St.Luke's Church Memorial, Blakenhall


The Memorial is situated within the Church, Upper Villiers Street, Wolverhampton.

World War 1 Roll of Honour.                                                                         

Allen Samuel Private 6898
2nd Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Son of Mr and Mrs Allen, of York Street, Wolverhampton; husband of Emma Allen, of 12 Cobden Street, Blakenhall.
Killed in Action 25th September 1915 aged 30.
Grave reference III.L.31.
Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt, France.

Antwis D.J. Pte Unknown

Barber Richard Private 9263
2nd Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Killed in action 24th March 1918
Bay 6. Arras Memorial, France.

Barratt Ewart Private 2223
1st/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Ewart was born in Wolverhampton in 1898, the son of George and Sarah Ann Barratt.
Killed in action 27th May 1915 aged 16.
Grave reference I. E. 17.
St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Sydney Samuel Beddows Private 3440
1st/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Samuel was born in Wolverhampton on 25 November 1894, the son of Isaac and Alice Winifred Beddows.
Killed in Action 9th April 1915 aged 21
Grave Reference I. G. 13.
St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Beeby R. Pte Unknown

Beere Robert Private 43705
19th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt)
Born in 1888 at Banbury, son of George and Sara Beere.
Died 14th August 1916 aged 28.
Grave reference 2 AE 1359.
Sunderland (Bishop Wearmouth) Cemetery, Durham.

Bishop George Thomas Private 10457
2nd Bn. Leinster Regiment
George was born in Wolverhampton in 1896 son of Francis William and Sarah Ann Bishop.
Killed in action 14th March 1916 aged 20.
Grave reference I. J. 14.
Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Begium.

Blower Herbert James Private 8769
1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Herbert was born in 1888, the son of John Thomas and Anne Blower.
Died of wounds 12 November 1914 aged 26.
Grave reference VI A 46
Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Mesen, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Bolland A.H. Private unknown.

Bolton Joseph William Lance-Corporal 9509
1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Joseph was born in Sedgley in about 1896 son of Mary and Joseph Bolton.
Died of wounds 11 January 1917 aged 21.
Grave reference II. D. 7.
Mailly Wood Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet, France.

Bouckley Richard Private 2810
1st/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action 13th October 1915.
Panel 73 to 76. Loos Memorial, France.

Bowers D. Private - Unknown.

Bowen W.C. Rifleman - Unknown

Bradney George Private 10148
2nd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment.
George was born in Wolverhampton in 1885 son of Joseph and Agnes Bradney 14, Johnson St., Blakenhall, Wolverhampton.
George was a professional soldier and the 1911 census records him based in India with his regiment.
Killed in action 26th September 1915 aged 30.
Panel 64 and 65. Loos Memorial, France.

Broomhall J.C. - Unknown.

Carr John Herbert Private 235007
1st/5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Son of John Henry and Martha Carr; husband of Elsie Carr.
Killed in action 28th September 1918 aged 33.
Panel 6 and 7 Vis-En-Artois Memorial Pas de Calais, France.

Carr Thomas William Private 241482
2nd/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Son of John Henry and Martha Carr.
Killed in action 1st December 1917.
Grave reference II.B.40
Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres, Nord, France.

Clark William Private*

Cook Frank Private 44483
2nd Bn Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 1st October 1918.
Grave reference I. E. 3.
Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing, France.

Cooper John Private 2170
1st/2nd Bn. London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
Killed in action 10th November 1915.
Panel 52. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Cox Joseph Charles Private 8950
1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Born in 1894 Wolverhampton son of Christopher and Clara Cox.
Killed in action 7th November 1914.
Panel 35 And 37. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Cresswell Albert Joseph Private 15315
7th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Born in 1871 in Wolverhampton, son of Joseph and Sarah Cresswell; husband of Clara Cresswell.
The 1911 census records Albert and Clara living at 29 Pond Lane, Blakenhall, with their four children Beatrice, Albert, Clara, and Elsie.
Albert was employed as a blacksmith, he left for Clara in his effects two pound eight shillings and sixpence.
Killed in action 22nd August 1915 aged 42.
Panel 135 to 137. Helles Memorial,Turkey (including Gallipoli).

Darby Albert Edward Private 203382
1st/5th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment.
Albert was born in Wolverhampton in 1895 the son of Mr and Mrs Charles Henry Darby, who lived at 6 Phoenix Street, Blakenhall.
Albert, who worked at the Manders Brothers paint factory, joined the South Staffords at Wolverhampton in January 1916.
While serving in the Hulluch sector, he was severely wounded and was evacuated to an Advanced Dressing Station at Sains-en-Gohelle. He died of his wounds on 17 August 1917 aged 22.
Grave reference Plot II, Row A, Grave 39.
Fosse No. 10 Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Davenport William Gunner 154413
233rd Siege Bty Royal Garrison Artillery
Born in Wolverhampton, employed as a Vansetter in the goods department of the London & North Western Railway.
Died of Wounds 31st October 1917
Grave Reference V III. I. 93.
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.

