railway porter at Wylde Green Railway Station (LNWR) for five months and had been made redundant (a reference was obtained by the army).

 

He was 5’ 4 and 3/8” tall, weighed 122 pounds, had a chest measurement of 33 inches. He had grey eyes and brown hair and was Church of England.

 

He was declared fit to serve in the army reserve at Birmingham.

 

He was sent to Wrexham and drilled between 3 June 1912 and 2 November 1912.

 

He then went for musketry training. He was in the UK on 19 March 1914 and mobilised on 5 August 1914.

 

He was posted again on 1 November 1914 to France with the 1st Battalion then re-joined the 2nd Battalion on 22 April 1915.

 

He was posted again on 3 May 1915.

 

He was in the field on 15 July 1915 then sent to the Field Ambulance at St Omar on 6 October 1915.

 

He was on a charge for two days on 2 August 1915 for being discourteous on parade.

 

He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 6 October 1915.

 

He had leave between 6 January 1916 and 13 January 1916.

 

He was killed in action on 6 July 1916.

His next of kin was his mother Emily Stonehouse of 6 Shenstone Villas, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

His mother was sent his personal possessions, his medals and memorial scrolls.

 

Thomas Stonehouse was the son of William and Emily Stonehouse of 6 Shenstone Villas, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

“He is reported to have been killed by a shell. He had been at the front since August 1914.

 

His mother was presented with his 1914 Star Medal by the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 2.8.1919)

 

1911 census 22 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

 

William Stonehouse                M         41        Silversmith                                          b Sutton Coldfield

Emily Stonehouse                   M         40        Married 22 years - 6 children 1 died   b Dublin

William John Stonehouse       U         19        Rubber tester                                      b Shorncliffe, Kent

Thomas Stonehouse                           16        Assistant land surveyor                       b Prescot Lancs

Annie Stonehouse                               13                                                                    b Birmingham

Ernest Stonehouse                             11                                                                    b Birmingham

James Stonehouse                               1        died                                                     b Birmingham

Ethel Stonehouse                                  7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

 

ERNEST STORER

 

Ernest Storer was born in Erdington. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion – Private 28438

 

He was killed in action on 7 May 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 19

 

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

 

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B32 page 6783

 

His service record was not found online.

 

 

Ernest Storer was the only son of Arthur and Jane Storer of 375 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census 19 Sheffield Road, Erdington

 

Arthur Storer                           M         40        Plasterer                                              b Sutton Coldfield

Jane Storer                             M         40        Married 18 years, 3 children 1 died    b Aldershot

Elsie Storer                                         16        Dressmaker                                        b Erdington

Ernest Storer                                       13                                                                    b Erdington

 

 

FREDERICK STREATHER

 

Frederick Streather was born at Brigstock, Northampton. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield on 2 March 1916 with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 41272. He was transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles – Private 52632 then he served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Battalion (North Irish Horse) – Private 43501

 

He was killed in action on 1 October 1918 (France & Flanders) aged 19

 

He was buried firstly at a small unspecified burial ground then exhumed and reinterred in 1920 at the Dadizeele New British Cemetery, near Menin, Plot II.C.18

 

Frederick Streather is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals B/103 B13 page 1698

 

Army Service Record

 

In places this is hard to read and follow.

 

It seems that he signed up at Sutton Coldfield on 2 March 1916 and had a medical examination on 27 March 1916 at Curzon Hall in Birmingham.

 

He was 18 and worked as a builder’s labourer. He was single.

 

He lived at “Mauntley”, Mere Green Road and his next of kin was his father Charles Herbert Streather.

 

It seems that he was sent to Rouen on 8 April 1916 and transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles 10th Battalion.

 

He was in England on 9 October 1917 and sent to France on 2 April 1918 with the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

 

His father was sent a letter in 1920 explaining that his son’s body would be exhumed from the small unspecified burial ground where he was originally buried and reinterred at the Dadizeele Cemetery.

 

His father was sent his medals and scroll on 19 September 1920.

 

His next of kin were listed as Charles and Elizabeth Streather of Mere Green Road; Herbert Garfield Streather 31 and Harry Streather 28 of Mere Green Road; Lizzie Tidmas 27 of 48 High Street, Sutton Coldfield; Isabella Streather 25 of Mere Green Road and Gertrude Gaunt 22 of 44 High Street, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Note: Lizzie Tidmas was the wife of George James Tidmas who died on 16 December 1918

 

Frederick Streather was the son of Charles Herbert and Elizabeth Streather of “Heathfield Cottage”, Walsall Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census “The Poplars”, Whitehouse Common, Sutton Coldfield

 

Charles Herbert Streather      M         45        Bricklayer                                            b Brigstock, Northants

Elizabeth Ann Streather          M         43        Married 24 years, 6 children               b Oundle, Northants

Herbert Garfield Streather      U         22        Bricklayer                                            b Brigstock

Harry Streather                       U         20        House painter                                      b Brigstock

Gertrude Streather                              14                                                                    b Brigstock

Frederick Streather                             11                                                                    b Brigstock

 

 

 

 

1901 census Lyvedon Road, Brigstock, Northants

 

Charles Herbert Streather      M         35        Builder – employer                              b Brigstock

Elizabeth A Streather              M         33                                                                    b Oundle

Herbert G Streather                            12                                                                    b Brigstock

Harry Streather                                   10                                                                    b Brigstock

Lizzie Streather                                     8                                                                    b Brigstock

Helena Streather                                   6                                                                    b Brigstock

Gertrude Streather                                4                                                                    b Brigstock

Frederick Streather                               1                                                                    b Brigstock

 

 

Harry Streather

 

Harry Streather joined the Royal Engineers – Sapper 51523.

 

He enlisted at Birmingham on 10 September 1914.

 

He was demobilised on 25 May 1919 to “Chatham”, Mere Green Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RE/101 B23 page 4955 It appears that Frederick Streather was a cousin of George Streather. The Streather family became well known house builders in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGE STREATHER

 

George Streather was born at Thrapston, near Brigstock in Northamptonshire. He enlisted at Birmingham firstly with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry – Private 49321 and was transferred to the Royal Engineers 78th Field Company – Sapper 179307

 

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

 

He was buried at the Doullens Communal Cemetery, Extension No 1, France, Plot V.D.27

 

He is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RE/101 B215 page 52943

 

His service record was not found online.

 

 

George Streather was the son of John and Ann Streather of Sutton Coldfield

 

1911 census “Garden Cottage”, Clarence Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

John George Streather           M         51        Brick layer                                           b Brigstock, Northants

Ann Rebecca Streather          M         48        Married 30 years 5 children 2 died     b Brigstock

George Streather                    U         24        Brick layer                                           b Brigstock

Annie Bickley                          M         29        Daughter Married 1 year, 1 child        b Brigstock

John Bickley                           M         28        Son in law Labourer on estate            b Sutton Coldfield

Irene Mary Bickley                               1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

           

John Bickley served in the army with the 358 Corps, 38th Siege battery, Royal Gun Artillery as Gunner 91996.

 

He survived the war and died in 1955.

 

He married Annie Streather in 1910.

 

 

It appears that George Streather was a cousin of Frederick Streather.

