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  • It appears that Helen Adams may have been Olive’s mother as they both appear on the 1901 Census living at 265 Tettenhall Road. Helen was born in 1854 in Coventry. She died in Colwich in 1953 aged 99. Olive married the Rev John Cox in 1945 and died in 1957.
  • Cyril Adey and Harry Arkinstall enlisted in the 6th South Staffordshire Regiment in June 1914 at the Drill Hall in Wolverhampton, arriving in France in March 1915.
  • According to Andrew Thornton’s South Staffords at War, Joseph Baker enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment at the end of 1907 and was serving at Lichfield when war was declared. He had secured a job with the General Post Office in preparation for his discharge after seven years’ service.
  • Joseph Butler was the son of Edward and Emma Butler, and lived at 82 Hart’s Road, Wednesfield
  • An article appeared in the Express & Star on 6 December 1915 concerning the death of Frank Clinton, stating that he was working on the parapet of a trench when he was shot through the spine. His officer wrote to Frank’s widow, “I regarded your husband as one of the best men in the company. By giving his life for his country he has made the supreme sacrifice. He died a noble and honourable death.”
  • Alfred Alexander Eccleston had infantile paralysis or atrophy in his right arm, which meant that he was transferred to the 49th training reserves. Due to his disability getting worse he was medically discharged on 29 November 1918.
  • Samuel Evans worked as a fireman at the Cleveland Ironworks. He trained as a Territorial at Penn Court and Saffron Walden
  • Graham Gardner was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, and was drafted to France on 4 May 1915.
  • John Hopton was a member of the works’ fire brigade at Chillington Edge Tool Works.
  • There is a record of a marriage between Benjamin Jackson and ‘Edith Ada Granger’ in the 3rd quarter of 1909 in Dudley, Staffordshire. Their son, David, was born in the fourth quarter of 1911, also in Dudley. His mother’s name is spelled ‘Grainger’ in this record.
  • Godfrey Ricketts enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment on 5 September 1914.
  • William Simcox enlisted in 1898 and received the Queen’s South Africa Medal with three clasps and the King’s South Africa Medal with two clasps following his service during the Boer War. He was transferred to the Reserve in 1906.

John Richard Maddocks


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John Maddocks was born in Wolverhampton on 2 August 1888, the son of John and Kate Maddocks. By 1901 had moved to Walsall and were living at 396 Pleck Road. John was living with his parents and sisters Florence, Sarah and Kate.

On 20 November 1905, John enlisted in Birmingham in the Worcestershire Regiment (number 9645). Here his trade was listed as “butcher”. John became a Lance Corporal in the 3rd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He was killed in action on 13 January 1915 at Kemmel in Belgium. He is buried at the Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.

Benjamin Jackson


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Benjamin Jackson was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of George and Ellen Jackson. In 1901, they were living at 10 Granville Street, together with Benjamin’s brothers George, Walter, Harry and Frank, and sisters Ellen, Minnie, Olive and Violet. Benjamin’s mother, Ellen, died in 1910. By 1911, they were at 67 Coventry Street, Willenhall Road, and only Benjamin, Harry, Frank, Olive and Violet were living with their widowed father. Benjamin had become a setter in an edge tool works.

Benjamin enlisted as a Private in the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9930). At some point, Benjamin married an Edith Ada (maiden name unknown), and they had a child, David, as both of these are given as next of kin in the Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects. Benjamin Jackson died of wounds received on 8 November 1916, but he was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches on 15 May 1917, as reported in the London Gazette on 22 May 1917. He is buried at the Contay British Cemetery in France.

George Henry Illidge


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George Henry Illidge was born in Wolverhampton in 1879, the son of Noah and Amy J. Illidge. In 1881 they were living at 77 Pountney Street, together with George’s sister, Sarah. By 1891 they were at 20 Mary Ann Street, and George had a further four siblings – Noah R., William A., Mary and Amy. The 21-year-old George was still living with his parents in 1901, at 15 Victoria Place, Coleman Street, along with siblings Noah, William, Harriet, Amy, Arthur, Alice and May, and was working as a brasswork lock finisher.

George enlisted in Birmingham as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery (number 152259), but unfortunately he died of his wounds on 8 July 1918.