Cecil Harry Davis MM Lance Corporal 43036
8th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Cecil was born in Wolverhampton 1st November 1890, son of William Harry and Diana Davis.
Cecil was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field - the Express & Star on 11 August 1917 reported "He went out of a trench and carried in a wounded despatch bearer and delivered the despatch. Subsequently he saw an officer about 10 yards out in the open, and carried him into safety."
Died of Wounds 13th October 1917 aged 26.
Son of William Harry and Diana Davis of 33 Wanderer's Avenue Wolverhampton.
Grave Reference XII. F. 18.
Dozinghem Military Cemetery, France.

Dawes Sidney Private 18655
1st Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
Sidney was born in Dudley on 3 September 1893, the son of Benjamin and Mary Ann Dawes.
The 1911 census records the family living at 51 Curzon Street, Blakenhall and Sidney employed as a milk deliverer.
Killed in action 8th August 1916.
Spec. Memorial. D. 4A. Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, Belgium.

Dews Frederick Charles Private 270095
18th Bn. Durham Light Infantry
Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1890 son of Joseph Saunders and Charlotte Jane Dews.
The 1911 census records the family living at 18 Hawthorne Road, Blekenhall, and Frederick employed as brass dresser.
Killed in action 12th April 1918.
Panel 8 and 9. Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

Diment Percy William Private 421273
1st/3rd (North Midland) Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps.
Percy was born in Exeter in 1898 son of Walter and Clara Diment, of 1 Chetwynd Rd, Blakenhall.
His service record records him living at 324 Dudley Road and being a clerk in holy orders before signing up 12th October 1914, he was just 17 years and 4 months old.
Killed in action during an enemy air raid, 22nd May 1918 aged 20.
Grave reference I. B. 10.
Houchin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Eccleston Ebor Private B/23249
9th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Ebor was born in Wolverhampton in 1896, the son of Ebor and Elizabeth Ecclestone. In 1901 he was living with his parents at 159 Park Street, Wolverhampton, together with his brothers Arthur and John, and sister Beatrice.
He attended Wolverhampton Grammar School from 1908 until Easter 1911, when he went into banking. By 1911 the family had moved to White Hill, 140 Goldthorn Hill, Wolverhampton. Ebor had become an accountant’s clerk. He worked at Lloyd’s Bank in Wolverhampton and became a member of the Bankers’ Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.
Ebor was killed in action 4 August 1916 aged 20.
Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A. Thiepval Memorial, France.

Egan William Lance Corporal 1337
1st/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Born in Wolverhampton in 1891 son of Catherine Egan, he married Nancy Price in Wolverhampton in 1913.
The 1911 census records him employed as a was a general labourer working for the Chromatographic Enamel Company.
William died of wounds 8th August 1915.
Grave reference II. A. 38A. Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Elliot Ernest Haden Private 421338
2nd/3rd (North Midland) Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps.
Ernest was born on 14 June 1895 in Bridgnorth, son of Ernest & Selina Elliot.
The 1911 census records Ernest living with his grandparents John and Ann Elliott at 31 Upper Villiers Street in Blakenhall and employed as an Assistant Librarian at Wolverhampton Free Library.
By the time the war started his parents were living at Holland House, Denton in Manchester.
Ernest died of wounds 1st October 1917.
Grave reference VII. F. 13. Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Ellis Ernest Corporal 19711
10th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regt.)
Born 14th August 1893 in Guiseley, Yorkshire son of George F. and Elizabeth F. Ellis, of 65 Napier Rd, Wolverhampton.
The 1911 census records him living at 176 Steelhouse Lane, Wolverhampton with his parents and older brothers Walter and Albert, younger sister Agnes and younger brother James. Ernest was employed as a grocer’s errand boy.
At some point Ernest emigrated to Canada and on 26th September 1914 he enlisted into the Canadian Army. His attestation papers record him as being 5'2¼" tall with brown hair and blue eyes and being employed as a machinist.
Ernest died 9th April 1917 aged 20.
Vimy Mermorial -Pas de Calais, France.

Evans Arthur James Samuel Private 40317
4th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
Arthur was born in 1893 in Bromyard, Herefordshire, son of Henry and Lyndonia Evans. The 1911 Census records Arthur living at Meadow Bank, West Malvern with his parents, his younger brother and sister William and Freda. He was employed as a grocer’s assistant. His father died in 1913.
Arthur married Clara Ling July 1915 in St. Luke's Church.
Killed in Action 18 October 1916.
Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C. Thiepval Memorial, France.