 

The Streather families went on to be major house builders in Sutton Coldfield.

 

ALBERT G SYLVESTER

 

Albert Sylvester was born in Birmingham. It seems that he was a career soldier. He enlisted at Birmingham with the Royal Field Artillery 4th Brigade– Gunner /Acting Bombardier 56700

 

He died on 4 July 1917 (Mesopotamia) aged 27 from diahorrea (Army Medal Card Index)

 

He was buried at the Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery, Iraq, Plot VI.G.6

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RFA/187 B page 17411 and the 1914 Star Medal RFA/37 page 42

 

He was awarded a Clasp 2/3027.

 

He entered France on 14 October 1914 and died on 4 July 1917 from diahorrea.

 

His service records were not found so it is not known when he actually joined the army prior to the 1911 census.


Albert Sylvester was the son of Thomas and Sarah Annie Sylvester

 

1911 census Royal Field Artillery, India – place not stated

 

Albert Sylvester                      U         22        Gunner- absent en route to                 b Birmingham

Ranikes, India

 

1911 census “Railway Inn”, Station Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Thomas Sylvester                   W         53        Publican                                              b Birmingham

Maud Sylvester                       U         23        Assists in business                              b Birmingham

Nellie Sylvester                       U         18                                                                    b Birmingham

Horace Sylvester                                13                                                                    b Birmingham

 

1901 census 177 Nechells Park Road, Birmingham

 

Thomas Sylvester                   M         43        Cycle maker                                       b Birmingham

Sarah Sylvester                      M         42                                                                    b Birmingham

Maud Sylvester                                   13                                                                    b Birmingham

Albert Sylvester                                  12                                                                    b Birmingham

Nellie Sylvester                                     8                                                                    b Birmingham

Horace Sylvester                                  3                                                                    b Birmingham

 

Probate

 

Albert Sylvester of the “Kings Arms”, Coleshill Road, Sutton Coldfield died 4 July 1917 at Basra, Mesopotamia

 

Administration was granted at Birmingham on 13 April 1926 to Maud Sylvester, spinster

 

Effects: £247 5s 7d

 

SIDNEY AUGUSTAS TURNER TAYLOR

 

Sidney Taylor was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at the outbreak of the war. He then gained his commission with the Worcestershire Regiment 12th Battalion – Second Lieutenant. He was attached to the Machine Gun Corps 218th Company

 

He died of wounds on 17 April 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 25

 

He was injured at Gouzeaucourt on 3 April 1917

 

He was buried at the St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Plot: Officers B.5.30

 

Sidney Taylor is commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll/ Army Service Record

 

These were not found online.

 

Sidney Taylor was the eldest son of Sidney Middleton Taylor and Mary Elizabeth Taylor of Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

“He was educated at Lickey Hills School and Uppingham School.

 

He was a director of Messrs Heaton & Taylor Ltd of Birmingham, Wholesale Shoe Mercers based in Crooked Lane, Birmingham.

 

He was a member of Sutton Coldfield Swimming Club and a member of Handsworth Rugby Club.

 

He joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at the outbreak of war and was gazetted to the Worcestershire Regiment in January 1915.

 

He was previously wounded in the autumn of 1915 at the Hohenzollern Redoubt (Battle of Loos).

 

He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps in autumn 1916 and was sent back to the UK for training.

 

He returned to the front in March 1917 and was hit by a bullet whilst trying to aid his wounded section sergeant.

 

His parents were able to visit him before he died.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 28.4.1917)

 

“Sidney Taylor has been commemorated on the glass memorial window at All Saints Church, Belwell Lane, Four Oaks.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield news 17.5.1919)

 

1911 census – the family were not found.

 

1901 census “Luttrell House”, Hartopp Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

Mary E Taylor                         M         40                                                                    b Erdington

Sidney E Taylor                                     9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Cecil M Taylor                                       6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Eliza Cooper                           U         26        Cook                                                   b Coleshill

Winifred Cox                           U         19        Housemaid                                          b Edgbaston

 

1901 census 5 Queen Street, Glasgow

 

Sidney M Taylor                      M         41        Visitor - Button manufacturer             b Aston

 

1891 census “Holly Cottage”, Lichfield Road, Four Oaks

 

Sidney M Taylor                      M         31        Haberdasher – employer                    b Birmingham

Mary E Taylor                         M         30                                                                    b Erdington

Emily Yates                             U         19        Domestic servant                                b Oxford

 

 

The marriage of Sidney Middleton Taylor and Mary (surname not found) was registered September 1890 Aston 6d 561

 

 

In 1881 and 1871, Sidney Middleton Taylor lived at “The Larches” in Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield with his parents Samuel and Selina Taylor.

 

Samuel Taylor was a factor/ employer from Birmingham.

 

They had at least eleven children.

 

 

BERTIE LEONARD TEASDALE

 

Bertie Leonard Teasdale was born in Walmley. He enlisted in Birmingham with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/6th Battalion – Private 3578

 

He was killed in action on 19 July 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 21

 

He was buried at the Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, France, Plot VI.1.11

 

He is commemorated on the Walmley War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals l/104 B33 page 6970

 

His Army Service Record was not found online.

 

 

“Bertie Leonard Teasdale was the son of Thomas Teasdale of 6 Walmley Cottages, Penns Lane, Walmley.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield news 2.9.1916)

 

1911 census 6 Walmley Cottages, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield

 

Thomas Joseph Teasdale       M         57 (sic) Railway platelayer                             b Four Oaks

Mary Ann Teasdale                 M         68        Married 4 years – no children             b Birmingham

Bertie Leonard Teasdale                     16        Assistant milk seller                            b Walmley

Norman Frank Teasdale                       8        Grandson                                            b Walmley

 

1901 census Walmley Village, Sutton Coldfield

 

Thomas Teasdale                    M         44        Platelayer on railway                          b Four Oaks

Hannah Teasdale                    M         49                                                                    b Evesham, Worcs

Thomas Teasdale                    U         20        Labourer                                              b Walmley

Walter Teasdale                                   14                                                                    b Walmley

Albert Teasdale                                   11                                                                    b Walmley

Amelia Harris                          U         20        Niece   Domestic servant                    b Evesham, Worcs

 

PERCY HORACE THACKER

 

Percy Horace Thacker was born in Wall, near Shenstone. He enlisted in August 1915 at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 15th Battalion – Private 16/1498

 

He was killed in action on 3 September 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 19

 

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

 

He was buried at the Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, Plot XXV.D.6

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B33 page 6982

 

His service record was not found online.

 

Percy Horace Thacker was the son of Frances William and Emma Etta Thacker of 12 Reddicap Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

“Percy H Thacker was a member of the congregation of the Reddicap Hill Mission.” (WML)

 

“The family moved to Sutton Coldfield in 1914.

 

Percy Thacker was a member of the Church of England Brotherhood.

 

He had belonged to a ‘boy scout’ troop that was connected to the Kingsbury Colliery.

 

Before the war he had worked as a blacksmith for Mr Oldenhall of Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He enlisted in the City Battalion in August 1915 and was sent to the front in March 1916.

