We have been having a phenomenal response to our blog postings recently, with many of you providing updates and further information about some of the individuals featured. Here is a round-up of the details:
- Harold Joseph Beech served with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), not the Royal Scots Guards as stated in the post. He died near Kemmel.
- Joseph Downing joined the Staffordshire Regiment on 2 October 1911. He was discharged on 7 April 1917 with sickness with silver war badge number 44239. It also appears that the Joseph Langley Downing featured in the post was not, in fact, the relative of the original enquirer, as the death dates were different.
- It is likely that Joseph Glaze was wounded in action on the front line near Grandcourt. Two men from the 7th Battalion were wounded on 15 December 1916, with 13 casualties the following day. On 17 December they returned to brigade reserve at Englebelmer. This is taken from the History of the seventh South Staffs Regt edited by Major A H Ashcroft.
- One of our volunteers recognised the Ash View address of Annie Lloyd. The Lloyd family appeared in the 1911 census living at Ash View, the Scotlands. Annie was 16, living with her father James, a “Vermin Steel Trapmaker”, mother Selina and brother Alfred (14). There are four other households that have Ash View as their address in these returns, so it was possibly a terrace of houses. It seems that the address could be on the Cannock Road, but there are not many houses around so the returns cover quite a wide area. He looked through other nearby returns to see if there was a Horace anywhere close but no luck on that.
- One of our readers was very interested in the story of Jack Reading Caswell. 30 years ago she had bought a large framed collection from a London antique shop containing J R Caswell’s medals, the Wolverhampton memorial scroll & the letter from the King. She has offered to send us a photograph which we can add to our collections. At the time she wrote to his old battalion for a brief record of his war & visited his grave in France.
We welcome all additions and updates to information we have already posted, so please get in touch if you can help with fleshing out some of the details!