Evans Charles Lance Corporal 11848
8th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Charles was born in 1889 in Wolverhampton son of Thomas and Jane Evans; he was educated at St Luke’s Schools, Blakenhall.
Charles married Jane Blower in 1913 in Wolverhampton. At the time of his death, she and their daughter Edith were living at 32 Derry St, Wolverhampton. Prior to enlisting he had been employed at Messrs Holcroft of Ettingshall.
He enrolled into the South Staffordshire Regiment 31st August 1914.
Died 12th July, 1916 of wounds he received 9th July 1916 aged 27.
Grave reference II. C. 10. Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Evans WH Pte (cannot conclusively identify him)

Fisher G. Pte (cannot conclusively identify him)

Fletcher William Aubrey Private 31259
Depot Lincolnshire Regiment
William was born in Wolverhampton in 1896, the son of William John and Betsy Ann Fletcher.
His mother died and his father remarried in 1906 to Mabel Fallon. The 1911 census records William and his family living at 119 Upper Villiers Street.
William was employed as a warehouseman in the hardware industry.
William enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment 1st October 1916; he became ill and died in the 4th Northern General Hospital in Lincoln on 7th March 1917.
Grave reference F 35. Penn Fields (St Philip) Churchyard, Wolverhampton.

Francies John Edward Private 203737
2nd/5th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
John was born 1891 in Shrewsbury son of Edward and Fanny Francies; by 1911 John was living at 35 Junction Street, Wolverhampton with his parents and younger brother and sister May and Edward.
John was employed as a blacksmith's striker.
John married Lily May Bentley in Wolverhampton October 1915.
Died of illness 1st July 1918 in the 46th Stationary Hospital aged 27.
Grave reference LXVII. F. 8. Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

French Ernest Private 11204
1st Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Ernest was born in 1895 in Wolverhampton the son of Henry and Clara French. In 1911 Ernest was living with his parents and seven siblings at 69 Hall Street, Blakenhall. Ernest was employed as a brass caster.
Killed in action 25th November 1917.
Panel 68 to 70. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Garner William Caleb Gunner 103857
3rd Reserve Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery
William was born 22nd January 1889 in Wolverhampton son of Caleb and Elizabeth Garner. The 1911 census records William living with his parents and eight younger siblings at 22 Sedgley St, Wolverhampton. William was employed as a 'tinner'.
William married Mary Ann Jones March 1913 in Wolverhampton
Died 16th May 1919 in Colchester, Essex aged 30.
Grave reference H.72. Penn Fields (St Philip) Churchyard Wolverhampton.

Guest John Reginald Rifleman A/203647
18th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action 3rd October 1918
Panel 115 to 119. Tyne Cot Memorial,Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Harriman Arthur Sapper MM 89824
78th Field Coy Royal Engineers.
Arthur was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of Tom and Mary Harriman. The 1911 census records Arthur living with his parents at 137 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton. Arthur was employed as a cycle fittings maker.
Arthur was awarded the Military Medal and Gazetted 19th September 1917.
Killed in action 16th October 1917 aged 25.
Panel 8 and 162 Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Harris Stanley Charles Lance Corporal 300057
‘D’Sqdn 1st/1st Staffordshire Yeomanry
Son of William and Annie Harris baptised at St. Luke's Church 23rd August 1893. The 1911 census records Stanley living at Southleigh, Goldthorn Hill, Wolverhampton with his parents, older sister Muriel and his Uncle William Perry. Stanley was employed as a fitter.
Stanley died of typhoid 11th September 1918 aged 25.
Grave reference XXXII F 12 Gaza War Cemetery, Israel.

Hartill Hubert Edward Harold Corporal 39050
4th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Born January 1887 in Wolverhampton son of John Richard and Hannah Hartill, of Blakenhall, Wolverhampton; the 1911 census records Hubert living at 677 Parkfield Road, Wolverhampton with his mother, two older brothers Albert and William and a younger sister Elsie. Hubert's father died in 1917.
Hubert married Annie Ethel Furness 1st December 1912 in Wolverhampton they had a son Hubert born 1912.
Hubert died of wounds in a German Prisoner of War Camp 8th April 1918 aged 34.
Grave reference IX. A. I Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Germany.