 

He had been treated for shell shock at the end of July 1916.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 28.10.1916)

 

1911 census 19 Piccadilly, Kingsbury, Warwickshire

 

Francis William Thacker         M         40        Colliery carpenter                               b Brownhills

Emma Etta Thacker               M         42        Married 20 years, 9 children 1 died    b Hammerwich

Rose Alice Thacker                            15        Domestic servant                                b Wall, Staffs

Percy Horace Thacker                       13                                                                    b Wall

Evelyn Thacker                                  11                                                                    b Wall

Victoria Thacker                                   9                                                                    b Wall

Gladys Thacker                                    7                                                                    b Wall

William Henry Thacker                         4                                                                    b Wall

 

1901 census Wall Lane, Shenstone, Staffordshire

 

Frank Thacker                                    M         30        Carpenter & joiner                               b Brownhills

Emma Thacker                       M         32                                                                    b Hammerwich

Alfred Thacker                                                  7                                                                    b Wall

Alice Thacker                                        5                                                                    b Wall

Percy Thacker                                                  3                                                                    b Wall

Evelyn Thacker                                    1                                                                    b Wall

 

SYDNEY/ SIDNEY HERBERT THORNTON

 

Sidney (1911 census) Herbert Thornton was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Battalion – Private 202201

 

He died of wounds on 9 June 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 19

 

He probably died at a casualty clearing hospital (CWWG Cemetery History)

 

He was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Plot XIV.H.2

 

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

 

Photograph by Peter Moore 2014

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B33 page 7044

 

His service record was not found online.

 

Sidney Herbert Thornton was the son of Charles and Mary Thornton of 55 Holland Street, Sutton Coldfield.

 

1911 census 60 Holland Street, Sutton Coldfield

 

Charles Thornton                    M         53        Estate man – fencer/wood cutter       b Sutton Coldfield

Mary Thornton                                    M         48        Married 27 years, 11 children 1 died  b West Bromwich

Walter Thornton                      U         22        Painter in building trade                      b Sutton Coldfield

Florence Thornton                              16                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

George Thornton                                14        Gardener’s boy                                   b Sutton Coldfield

Sidney Thornton                                 13                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

May Thornton                                     10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Hubert Thornton                                    8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Ethel Thornton                                      6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

GEORGE JAMES TIDMAS (incorrect on the memorial - Tidman)

 

George James Tidmas was born at Pedmore, Stourbridge in 1889. He enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps 33rd Company – Sergeant 60819

 

He died on 16 December 1918 aged 29

 

The Machine Gun Corps 33rd Company amalgamated with the 11th Company on 28 February 1918.

 

They served along the western front during 1918 but some soldiers also served in Egypt.

 

It is not clear where George Tidmas died.

 

As he is buried at his local church, it is possible that he died of wounds in England.

 

George J Tidmas is buried at St James Church, Four Oaks, Plot 2.20

 

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

 

Flowers are left on his grave on each Remembrance Sunday but it is not known who puts them there.

 

 

 

Photograph by Yvonne Moore 2 August 2014

 

George James Tidmas was the son of Thomas and Ellen Tidmas of Stourbridge.

 

He was the husband of Lizzie Tidmas of 44 High Street, Sutton Coldfield

 

The marriage of George J Tidmas and Lizzie Streather was registered March 1917 Tamworth 6b 519

 

Lizzie Tidmas was the sister of Frederick Streather – see his entry

 

George James Tidmas and Lizzie Streather had one child who was Dorothy Maud Tidmas.

 

The birth of Dorothy Maud Tidmas was registered June 1918 Tamworth 6b 701

 

The marriage of Dorothy Maud Tidmas and Reginald G Record took place in Sutton Coldfield in 1947 at St James Church.

 

(Tina Ambrose St James Church)

No further trace of Dorothy and Reginald Record was found.

 

1911 census 1 Limekiln Row, Codnor Park, Nottinghamshire

 

Charles Howes                       M         47        Bricklayer                                            b Droitwich

Mary Howes                           M         48        Married 25 years 8 children 1 died     b Eckington

John Howes                            U         18        Canal labourer                                    b Codnor Park

Charles Howes                                   15        Engineer                                              b Codnor Park

Matilda Howes                                    13                                                                    b Codnor Park

Frances Howes                                   10                                                                    b Condor Park

Jessie Howes                                        7                                                                    b Condor Park

George Tidmas                       U         20        Nephew Canal labourer                      b Stourbridge

 

1901 census 33 Church Street, Kidderminster

 

Henry Hares                           M         45        Labourer for town council                   b Kinver

Matilda Hares                          M         44                                                                    b Eckington

George J Tidmas                                10        Nephew                                               b Pedmore, Worcs                             

1891 census Pedmore, Stourbridge, Worcestershire

 

Thomas Tidmas                      M         34        Bricklayer                                            b Leamington

Ellen Tidmas                           M         40                                                                    b Eckington

William Tidmas                                    12                                                                    b Pedmore

Ellen Tidmas                                       10                                                                    b Pedmore

Maud Tidmas                                        8                                                                    b Pedmore

Louisa Tidmas                                       6                                                                    b Pedmore

Margaret Tidmas                                   5                                                                    b Pedmore

John H Tidmas                                      3                                                                    b Pedmore

George J Tidmas                                  0                                                                    b Pedmore                 

 

1901 census Lyvedon Road, Brigstock, Northamptonshire

 

Charles Herbert Streather      M         35        Builder – employer                              b Brigstock

Elizabeth A Streather              M         33                                                                    b Oundle

Herbert G Streather                            12                                                                    b Brigstock

Harry Streather                                   10                                                                    b Brigstock

Lizzie Streather                                     8                                                                    b Brigstock

Helena Streather                                   6                                                                    b Brigstock

Gertrude Streather                                4                                                                    b Brigstock

Frederick Streather                               1                                                                    b Brigstock

 

WILLIAM HENRY TOMBS

 

William Henry Tombs was born on 21 August 1879 at Little London, Walsall. He first enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – Private 24403. He then transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment 1st Battalion – Private 41210

 

He was killed in action on 31 July 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 37

 

He was buried at the Zantvoorde British Cemetery, Ypres, Plot II.B.6 (also known as Zandvoorde – the Flemish spelling on some modern maps)

 

 

 

Photograph by Peter Moore 2014

 

“He resided at 11 Church Lane, Hill (St James Road now) and prior to the war he was a gardener in Four Oaks for 14 years.” (WML)

 

It appears likely that William Henry Tombs died in what is now called ‘The Third Battle of Ypres’.

 

“From the Worcestershire Regiment Archives we learn that the 1st Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment were involved in the first phase of the battle that ran from the early hours of 30 July 1917 (03.50 hours) to the 2 August 1917.

 

This action became known as ‘The Battle for Pilckem Ridge.”

 

The British guns redoubled their fire from the first light of dawn and the gun-fire rose in intensity whilst along the whole front of the Salient the British infantry ‘went over the top’. Following close behind the ‘creeping barrage’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ companies of the 1st Worcester’s swept forward over the enemy’s front and support line where they met little opposition.