Joseph Alfred Green


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The son of John and Florence Green, Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1893. In 1901 Joseph was living with his parents at 30 Bushbury Lane , alongside his brother John and sister Florence. In 1911 they were living at 8 Leicester Terrace, Bushbury Lane, and Joseph had a further four siblings, Sarah, Frank, James Harold, and Ada Ethel By this date Joseph had become a fitters labourer on the railways.
At the age of 19, Joseph enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery on 17 June 1912. His address was given as 11 Railway Cottages, Bushbury and his military papers confirm he was working for London and North Western Railway. He served with the fourth Battalion of the Staffordshire Battery, and his service number was 944. On 23 April 1913, Joseph signed a statement stating that he would agree to serve in the future if necessary. He was recalled the army, rising to the rank of Corporal in the Railway Operating Division of the Royal Engineers (service numbers 150459 and 198516). On 30 August 1916 he was tested in the workshops of the Railway Operating Division and proved himself to be a skilled engine driver.

He was awarded the 1914-18 Star, and was demobilised on 18 December 1918. Joseph died in 1980 at the age of 93.

Update on Thomas Henry Evans



Thomas married Ellen Murphy at St George’s, Wolverhampton, on 3 September 1916. He later rejoined the army on 17 January 1917, when he was posted to the 295th Reserve Labour Company (number 236658). He was 23 years and 11 months old. His address was given as No. 6 Little Park Street, Wolverhampton,where he was living with his wife Ellen and his son Frederick James, born 7 December 1916. Unfortunately his son died on 12 October 1917 in the General Hospital, Wolverhampton. His death was recorded as due to diphtheria and cardiac failure. 

Thomas was discharged from the army on 14 December 1917 as “being no longer physically fit for service”. During his army career he sustained gunshot wounds to the neck and shell damage.  Thomas and Ellen had three further children: Ellen (born in 1918), Thomas H. (born in 1922) and John (born in 1925).

George Thomas Greasley


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George Greasley was born in Bradley, near Bilston, on 14 January 1899. In 1901 the 2-year-old George was listed as a boarder at 39 Bank Street, Bilston, in the household of John Mason. A Sarah J. Greasley died in Wolverhampton in 1900, so if this was his mother, that explains why he was living elsewhere. By 1911 he was living at 2 Sankey Street, off Dudley Street, Bilston, as a boarder with William Henry Caddick. His sister, Ethel Greasley, was also boarding there.

George appears on the Roll of Honour of the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd, indicating that he served with the armed forces during the First World War. However, because his name does not have a gold cross next to it, we know that he survived. There are a number of possibilities for him, but without further information it is difficult to pin down which regiment he served with, or whether he got married and had children. George died at the age of 81 in 1980, and his death was registered in Chatham, in Kent.

Lawrence or Laurence Clayton


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Lawrence Clayton was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of James and Sarah Ann Clayton. In 1891 they were living at 44 Pountney Street, together with Lawrence’s sisters Alice and Ellen and brothers Henry, and James. Lawrence’s niece, Julia Anna Clayton, was also living with them. By 1901 they had moved to 32 Pool Street. Julia was now listed as the daughter (rather than the granddaughter) of James Clayton, and Lawrence had an additional brother, Charles. In 1911, they appear at 34 Bloomsbury Street, with only James, Lawrence and Charles (now listed as a grandson rather than son), still living at home. Lawrence was a bobber for a cycle maker.

Lawrence enlisted as a Private with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9944) and began serving in France on 28 November 1914. He rose to become a Corporal in the 2nd Battalion. He was killed in action on 24 March 1918, and, according to the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects, his next of kin are listed as:

  • Brother James
  • Brother Enoch
  • Sister Nellie Hicklin
  • Nephew James Clayton
  • Niece Nellie
  • Nephew Chas
  • Niece Julia Nolan

He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.


Arnold Wilfred Favill


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Arnold was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, the son of William J. and Lavinia Favill. In 1901 he was living with his parents at 28 Temple Street, Wolverhampton, with brothers Frederick W. and Robert V., sisters Lavinia and Florrie, and boarders Richard and Sarah Rowlands. His father died later that year. By 1911 he was living with his widowed mother at 33 Queen Street, alongside his sister Elizabeth and brothers L. William, Robert V. and Charles S.

Arnold joined the South Staffordshire Regiment and became a Lance Corporal in the 2/6th Battalion (number 240895). He was killed in action in France on 21 March 1918, and appears listed on the Arras Memorial. He is commemorated in the Lady Chapel of St Peter’s Church, as well as on the war memorial of St John’s Church.

Ebor Ecclestone


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Ebor was born in Wolverhampton in 1896, the son of Ebor and Elizabeth Ecclestone. In 1901 he appeared with his parents at 159 Park Street, Wolverhampton, together with his brothers Arthur and John, and sister Beatrice. By 1911 the family had moved to White Hill, 140 Goldthorn Hill, Wolverhampton. Ebor had become an accountant’s clerk.

He enlisted as a Private with the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (service number B/23249), but was killed in action on 4 August 1916 in France. He appears on the Thiepval Memorial.


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