Heath B.A. Pte (unable to identify)

Highway Harold Charles Private S4/144104
No. 1 Lines of Communication Coy Army Service Corps
Born 24th March 1898 in Wolverhampton son of John and Beatrice Highway. The 1911 census records that he was living at 74 Fowler Street, Wolverhampton, with his parents and older brother Frank older sisters Bertha and Florence and younger brother James; Harold was attending St Peter’s Collegiate School and passed the Oxford Preliminary Local Examination in 1911.
Prior to enlisting he was living with his parents at 24 Fowler St Blakenhall and was employed as a clerk at the Chillington Tool company, a letter (in his service record) from the company dated 25th October 1915 states that Harold is free to leave the company as long as he joins a branch of his Majesty's forces. Harold enlisted 25th October 1915. he arrived in Mesopotamia present day Iraq 24th October 1916.
Harold died of typhus 5th May 1918 aged 20.
Grave reference 2. F. 6. Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq.

Highway Frank John Private 205531
2nd Bn. Essex Regiment, formerly 240356 South Staffordshire Regiment.
Born in 1891 in Wolverhampton baptised 24th September 1899 in St. Luke's Church son of John and Beatrice Highway. The 1911 census records that he was living at 74 Fowler Street, Wolverhampton, with his parents and younger sisters Bertha and Florence and younger brothers Harold and James. He was employed as an order clerk.
Killed in action 18th April 1918.
Grave reference IV. C. 32. Chocques Military Cemetery, France

Hill Frederick George Private 32064
"A" Coy 7th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Born in 1890 in Sedgley, son of Frederick and Sarah Hill. The 1911 census records Frederick living at 27 Poplar St. Nlakenhall with his parents and his five younger siblings Elsie, Arthur, Florence, Leonard and Harold.
Frederick was employed at this time as an assistant butcher.
Frederick married Florence Elfreda Huband January 1918 in West Bromwich at the time of his death Florence was living at The Gables’, Hydes Road, Wednesbury.
Died of wounds 7th October 1918 aged 28.
Grave reference I.E.8. Naves Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.

Hill Henry Lance Corporal 240299
1st/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Born in Wolverhampton in 1898 son of William and Caroline Hill. The 1911 census records Henry living at 403 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton with his parents and younger brothers William, Reginald and Ernest.
Killed in action 1st July 1916 attacking Gommecourt aged 19.
Pier and Face 7 B Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Hill J.R. Pte (cannot conclusively identify)

Holmes Joseph Company Quartermaster-Sergeant 7853
1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Joseph was born in Wolverhampton 1889 son of Joseph and Georgina Holmes, his mother died in 1899.
In 1901 Joseph was living at 261 Bilston Road, Wolverhampton with his father, older brother William, younger sisters Daisy and Dora and grandmother Mary Ann Holmes.
By the 1911 census Joseph had enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment and was the rank of corporal
Joseph was wounded sometime around the 9th September and died of his wounds in the 3rd General Hospital, Le Treport 28 September 1915 aged 31.
Plot 2. Row G. Grave 3A. Le Treport Military Cemetery, France.

Hopley George Thomas 8280
1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Born 18 April 1891 in Wolverhampton son of George and Sarah Hopley
The 1901 census records George living with his widowed mother and younger sisters Florence and Beatrice in the St. Johns area of Wolverhampton.
George joined the Great Western Railway Company 5th November 1906 but was dismissed a year later 29 November 1907.
By the 1911 census George had enlisted into the South Staffordshire Regiment.
He was killed in action during the first battle of Ypres 7 November 1914 aged 24. At the time of his death his mother was living at of 38 Moor St., Blakenhall.
Panel 35 and 37. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Horobin H. Pte (cannot conclusively identify)

Jephson Frederick Douglas Private 23994
8th Bn. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Born in 1893 in Wolverhampton son of Edwin and Mary Ann Jephson.
The 1911 census records Frederick living at 37 Arthur Street, Wolverhampton with his parents and his younger siblings Herbert, John, Cyril and Francis.
Fredrick was employed as a boot trade machinist.
Killed in action 1st July 1916.
Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A. Thiepval Memorial, France.

Jones Benjamin James Gunner 80312
81st Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery.
Benjamin was born 21st April 1897 in Bridgnorth son of Francis and Sarah Jones, he was baptised at St Mary Magdalene Church 15th May 1897.
The 1911 census records Benjamin living with his parents at 412 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton with older siblings Mabel, Maud and Herbert and younger sisters Frances, Susan and Phylis. At this time Benjamin was 13 and still at school, his father was employed as a bricklayer.
Benjamin enlisted 21st February 1916 aged 18 at Great Yarmouth, his attestation papers record that he was employed as a salesman for J. Morris and sons and still living with his parents at 412 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton.
Benjamin landed in France 13 September 1916; he was posted to the 81st Siege Battery 10th June 1917. Killed in action 23rd July 1917 aged 20.
Grave reference II. F. 5. Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Jones R.R. Pte (cannot conclusively identify)