 

A tunnel under the road behind the line was captured easily and 40 ‘cowering’ prisoners were taken.” (Worcestershire Regiment Archives)

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/102 B29 page 6306

 

 

 

William Henry Tombs was the son of William and Hannah Tombs

 

1911 census 11 Church Lane, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield

 

William Henry Tombs              M         32        Gardener – domestic                          b Walsall

Hannah Tombs                        M         31        Married 9 years, 5 children 1 died      b Walsall

Florence Annie Tombs                          8                                                                    b Walsall

Leslie Tombs                                         7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Frank Tombs                                         4                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

William Henry Tombs                            2                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

William Henry Tombs married Hannah Hall on 9 February 1902 at the Parish Church of Caldmore, Walsall

 

1901 census 240 Sandwell Street, Walsall

 

William Henry Tombs              M         44        Brown Saddler                                    b Walsall

Sarah Ann Tombs                   M         40                                                                    b Walsall

William Henry Tombs              U         21        Leather worker                                    b Walsall

George Tombs                        U         20        Spring bit forger                                  b Walsall

Joseph Tombs             U         19        Spur rowel filer                                    b Walsall

Frank Tombs                                       13                                                                    b Walsall

Charles Tombs                                      8                                                                    b Walsall

Annie Tombs                                         1                                                                    b Walsall         

 

William Henry Tombs was the grandfather of Dr Brian Hoyle

 

Brian has shared some additional materials.

 

“William Henry Tombs was born on 21 August 1879 at his mother’s home in Little London, Walsall. He was the eldest child of a large family. The 1911 census shows us that he was one of eleven children born to his mother but only four had survived – William Henry, Joseph Thomas, Frank and Charles Horace.

 

His parents were William Henry (1857 – 1929) and Sarah Ann formerly Porter (1861- 1943) who were married on 24 May 1880 at Walsall (nine months after William Henry junior was born). William Henry Tombs senior was a brown saddler working in the leather industry of Walsall.

 

The grandfather of William Henry Tombs (junior) was John Tombs (1834 – 1885) who moved away from the Welland area of south Worcestershire circa 1850 to the Birmingham area. John Tombs was an agricultural worker who sought employment in the industrial midlands.

 

He married Ellen Holder in 1854 in Walsall. They lived at Sandwell Street in Walsall where they built up a thriving grocery and bakery business. Some of their children worked in the leather and metal work industries of Walsall.

 

William Henry Tombs, born 1879, grew up and was schooled in Walsall and worked for a time in the leather industry. His wife Hannah Hall was born in 1882 at Tunstall, Staffordshire. After their marriage in February 1902, she gave birth to their first child Florence Annie later that month.

 

At the time they were married William was working as a domestic gardener. They lived at 34 Sandwell Street, Walsall for a short time.

 

They soon moved to 11 Church Lane, Mere Green. Between 1903 and 1916 eight more children were born to the couple with two dying in infancy.

 

In 1881 William Henry and his family boarded at the White Lion Inn, Sandwell Street in Walsall. His father was 24 and worked as a brown saddler and his mother was 21. William was 1 and he had a brother not yet one named George.

 

The White Lion Inn was run by George and Mary Porter, the parents of Sarah Ann Porter.

 

In 1891 the family lived at 105 West Bromwich Road, Walsall. By this time these children had been born: Joseph Thomas, 8; Frank, 3; and Arthur aged 1, all born in Walsall. John had been born in 1884 but died in 1886.

 

William and Hannah Tombs had four children after the 1911 census: Ada born 1911, Elizabeth born 1914, Joseph born 1915 and Lilian born 1916. They were all born at Sutton Coldfield.

 

Hannah Tombs died on 3 July 1922 at 11 Church Lane, Sutton Coldfield. This was the day before her 40th birthday.

 

She was buried in in unmarked grave in a corner of the churchyard at St James Church.

 

Several of her children had been baptised at St James Church.

 

Florence died in 1978 at Sutton Coldfield; Leslie died in 1964 at Walsall; Nellie died in 1906 at Sutton Coldfield; Frank died in 1975 at Birmingham; William Henry died 1995 at Brisbane Australia; Ada died in 1983 at Birmingham; Joseph died in 1915 at Sutton Coldfield and Lilian died in 1985 at Lichfield.

 

William and Hannah Tombs had four children after the 1911 census: Ada born 1911, Elizabeth born 1914, Joseph born 1915 and Lilian born 1916. They were all born at Sutton Coldfield.

 

Hannah Tombs died on 3 July 1922 at 11 Church Lane, Sutton Coldfield. This was the day before her 40th birthday.

 

Florence died in 1978 at Sutton Coldfield; Leslie died in 1964 at Walsall; Nellie died in 1906 at Sutton Coldfield; Frank died in 1975 at Birmingham; William Henry died 1995 at Brisbane Australia; Ada died in 1983 at Birmingham; Joseph died in 1915 at Sutton Coldfield; Elizabeth died at Slough in 2000; and Lilian died in 1985 at Lichfield.

 

The seven who survived to adulthood married and produced numerous descendants.

 

Up to the start of the war, the family appear to have experienced a period of stability, apart from the loss of Nellie in 1906.

 

After William enlisted, Hannah remained in Mere Green, looking after her children. When William was killed on 31 July 1917 she was left a widow with seven children aged 15 years to 1 year to bring up alone.

 

At the time, many residents, especially women living without the wages of a husband, took in lodgers or boarders.

 

It appears that this is what Hannah did to make ends meet. Three more children were born to Hannah at 11 Church Lane after William’s death: Eileen Gladys born in 1919; Nancy born in 1921 and Muriel born in 1922.

 

The father/s of these children was not given on their birth certificates.

 

Hannah Tombs died on 3 July 1922 aged 39 on the day after Muriel was born.

 

A neighbour, Elizabeth Genders of 21 Church Lane was present at Muriel’s birth and Hannah’s death.

 

The informant of Muriel’s death in 1923 was W Bagley of 31 Wiggington Road, Wiggington, just north of Tamworth. This was the place that Muriel died.

 

Brian holds a marriage certificate showing that Nancy Tombs was married.

 

Nancy Tombs aged 20 of 4 East View, Glascote married Samuel George Ghent on 7 March 1942 at Tamworth parish church.

 

Samuel George Ghent was 19, a fitter of 7 Spinning School Lane, Tamworth. He was the son of Samuel Ghent, a corporation labourer,

 

Nancy Tombs was born 19 May 1921 and died as Nancy Ghent in Sutton Coldfield on 14 April 1998.

 

Her death certificate gives Tombs as her maiden name, her correct birth date, and details of her husband Samuel George Thomas Ghent, an engineer of 13 Albion Street, Tamworth.

 

Samuel Ghent, born about 1889, died at Lichfield in 1968.

 

Nancy and Thomas Ghent had two children, but further details are withheld.

 

Florence Annie married in 1921 from 11 Church Lane. Leslie married in 1925, Frank in 1930 and Ada in 1933. They had all lived in the Mere Green area.

 

William Henry Tombs emigrated to Australia in 1926 and was married to Alice Myrtle Dakin at Gympie in Queensland in 1931. He died near Brisbane in 1995.

 

Elizabeth moved away in 1937 to Slough and was married in 1940 and again in 1979.

 

Lilian was married in the Sutton Coldfield area in 1945.

 

Numerous descendants of William Henry and Hannah Tombs are still living in England and Australia.

 

Joseph Thomas Tombs (1882 – 1945)

 

Joseph Thomas Tombs, a younger brother of William Henry Tombs, also served during the Great War.

 

He was gassed but survived. He later became a gardener.

 

It appears that Joseph T Tombs served with the South Staffordshire Regiment – Private 26141 and the Royal Army Service Corps – R/387637.

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RASC/101 B272 page 28061.

 

Francis Tombs

 

The youngest of four sons of Joseph Tombs was Francis Leonard who was born on 17 May 1924. Francis attended the Elmore Green School in Walsall and the University of London. He was an industrialist and a politician. He specialised in electricity generation.

 

He was the chair of the South of Scotland Electricity Board, the Electricity Council and Rolls Royce. He was also the President of the Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1981.

 

He was awarded a Doctorate of Science on 2 December 1985 and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology in 1991.

 

He was made a Life Peer in 1990 and took the title “Baron Tombs of Brailes”.

 

William Henry Tombs was a cousin of Lord Tombs, their fathers being brothers. Further details are withheld.”

 

Church Lane, Mere Green

 

Brian notes that other men who lived in Church Lane also died in the Great War and are recorded in this project.

 

“These were Samuel Mannall of 12 Church Lane; William Collett Godwin of 13 Church Lane in 1901 and Harold Graham Mayo who lived at 13 Church Lane in 1911.

 

In 1911, Samuel Mannall was a domestic gardener as was Harold Mayo’s late father.

 

The Tombs, Mannall and Mayo families lived next door to each other in a terrace of 21 houses.

 

Nine heads of household were domestic or jobbing gardeners in 1911.

 

Mere Green and the Sutton Coldfield area was undergoing a house building boom between the 1890’s and the start of the new century, continuing even during the Great War.”

 

 

Elizabeth Tombs (1914 – 2000) was Brian Hoyle’s mother.

 

 

Many thanks go to Brian for sharing his family history.

 

(Dr Brian Hoyle, Royal Sutton Coldfield Great War Project)

 

Photographs taken at Zantvoorde Cemetery, Belgium 2012

 

 

The photographer was Joan Isaac

 

The gravestone marked with the cross and tribute was that of William Henry Tombs

 

 

BERTRAM RUSSELL TOWNLEY

 

Bertram Russell Townley was born in Simla, India. He served with the Indian Army Reserve of Officers – Supply and Transport Corps and was attached to the South Persian Rifles– Captain

 

He died on 7 November 1918 aged 26 at Shiraz from Influenza (Indian Army Officer Index of Deaths)

 

He was buried at the Tehran War Cemetery, Iran, Plot I.F.10

 

“Captain Bertram Russell Townley of the Indian Army Reserve of officers Supply & Transport corps, attached to the South Persian Rifles died of influenza on 7 November 1918 at Shiraz.

 

He was the son of Mr and Mrs G Townley of “The Exchange”, Simla, Punjab, India.”

 

(Indian Army Officer Deaths Records)

 

Bertram Russell Townley is commemorated on the Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Roll of Honour

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

The Indian Authority issued the Victory and British Medals to Mrs Townley, mother on 22 June 1922

 

Bertram Russell Townley was the son of George and Minnie Townley

 

Baptism

 

Bertram Russell Townley was born on 4 June 1892 at Simla. He was baptised on 16 July 1892 at Simla.

 

He was the son of George and Minnie Townley of Simla. George Townley was a general merchant.

 

Bertram Russell Townley was not seen on an England census. His mother was found on the 1911 census

 

1911 census “Westwood”, Victoria Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Wentworth Harrison                M         33        School master                                     b Kensington, London

Beatrice Harrison                    M         26        Married 3 years no children                b Simla, India

Minnie Townley                       W         48        Mother in law                                      b India

 

1911 census “Fradley House”, Victoria Road, Sutton Coldfield - was boarding with Charlotte Taylor.

 

Felix Lionel Townley                U         22        Electrical engineer                              b Simla, India

 

1911census Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield

 

Claude Frank Townley                        15        Pupil                                                    b Punjab, India.

 

1911 census Allerton High School for Girls, Sutton Coldfield

 

Irene Townley                          13        Pupil                                                    b India

 

1901 census Ryde, Isle of Wight

 

George Townley                      M         44        General merchant in India                  b London

Minnie Townley                       M         38                                                                    b Agra, India

Beatrice Townley                                16                                                                    b Simla

Claude Townley                                    5                                                                    b Simla

Irene Townley                                        3                                                                    b Simla

Ellen Draper                            U         20        General servant                                  b Ryde, Hampshire

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Captain Bertram Russell Townley

Indian Army Reserve of Officers, Supply and Transport Corps

Attached to South Persia Rifles

Died: Thursday 7th November 1918

Aged: 26

 

Captain Townley was a member of the Supply and Transport Corps (attached to the South Persia Rifles) based in Shiraz, south-western Iran.

 

The Supply and Transport Corps was responsible for feeding both soldiers and horses and for transporting food, forage, equipment and munitions.

 

The Shiraz Column (which included one squad of South Persia Rifles cavalry and one squad of South Persia infantry) was formed to open the difficult road through high mountain passes to Bushire on The Gulf coast to help relieve the garrison there.

 

The Qashqai Tribe was in revolt under Shah Saulat ud-Dowleh who threatened the British interests in the area.  The column under Colonel Orton fought several skirmishes between 23 October and 18 November 1918 when the influenza epidemic was severe enough to prevent any further fighting.

 

At its peak influenza had hospitalized 1,453 men (including half of the medical personnel) in Shiraz.

 

Bertram Townley died of influenza in Shiraz.

 

The influenza pandemic was to kill up to 20 million in 1918. In India some 12,500,000 or 4% of its population died and fifty times as many were sick.

 

Bertram Townley is buried in Tehran War Cemetery, Iran, Plot 1, Row F, Grave 10.

 

He was originally buried in Shiraz British Cemetery: Grave 18.

 

However, many graves were relocated in the Tehran War Cemetery when it was built in the British Embassy residential compound in 1962.

 

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

 

“Bertram Townley was born on 4 June 1892 at Simla, India.

 

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. G Townley of The Exchange, Simla, Punjab, India.

 

He attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1904 and 1907.

 

His brother Second Lieutenant Felix Townley was killed during the 3rd Battle of Ypres on 26 October 1917, whilst serving with the 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

FELIX LIONEL TOWNLEY

 

Felix Lionel Townley was the brother of Bertram Russell Townley.

 

Felix Townley was born in Simla, India in 1888. He enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Battalion – Corporal 1142, Sergeant.

 

He gained his commission on 11 February 1917 as Second Lieutenant

 

He was killed in action on 26 October 1917 (France & Flanders)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals RWR/OFF 150 page 185 and the 1915 Star Medal l/8/B page 527

 

He entered France on 21 November 1915.

 

His mother’s address on the index card was “Westwood”, Coleshill Road, Sutton Coldfield then it was changed to “Roseberry Cottage”, Malvern Link, Worcestershire.