Jones W. Pte (cannot conclusively identify)

Kearns Thomas Private 9943
2nd Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Born in 1894 in Wolverhampton son of John and Charlotte, in 1901 he was living with his parents and older siblings Fred, William, Mary, Annie, Fannie and Eliza at 6 Jeddo Street. By 1911 he was living with his brothers Fred and William at No 4 Court No 1 House, Ablow Street, Wolverhampton and was employed as a 'bobber' - metal polisher.
He landed in France 27 December 1914 and died 7th April 1919
Grave Reference IV. F. 46. Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France.

Keatley Arthur William Private 16180
1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.
Born January 1894 in Wolverhampton son of Arthur and Mary Keatley.
The 1911 census records him living with his parents and older sister Ida at 31 Hawthorne Road, Blakenhall and employed as a slater's labourer.
He volunteered and joined the Army 25th November 1914 in Wolverhampton. His attestation papers record his employment as a 'slater' and still living at 31 Hawthorne Road, Blakenhall.
Killed in action 15th September 1916 aged 22.
Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A. Thiepval Memorial, France.

Knight Samuel Private 15618
6th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.
Born about 1897 in Darlington, Durham, son of Samuel and Margaret Jane Knight. The 1911 census records Samual living with his parents and three younger siblings Alfred, Lettica and Obadiah at 43 Brown St, Wolverhampton. He was employed as a labourer at Bayliss Jones and Bayliss, Monmoor Green Steel Works, Wolverhampton.
Killed in action 16th July 1916 aged 20.
Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A. Thiepval Memorial, France.

Lawley William Henry Rifleman R/16146
10th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Born June 1896 in Wolverhampton son of George and Lucy Lawley, he was the youngest of nine children, his siblings were Annie, Nellie, Amy, George, John, Stepehen, Lucy and Edward.
William volunteered and joined the Army at Wolverhampton 29th October 1915 aged 22, he was living with his parents at 5 Johnson Stret and was employed as a tin smith.
Killed in action 3rd June 1916 aged 23.
Grave reference Q 3 Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery Ypres West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Lee Albert Private 3120
1/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Born about 1893 in Wolverhampton son of Enoch and Amy Lee. The 1911 census records Albert living with his parents and older sister Elsie, younger sister and brother Ada and Enoch at 54 Johnson St, Wolverhampton.
He was employed as an assistant engineer attendant at Mander Brothers paint factory.
Albert enlisted in the 6th Battalion in October 1914; he was severely wounded in September 1915 while serving in the line in the Hill 60 sector. He was evacuated to hospital but died of his wounds 3rd September 1915 aged 23.
Grave reference II. A. 3. Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Leighton Thomas Henry Lance Corporal 38214
2/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Born 14 February 1896 at Walsall son of Thomas and Sarah Leighton, the 1911 census records Thomas living at 23 Johnson Street, Wolverhampton with his parents older sisters Rebecca and Dorothy and younger brothers Horace, Leonard and Ernest; he was employed as a errand boy.
Thomas married Emily Turner October 1916 in Wolverhampton.
Thomas died of wounds 4th December 1917, he left to Emily in his will £6 16 shillings and 10 pence.
Grave reference P. VI. C. 7B. St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.

Lester Arthur Edward Private 9018
3rd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment.
Born July 1883 in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton son of William and Jane Lester the youngest of six children his siblings were William, Elizabeth, John, Jane and George.
Arthur enlisted into the Army 6th January 1905 prior to this he was employed as a brass polisher.
Killed in action 28th October 1914.
Panel 17 and 18. Le Touret Memorial, France.

Littleford Cyril Guy Gunner 39184
175th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Cyril was born in October 1887 in Solihull, the son of Alfred Thomas and Mary Alice Littleford.
The 1911 census records Cyril living with his parents, paternal grandmother, and younger sister Violet at 4 Watermoor Road, Cirencester and employed as an 'assistant in business.'
Cyril later spent some time in British Guiana working on sugar plantations, before returning to Liverpool in July 1915. At some point his parents moved to live in Wolverhampton.
Cyril died of illness or accident in Ripon Military Hospital 26th August 1915 aged 26.
Grave reference D. 1058 Ripon Cemetery, Yorkshire.