 

His Army Service Record was not found online.Felix Lionel Townley was the son of George and Minnie Townley of Simla, India

 

Baptism

 

Felix Lionel Townley was born on 5 May 1888 at Simla and baptised there on 9 June 1888.

 

His parents were George and Minnie Townley and his father was a merchant.

 

1911 census “Fradley House”, Victoria Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Charlotte Taylor                       W         57        Private means                                     b Sutton Coldfield

Felix Lionel Townley                U         22        Boarder Electrical engineer                b Simla, India

 

1911 census “Westwood”, Victoria Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

Wentworth Harrison                M         33        School master                                     b Kensington, London

Beatrice Harrison                    M         26        Married 3 years no children                b Simla, India

Minnie Townley                       W         48        Mother in law                                      b India

 

1911census Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield

 

Claude Frank Townley                        15        Pupil                                                    b Punjab, India.

 

1911 census Allerton High School for Girls, Sutton Coldfield

 

Irene Townley                          13        Pupil                                                    b India

 

1901 census Ryde, Isle of Wight

 

George Townley                      M         44        General merchant in India                  b London

Minnie Townley                       M         38                                                                    b Agra, India

Beatrice Townley                                16                                                                    b Simla

Claude Townley                                    5                                                                    b Simla

Irene Townley                                        3                                                                    b Simla

Ellen Draper                            U         20        General servant                                  b Ryde, Hampshire

 

Probate

 

Felix Lionel Townley of “Westwood”, Coleshill Road, Sutton Coldfield, Second Lieutenant Royal Warwickshire Regiment died 26 October 1917 in Flanders.

 

Administration was granted in London on 22 February 1918 to Minnie Townley, widow. 

 

Effects: £170 17s 2d

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Second Lieutenant Felix Lionel Townley

14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Friday 26th October 1917

Aged: 29

 

By 22 October 1917 the First Battle of Passchendaele was over; it had brought virtually no gain on the ground but had cost massive losses of men.

 

The German front had been hammered by shellfire, with particular attention paid to the pillboxes and blockhouses.

 

At 5.40am on Friday 26 October 1917 the Second Battle of Passchendaele began. The 14th Royal Warwick’s (13th Brigade, 5th Division) were attacking the remains of Polderhoek Chateau (north of Gheluvelt on the Menin Road), which they had been attempting to take since.

 

On 9 October 1917 there were many blockhouses in the area, which became known as Tower Hamlets.

 

The 15th Royal Warwicks in the centre stormed the chateau through mud that was waist deep in places, whilst the 14th Warwicks on the left were held up by the Reutelbeek until they linked with the 15th.They captured over 100 prisoners.

 

The remnants of the Battalions, their guns choked with mud, were unable to resist the German counter-attack at 10.00am and had no alternative but to withdraw.

 

Between 24 and 27 October 1917 the 14th Royal Warwicks lost 78 men killed (5 officers, including 2nd Lt. F L Townley), 8 died of wounds and 162 wounded. The majority of those killed have no known grave.

 

Felix Townley is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 23 and 28 and 163A.

 

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

 

“Felix Townley was born on 6 May 1888. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Townley of The Exchange, Simla, Punjab, India.

 

Felix attended Bordon Grammar School, Kent in 1901 and Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1904 and 1906.

 

When he left school he worked as an electrical engineer for Verrity Ltd., Aston and later for the General Electric Company, Chapel Bar, Nottingham.

 

He joined the 14th Royal Warwicks in 1914 as Private 14/1142. He was promoted to Corporal on 6 October 1915, then to Sergeant on 23 July 1916 and was commissioned on 11 February 1917.

 

He spent four days in hospital from 12 November 1916.

 

Felix was killed with his servant Private 20166 Frank Box.

 

His brother Captain Bertram Russell Townley was attached to the South Persia Rifles.

 

He died of influenza in Iran (then known as Persia) on 7 November 1918, four days before the Armistice.”

 

(David Phillips Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)

 

 

ALFRED JOHN TOY

 

Alfred John Toy was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Four Oaks with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 6th Battalion – Private 5188

 

He was killed in action on 18 August 1916 (France & Flanders) aged 25

 

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

 

He is also commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/104 B33 page 7133

 

His service records were not found online.

 

Alfred Toy was the son of Alfred and the late Elizabeth Toy of Blackberry Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

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

 

Alfred W Toy                           W         51        Wheelwright                                        b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred John Toy                       U         19        Cabinet maker – joiner                       b Sutton Coldfield

Harry Oliver Toy                                 16        Gardener’s boy                                   b Sutton Coldfield

 

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

 

Alfred Toy                                M         46 (sic) General domestic servant                 b Sutton Coldfield

Elizabeth Toy                           M         51                                                                    b Leicester

Ethel Toy                                             14                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Alfred J Toy                                           9                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Harry Toy                                              6                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

 

It does not appear that Alfred John Toy was married.

 

DAVID WILLIAM TUFFLEY              Distinguished Conduct Medal

 

David William Tuffley was born in Moreton in the Marsh. He joined the City Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (14th Battalion) at the outbreak of the war – Sergeant 118

 

He died at home from the effects of wounds caused by gas on 21 December 1918 aged 40

 

He was buried in the Sutton Coldfield Cemetery Plot C.C.120

 

Army Medals

 

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star Medal, the British and Victory Medals and the Distinguished Conduct Medal during his service in the Great War.

 

“He had been awarded the Queens South Africa Medal for service during the Boer War 1899-1902, the Cape Colony Medal for service in South Africa between 11 October 1899 and 31 May 1902 and the Orange Free State Medal for service in South Africa between 28 February 1900 and 21 May 1902.

 

He was awarded the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal for having served for 12 years in the Territorial Force with consistent good conduct and attending the required camps and training – 197 Sgt. 2/SMF A RAMC - South Midland Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps.

 

David William Tuffley is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield South African War Memorial. This was originally situated in the Town Hall but is now at Holy Trinity Church. He is listed as Bugler D W Tuffley.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 26.10.1907)

 

 

 

1914-1915 STAR MEDAL (LEFT) AND BRITISH WAR MEDAL (RIGHT)

 

 

 

TERRITORIAL EFFICIENCY MEDAL

                          

 

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL – RED AND BLUE RIBBON

 

BRITISH VICTORY MEDAL – RAINBOW RIBBON

 

 

DAVID WILLIAM TUFFLEY PLAQUE

 

 

 

DAVID WILLIAM TUFFLEY SCROLL

 

Sutton Coldfield News 3.3.1917

 

“A letter received by a resident of Sutton from a relative at the front remarks incidentally that Sergeant Tuffley has been given a commission in the Transport Battalion. The promotion has not been gazetted but the source of the information is such that there is very reason for accepting it as fact.

 

Sergeant Tuffley is a man for whom many Sutton people feel the greatest respect, for his actions throughout the Great War have been highly and practically patriotic. In the early days of the conflict, when the local police force was depleted by several reserve men being called to the colours, Tuffley signed on as a special constable, and a smart man he made at the business.

 

Those under whom he worked had nothing but praise for his efforts. Then when the call for men for the army became more pressing Tuffley, who saw service with the South Staffordshire Volunteers in the Boer War, enlisted in one of the city battalions, and was speedily made corporal.

 

When his battalion left Sutton for another training ground he was placed in charge of the transport arrangements and his promotion to the rank of sergeant followed in due course. Now he is apparently to be further honoured, and those who knew him will extend to him their hearty congratulations.

 

In civil life Tuffley was a master haulier, and all his men but one enlisted long ago. The last one was taken some four weeks back, and a substitute provided.

 

The business is being managed by Mrs Tuffley during her husbands’ absence.”

 

 

Extract from the 14th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment War Diary 1 January 1918

 

St Giorgid Brenta

 

“The weather conditions remain very cold and there was a heavy fall of snow during the night.

 

The officers, N.C.O’s and men of H.Q. Coy saw the New Year in with a supper followed by a concert.

 

The following N.C.O’s have been mentioned in despatches: 14/355 Sgt C J Brown, 14/1181 Sgt D W Tuffley, 30366 Sgt B V Davies.

 

 

 

NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS DATES UNKNOWN

 

BUGLER TUFFLEY

 

CAMP PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Many thanks go to Jane Guest, the grand - daughter of David William Tuffley for kindly contributing and sharing these wonderful records. There are other memorabilia not included for those who may be interested.

 

“David Tuffley was the son of David and Rhoda Tuffley. David Tuffley resided at 151 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield.

 

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for having realised that whilst in action there was a grave danger of running short of ammunition. He volunteered to take a lorry to the relief. On the way he encountered heavy shelling and machine gun fire but got through with 400,000 rounds. Had had previously been Mentioned in Despatches whilst serving in Italy.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 15.6.1918)

 

“He was educated at Town School Sutton Coldfield

 

He served in the Boer War in South Africa between 1901 and 1901. He joined the Territorials and the City Battalion in 1915. He served time on the Somme and at Ypres. He then went to Italy in November 1917 and back to France in 1918.

 

Before the war he was a coal merchant and haulage contractor. His wife took over the running of the business during the war and after his death. He passed away at his residence after three months illness.”

 

(Sutton Coldfield News 28.12.1918)

 

The marriage of David William Tuffley and Ada Carpenter was registered December 1898 Walsall 6b 1291

 

Ada Carpenter was the aunt of Gabriel Carpenter who died during the Great War. See his entry.

 

1911 census 151 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

 

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

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

Frederick Tuffley                                11                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

William Tuffley                                                  7                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Gabriel Carpenter                               13        Nephew Grocer’s errand boy             b Aston (Sic)

 

David and Ada Tuffley had another child, Ada whose birth was registered December 1913 Tamworth 6b 879.

 

Ada Tuffley junior married Raymond W Guest in 1935 in Sutton Coldfield. Their daughter is Jane Guest.

 

1911 census 2 House, 2 Court, Soho Road, Handsworth

 

David Tuffley                          M         62        Builder’s general labourer                   b Longborough

Betsy Tuffley                           M         52        Married 18 years- 1 child                    b Aston

Sarah Tuffley                                      17        Photo frame coverer                          b Springhill, Birmingham

 

A marriage for David and Betsy Tuffley was not found.

 

In 1901 they lived at 6 Prospect Terrace, Springhill, Birmingham. David was working as a navvy.

 

David Tuffley died in Handsworth in 1927 and Betsy Tuffley died in 1934 in Birmingham

 

1901 census 151 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

 

Ada Tuffley                             M         25        At home                                              b Bridgtown

Frederick Tuffley                                  1                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Harry Robinson                       U         23        Boarder Bricklayer’s labourer             b Sutton Coldfield

Thomas Humpherson             U         23        Boarder Bricklayer’s labourer             b Middleton

Annie Asprey                           U         23        Visitor                                                  b Sutton Coldfield

 

 

 

1891 census 29 Thomas Street, Kings Norton – boarding in the household of Dan Randall

 

David Tuffley                          W         42        Bricklayer’s labourer                           b Longborough Gloucs

David Tuffley                                      12                                                                    b Moreton in the Marsh

 

1881 census Private House, Longborough, Gloucestershire

 

Jane Tuffley                            W         62        Pauper                                                            b Longborough Gloucs

David Tuffley                          M         32        Farm labourer                                     b Longborough Gloucs

David Tuffley                                        2        Grandson                                            b Moreton in the Marsh

 

The death of William Tuffley was registered December 1878 Kings Norton 6c 325

 

The death of Jane Tuffley was registered June 1885 Stow on the Wold 6a 257

 

The marriage of David William Tuffley and Rhoda Hine was registered March 1871 Shipston on Stour 6d 628

 

Rhoda Hine was born in 1851 in the Shipston on Stour area (near to Alcester on the Warwickshire and Gloucestershire borders) but no trace of her was made on any subsequent census.

 

There were other Hine families, including James and Sarah Hine who lived in Moreton in the Marsh on the 1881 census and named their new born daughter Rhoda.

 

It appears that David and Rhoda Tuffley had a daughter Jane Rhoda who was baptised at Alcester on 20 March 1873. They lived at Birch Abbey and David worked in drainage.

 

Her birth registration was not found. And no further trace of her was found. It is assumed she died in infancy.

 

It also appears that after David William Tuffley was born in 1879 either Rhoda Tuffley died and her death registration was not found or the couple split up.

 

There was no further trace of Rhoda Tuffley or Rhoda Hine until a marriage and Banns was found in London. The bride was Rhoda Tuffley but the online details are limited.

 

Rhoda Tuffley married John William Carpenter at St Mary Battersea London on 28 November 1887.

 

John Carpenter was a bachelor of 220 Bridge Road and Rhoda Tuffley claimed to be a spinster.

 

They were married after banns. It is not known if John William Carpenter was related to Ada Carpenter. 

 

1871 census “Cottage”, Longborough, Gloucestershire

 

William Tuffley                                    M         52        Farm labourer                                     b Donnington, Gloucs

Jane Tuffley                            M         52                                                                    b Nepton, Worcs

Thomas Tuffley                       U         27        Farm labourer                                     b Longborough

David Tuffley                                      22        Farm labourer                                     b Longborough

William Tuffley                                                13        Grandson Farm labourer                    b Longborough           

George Mills                                          4        Grandson                                            b Worcs

 

1861 census Longborough Village, Gloucestershire

 

William Tuffley                                    M         42        Ag Lab                                                 b Donnington

Jane Tuffley                            M         42                                                                    b Worcs

George Tuffley                        U         20        Ag lab                                                  b Worcs

Thomas Tuffley                                   17        Ag lab                                                  b Longborough

David Tuffley                                      12        Field labourer                                      b Longborough

William Tuffley                                                  3        Grandson                                            b Longborough

 

1851 census Longborough Village, Gloucestershire

 

William Tuffley                                    M         32        Ag lab                                                  b Donnington

Jane Tuffley                            M         32                                                                    b Blackley, Worcs

Mary Tuffley                                       17        Field labourer                                      b Longborough

Paul Tuffley                                         12        Field labourer                                      b Longborough

George Tuffley                                    10                                                                   b Longborough

Eliza Tuffley                                          7                                                                    b Longborough

Thomas Tuffley                                     5                                                                    b Longborough

David Tuffley                                        2                                                                    b Longborough

 

1841 census Longborough, Gloucestershire

 

William Tuffley                                                20        Ag lab                                                  b Y

Jane Tuffley                                        20                                                                    b N

Sarah Tuffley                                        9                                                                    b Y

Mary Tuffley                                         7                                                                    b Y

Hannah Tuffley                                     5                                                                    b Y

Paul Tuffley                                           2                                                                    b Y

George Tuffley                                      5 months old                                                 b Y

 

 

A marriage for William and Jane Tuffley was not found.