Lilleford Harold Alfred Bombardier 105395
196th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery.
Born April 1886 in Solihull son of Alfred Thomas and Mary Alice Littleford.
Harold enlisted into the Army 9th December 1915 at that time he was employed as a bank cashier and living at 19 Old Road West Gravesend. His mother, younger siblings Bernard and Violet were living at 66 Upper Villiers Street Blakenhall, his father had passed away in 1911.
Killed in action 5 April 1917 aged 31.
Grave reference I. A. 3. Anzin-st. Aubin British Cemetery, France.

Lloyd W. Pte (cannot conclusively identify)

Lowe John Henry Private G/66634
26th Battalion Royal Fusiliers
Son of Charles Henry Lowe.
Died of wounds 23rd September 1917 aged 23.
Grave reference XXVI. D. 7. Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Martin Joseph Private 241222
1st/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Born 1898 in Wolverhampton son of Samuel and Clara Martin.
The 1911 census records that Joseph was living at 7 Moore Street South, Blakenhall, with his parents, older brothers Samuel and Sidney and younger siblings Mary, Edward, William, Clara, Olive and Nellie.
Killed in action 1st July 1917.
Grave reference I. D. 10. Lievin Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Mason A. Pte (cannot conclusively identify him)

Mason, Harry Private 26797
5th Bn. Grenadier Guards.
Died at home 27th February 1917.
Grave reference 23126 Wolverhampton Borough Cemetery.

Mason William Edward Electrician
Admiralty Civilian H.M. Dockyard, Devonport. H.M.S. "Inflexible."
Born in Wolverhampton on 17 February 1878, the son of William and Sarah Mason, living at 58 Johnson Street, Dudley Road.
On 18 March 1915 H.M.S. "Inflexible was trying to suppress Turkish guns so that minefields could be swept. Unfortunately, the return fire was heavy, with a number of shells hitting the ship, killing or wounding many on board, unfortunately William was one of them he was buried at sea and is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial Panel 10.

Massey Alfred Serjeant 245148
16th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Born in Liverpool in 1887 son of William and Rosina Massey, he had two older siblings Florence and William and a younger brother Percy. Alfred married Ellen Ethel Lowder in Wolverhampton December 1907.
Although his parents and siblings remained living in Wolverhampton Alfred and Ellen are recorded in the 1911 census as boarding at 60 Prescot St Liverpool, and Alfred employed as a travelling photographer. He does however return to Stafford to enlist.
Killed in action 2nd September 1918
Grave reference III. H. 12. Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-blangy, France.

Mee Francis Henry Regimental Serjeant Major 10350
7th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Francis was born 1868 in Birmingham son of Patrick and Caroline Mee; he married Rose Hannah Broadbent in 1907 in Birmingham.
The 1911 census records Francis living with Hannah and their 13-year-old daughter Dorothy at 4 Phoenix St, Dudley Road, Wolverhampton from where he enlisted. Francis was recorded as being an Army pensioner and employed as a timekeeper at a hollow-ware and general iron foundry.
Francis joined the South Staffordshire Regiment in 1886 aged 18 years, he left the Army 23rd April 1908 re-joining at the beginning of the First World War.
Killed in action 22nd August 1915 aged 47.
Panel 135 to 137. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Millichamp Ben Private 19123
3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards.
Born in 1895 in Wolverhampton and baptised at St. Luke's Church 21 February 1895 son of William and Sarah Millichamp.
The 1911 census records Ben living at 1 Pountney St, Wolverhampton with his parents, older brothers William and Frank and younger siblings Joseph, Thomas, Lissy and Bessie; he was employed as a cabinet maker.
At the time of Ben's death his parents as the licensee were living at The Victoria Inn, Bell Place, Wolverhampton.
Ben was killed in action 27 September 1915 aged 20.
Panel 5 to 7. Loos Memorial, France.

Morris James Henry Sapper 398830
80th Field Company Royal Engineers.
James was born in 1885 in Birmingham son of William Henry and Elizabeth Morris, the 1911 census records him living with his parents at 6, Knox Rd., Wolverhampton and employed as a cabinet maker.
By the time of his death James had married Ellen Morris and was living at 60, Arthur St., Wolverhampton.
James died of wounds 23rd August 1918 aged 33.
Grave reference VI. A. 16. Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Newton Isaac Private 28487
3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards.
Isaac was born in 1889 in Wolverhampton son of Isaac and Mary Newton, baptised 4 July 1889 at St. Paul's Church. He had two older sisters Phoebe and Francis. The 1911 census records Isaac living with his parents at 19 Compton St, Wolverhampton and employed as an assistant brewer.
He married Lillie Bott in 1913 in Wolverhampton.
Died of wounds 29th March 1918
Grave reference V. B. 46. Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, France.

Norris John Bernard Private 421191
2nd/3rd (North Midland) Field Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps.
John was born in 1891 in Wolverhampton son of William and Emma Norris, he had an older brother William.
The 1901 cansus records the family living at 7B Lower Villiers Street, at some period John worked for Mander Brothers as he is remembered on the Mander Bros War Memorial.
On 5 October 1914, John enlisted into the Army his home address was recorded as being 180 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton and he was employed as a warehouseman
John was killed in action 25 September 1917.
Grave reference 21. Bridge House Cemetery Belgium.

Northall Charles Stewart Corporal 3461
1/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
Born in Dudley in 1895, the son of Francis Bertram and Emma Northall.
The 1911 census records him living at 'Adelaide Villa' 273 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton with his mother, maternal grandmother whose home it was, his aunt and his older siblings William and Emma; he was employed as a clerk in an insurance office. The Midland Counties Express newspaper recorded on 30th October 1915 that he worked as a clerk in the Wolverhampton Corporation Borough Accountant’s department, his brother was also serving in the Army
Charles landed in France 5th March 1915 and was killed in action 13 October 1915.
Panel 73 to 76. Loos Memorial, France.

Onions Samuel Thomas Rifleman R/17501
“B” Company, 18th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Born in Wolverhampton in 1893 son of Samuel Thomas and Phoebe Onions christened 18th January 1893 at St. John's Church.
The 1911 census records Samuel living at 152, Caledonia St., Steelhouse Lane, Wolverhampton with his parents, older brothers James and John and younger siblings Charles, Daniel, George, Phoebe and Joseph. Samuel was employed as a fishmonger’s assistant.
Killed in action 14th June 1917 aged 24.
Panel 51 and 53 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Belgium.

Parkes John Thomas M.M. Corporal 810321
“D” Battery, 232nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
Born in 1892 in Gornal son of Samuel and Leah Parkes baptised 31st July at St. Andrew's, Walsall. The 1911 census records John living at 19 Park Street South, Wolverhampton with his parents, older brother Fredrick and younger siblings Samuel, Gladys, Dora, Rueben, Clara, Ernest, Florence and Leonard. John was employed as a whitesmith - a person who works with "white" or light-coloured metals such as tin and pewter.
In April 1915, he enlisted into the Army On 10 August 1917, he became a Corporal. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery which was announced in the London Gazette on 28 September 1917 and in the Express & Star on 3 November 1917.
Killed in action 30 September 1917
Grave reference I. O. 5. Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Belgium.

Payne Albert Joseph Private 202677
2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment).
Born 12th December 1896 in Wolverhampton son of Albert Edwin and Mary Alice Payne. The 1911 census records Albert living at 332 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton with his parents and younger siblings Hilda and Edwin; he was employed as an office boy.
Albert died of wounds 17th April 1918 aged 21.
Grave reference VIII. D. 10. Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France.

Peplow P. Pte

Perks A.L. Signaller

Perks A. L Corpl

Perry C. Corp

Powell J. Pte

Purchase G. Pte

Rhodes L. Pte

Rowe J.C. Serg

Russ P. L Corpl

Saunders C.H. Pte

Shinton R.S. Driver

Silvester J.H Pte

Southall A Pte

Sparrow J. Pte

Stainer H.A. Pte

Steadman H.D. Pte

Stubbs F.W.D. Serg

Tebbull H.C. L Corpl

Titley F. Pte

Tranter J.C. Pte

Turley B. Pte

Walker J. L Corpl

Ward J. Pte

Watkins G.W. Pte

Watkiss C.W. Serg

Whitehead S.G. L Corpl

Williams F.A. Gunner

Withers A.E. Pte

WW2 Roll of Honour

 

Baker, Fred Lance Corporal 4923073
South Staffordshire Regiment and No 3 Commando
Born 10 February 1917 in Wolverhampton son of John Jesse and Pamela Baker he was the fifth child of eight - Annie, Jack, Frank, Cissie, Doris, Thomas and Sidney.
The 1939 Register records Fred living with his parents and four siblings at 171 Dudley Road Wolverhampton and being employed as a Clerk – General Haulage.
Fred was killed in action 14 July 1943 aged 26.
Grave Reference I. A. 23. CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY, Italy.
On 10 July 1943, the island of Sicily was invaded by British, Commonwealth and USA forces.
No 3 Commando were given orders to capture the Malati Bridge over the river Leonardo intact to allow the 50th Division to continue its advance.
3 Commando were put ashore north of Augusta in the Bay of Agnone from the infantry assault ship HMS Prince Albert and following the railway line, headed west towards Lentini. It had been thought that the only resistance would be from scattered Italian defenders, but straight away the commandos ran into the 3rd Battalion of the Hermann Goering Regiment. This meant that all the way to the bridge there was intensive fighting, but their objective was reached by 0300 on the 14th July.
The Italians guarding the bridge were quickly overcome and it came under British control. The demolition charges were removed, and the commandos now had the task of holding the bridge until the arrival of the 50th Division which was fighting its way up Highway 114.
A German Mk VI Tiger tank appeared than 200 yards away and began firing its heavy machine gun towards the commandos who were around and under the bridge with no cover. Several men were wounded and killed. More tanks could be heard coming down the road and with the 50th Division still not in sight, after a short discussion it was decided that the remaining commandos would withdraw into the hills to the east and reform. Once there they came under heavy fire again and they were ordered to set off in small parties to make for a prearranged rendezvous on the coast. The total casualties from the action were 153 killed, wounded, and missing sadly Fred being one of them.