 

They had children from a very young age so possibly they were married by licence.

 

They may not have married but lived as man and wife.

 

CHARLES TURNER

 

Charles Turner was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield with the Worcestershire Regiment – Private 37370 and transferred to the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2nd Battalion – Private 28700

 

He was killed in action on 4 April 1917 (France & Flanders) aged 27

 

He was buried at the Noeux Les- Mines Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Plot I.P.21

 

Army Medal Roll

 

He was awarded the Victory and British Medals L/106 B19 page 3837

 

His Army Service Record was not found online

 

 

Charles Turner was the son of John and Elizabeth Turner of “The Alms Houses”, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield and the husband of Clara Turner (nee Wilkins)

 

Marriage

 

A marriage was not found between a Charles Turner and a Clara Wilkins.

 

The only marriage found locally was Charles Turner and Clara Godwin which was registered December 1916 Tamworth 6b 711

 

It seems possible that Clara was a widow.

 

1911 census “Hillwood”, Hill, Sutton Coldfield

 

John Turner                             M         65        Labourer on farm                                b Northampton

Elizabeth Turner                      M         61        Married 30 years, 8 children 3 died    b Hillwood, Hill

Charles Turner                        U         21        Man servant/ general labourer            b Hillwood, Hill

 

 

RUSSELL SANDON TURNER

 

Russell Sandon Turner was born in Sutton Coldfield. He enlisted with the City Battalion at the start of the war - Royal Warwickshire Regiment 5th Battalion as a Private 14/314.

 

He was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 7 September 1915 (confirmed in October 1915) and again to Captain in July 1016

 

He was killed in action on 4 October 1917 (France & Flanders)

 

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

 

He is also commemorated on the Four Oaks War Memorial

 

He 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/150 page 19c and the 1915 Star Medal OFF/150 page 27

 

He entered France on 16 October 1915.

 

His Army Service Record was not found online.

 

His medals were sent to his widow at “Copsewood”, Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Russell Sandon Turner was the son of James Sandon Turner and the late Alicia Turner of Four Oaks.

 

He was the husband of Cicely May Turner, formerly Grove.

 

Russell Sandon Turner and Cicely May Grove were married Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield on 28 June 1917

 

Cicely May Grove was the sister of Percival Allen Grove - see his entry

 

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

 

He was a member of Sutton Coldfield Hockey and Swimming Clubs.

 

Before enlisting he was the Secretary of the Aston Chain & Hook Co. based on Bromford Lane, Erdington.

 

He enlisted in the City Battalion and was commissioned about October 1915.

 

He was promoted to Captain July 1916.

 

Whilst acting as a machine gun officer, he was wounded in the back whilst endeavouring to recover lost guns.” (Sutton Coldfield News 13.10.1917)

 

1911 census “Woodbank”, Hartopp Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

James Sandon Turner            M         58        Retired gun maker                              b Birmingham

Maria Turner                           M         57        Married 9 years                                   b Sutton Coldfield

Nora Turner                             U         27                                                                    b Edmonton, M’sex

Charles Harold Turner            U         24        Accountancy clerk                              b Edmonton

Kinbury Gilman                       W         61        Visitor private means                          b Sutton Coldfield

Agnes Bullock                         U         20        Housemaid                                          b Norton Caines

Rose Hampton                        U         24        Cook                                                   b Whittington

 

Russell Sandon Turner was not found on the 1911 census

 

1901 census Hartopp Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield – only four siblings at home, no parents listed

 

Florence Turner                      U         22                                                                    b Wylde Green

Arthur J Turner                        U         22        Mechanical engineer                          b Wylde Green

Russell S Turner                     U         18        Art metal worker                                 b Wylde Green

Hilda Turner                                        12                                                                    b London

Olive L Bill                               U         22        Visitor                                                  b Walsall

 

 

1891 census “Claremont”, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

 

James Sandon Turner            M         38        Gun maker                                          b Birmingham

Alicia Turner                            M         40                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Frederick Turner                                 15                                                                    b Aston

Edith Turner                                        14                                                                    b Aston

Florence Turner                                  12                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Arthur Turner                                       10                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Russell S Turner                                   8                                                                    b Sutton Coldfield

Nora Turner                                           7                                                                    b Edmonton

Charles Turner                                      4                                                                    b Edmonton

Hilda Turner                                          2                                                                    b Edmonton

Susan Deakin                         U         21        General servant                                  b Hampshire

May Falkener                          U         21        Nurse                                                  b Brownhills

 

 

Probate

 

Russell Sandon Turner of “Woodbank”, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Lieutenant, Acting Captain, 5th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment died 4 October 1917 in Belgium.

 

Probate was granted in London 2on 3 May 1918 to Arthur James Turner, rivet manufacturer

 

Effects: £1776 10s 7d

 

 

Previous marriage

 

The marriage of Russell Sandon Turner and Madeline Daghmar Tucker was registered September 1907 Aston 6d 748

 

Madeline Turner died on 21 August 1909 aged 25.

 

Research by David Phillips

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

 

Captain Russell Sandon Turner

1st/5th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died: Thursday 4th October 1917

Aged: 35

 

The 1st/5th Warwicks (143rd Brigade, 48th Division, XVIII Corps) were to the north east of St Julien when their Brigade attacked on 4 October 1917. The 143rd Brigade consisted of the 1/5th on the right, 1/6th in the centre, 1/7th on the left, with the 1/8th in support.

 

At 6.00am the British barrage fell, the intense noise wiped out hearing, but the accuracy of fire prevented any reply. The 1/5th Warwicks went over the top and advanced into the mud.

 

Captain Turner fell, almost at the starting point, leading ‘C’ Company into battle. The Battalion was caught in a belt of snipers and machine-guns in shell holes and the battle broke up into a series of duels between small isolated parties.

 

They persevered and captured Vale House and Winzig, but the left company took severe casualties from heavy fire from a machine-gun post. 150 Germans were captured, but the four Battalions lost 12 officers killed, 15 wounded and 1 missing, with 765 other ranks as casualties.

 

Russell Turner is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Panel P23-28 and 163A.

 

He is commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield Memorial, King Edwards Square and All Saints Church Cross, Belwell Road.

 

“Russell Turner was the son of Major James Sandon (Gun Manufacturer) and the late Alicia Turner of Wood Bank, Hartopp Road, Sutton Coldfield.

 

Russell attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School between 1892 and 1896.

 

After leaving school he was employed as a secretary in the Aston Chain and Hook Company, Birmingham.

 

He was a member of the Sutton Swimming Club and the Sutton Hockey Club.