Bayliss, Frank Raymond Sergeant (Observer) 1153744 
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 27/10/41

Biddulph, Percy Petty Officer Telegraphist D/JX 135822
H.M. Submarine Orpheus Royal Navy
Died 29/6/40

Bradford, Arthur Private 4624526
16th Bn. Durham Light Infantry
Died 11/9/43

Cook, Charles William Able Seaman D/JX 156001
H M S Matabele Royal Navy
Died 17/1/42

Coogan, Gerrard Private 14692038
2nd Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died 8/7/44

Cope, William Powell Captain 195682
Royal Armoured Corps Staffordshire Yeomanry
Died 3/11/42

Cort, William Lance Corporal T/91432
Royal Army Service Corps attd. 73 Coy. Aux. Mil Pioneer Corps
Died 17/6/40

Evans, A*

Finney, Ronald Sapper 2017869
Royal Engineers. 862 Mechanical Equipment Workshop and Park Coy.
Died 21/1/44

Garbett, Alfred Leslie Sergeant T/142371
18 Div. Petrol Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
Died 3/8/43

Harper, William Reginald Thomas Private 4916951
1st Bn. Suffolk Regiment
Died 2/1/45

Hinkinson, Thomas Lance Corporal 2736771
1st Bn. Welsh Guards
Died 5/9/44

Hough, Raymond Driver 184560
1 Motor Amb Royal Army Service Corps
Die 1/4/42

Hubball, Arthur Frederick Flight Sergeant 964247
304 Ferry Training Unit Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 2/10/43

Jones, Edward Private 14630298
8th Bn, Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
Died 6/6/44

Lawley, Christopher James Trooper 321239
15th/19th King’s Royal Hussars, R.A.C.
Died 10/9/44

Lyons, John Thomas Trooper 5055080
3rd Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
Died 18/7/44

Meredith, Wilfred Gunner 984950
2 Field Regt. Royal Artillery
Died 9/8/44

Morris, Gordon Flying Officer 154529
207 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 5/3/45

Morse, Robert Frederick Ordinary Signalman C/JX 233982
H.M. Submarine H.31. Royal Navy
Died 24/12/41

Newitt, Alfred Edward Private 5043949
2nd Bn. The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Died 3/7/44

Nicholls AJ *

Nixon, Arthur Septimus Private 5732510
2nd Bn. Dorsetshire Regiment
Died 1/5/44

Nixon, John Henry Lance Corporal 3529161
2nd (Airborne) Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Died 9/7/43

Parkes, George Raymond Aircraftman 2nd Class 1030370
Base Signals Radar Unit Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 7/11/44

Phillips, Reginald Lance Bombadier 872063
3 H.A.A. Regt. 3 H.A.A. Regt.
Died 26/7/43

Reade, Norman Archibald Private 10601627
5th Bn. Hampshire Regiment
Died 26/2/43

Rowbery, Ivor Private 4928327
2nd (Airborne) Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Died 22/9/44

Sharratt, Leonard Keith Trooper 322864
Staffordshire Yeo. RAC.
Died 26/3/43

Simpson E.*

Smith, Samuel Sergeant 1425790
26 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 30/7/43

Steer, John Derrick Corporal 323989
"A" Sqn. Staffordshire Yeomanry Royal Armoured Corps
Died 18/7/44

Welsh, Lawrence Edward Warrant Officer Class II 556979
The Staffordshire Yeomanry Royal Armoured Corps
Died 30/4/45

White, Stephen George Sergeant (Pilot) 1318824
106 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 26/6/43

Williams, Percy Raynsford Gunner 1555518
529 Bty, 87 Searchlight Regt. Royal Artillery
Died 9/8/41

Willis, Cyril Edward Gunner 1557855
125 Field Regt. Royal Artillery
Died 12/9/44

 

I would like to thank Andy Skidmore for the photographs.