Joseph Paxon


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Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1890. I have not been able to find any family information, and by 1911 he was in the barracks with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment.

His service number in the 1st Battalion was 8005, and his disembarkation date was given as 4 October 1914. His name was printed in the Express & Star on 12 January 1917 as wounded, but he appears to have recovered from these wounds as he later transferred to the Royal Defence Corps (service number 63997). However, either these or subsequent wounds meant that he became eligible for the Silver War Badge (number 264,252), having been discharged on 5 November 1917. He married a Martha Westhead in York in 1924, and they had three children – Joseph in 1924 registered in Great Ouseburn, Alfred in 1926 registered in York, and Daisy M. in 1928 registered in Wolverhampton. He died in Wolverhampton in 1966.

Frank Louis Malet


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A small article appeared in the Express & Star on 28 June 1915, stating the following:

Dr. Malet, the Wolverhampton Medical Officer of Health, has received an official intimation that his son, Lieutenant Frank Louis Malet, has been missing since the 22nd inst.

He is also mentioned in the Wolverhampton Borough Council minutes 12 July 1915, when the Council

express their deep sympathy with Dr. and Mrs. Malet and family in their anxious suspense whilst awaiting definite information as to the fate of Lieut. F. Louis Malet but trust that at no distant date the joyful news may be forthcoming that he is alive and well.

Frank was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Henry and Helen Kate Malet. In 1901 they were at 14 Waterloo Road, South, and had moved to 20 Waterloo Road by 1911. By this date, Frank and his parents were joined by his brother Henry Roger, sisters Dorothy Mary and Helen Margaret, and servants Annie Morris and Ethel Gobourn. Frank attended Wolverhampton Grammar School, gaining two scholarships. He later moved to study at Worcester College, Oxford, where he was when War broke out.

Frank received a commission in the 12th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in November 1914. He was soon promoted to a first Lieutenancy, and went to the Dardanelles with the 2nd Hampshire Regiment (a battalion of Regulars). It later transpired that he had been killed in action on 4 June 1915 at Gallipoli. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, as well as on the roll of honour in the Lady Chapel in St Peter’s Church. He left effects to the value of £181 1s. 7d. There is a note on his Medal Card that Dr Henry Malet (now of Fisherwick House, Newcastle, County Down) applied for his late son’s medals on 24 Novemebr 1921.

Martin Lavelle


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Martin was born on 1 July 1879, the son of Martin Lavelle and Bridget Ronan or Rownan, who were living at Back Lane, Stafford Street, Wolverhampton, at the time of his birth. By 1891 they were living at Court 7, Stafford Street, together with his sisters Annie and Mary and brother Patrick. There is a blacksmith called Martin Lavelle of about the right age living at 2 Southampton Street, Wolverhampton, together with his wife Annie, in 1911, but I have been unable to confirm whether this is the same man.

Martin enlisted at Leominster in the 1st Battalion of King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (number 15075). From 25 March 1915 he served in France, and received the British War and Victory Medals. Martin was wounded and transferred back to hospital in Exeter. He died of his wounds on 29 April 1918, and is buried in Wolverhampton Borough Cemetery. He is listed on their First World War Roll of Honour.

William Archie Parkes


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William was born on 15 September 1879 in Wolverhampton, the son of Sarah and Arthur Wellesley Parkes. In 1881 they were living at 30 Cobden Street, Wolverhampton, together with his brother Ernest John. He married Elizabeth Emily Beresford on 31 July 1909 at All Saints Church, Wolverhampton, and the couple had two children, Archie and John Stanley Parkes, in 1911 and 1914. In 1911, William, his wife Elizabeth, and father Arthur, were all living at 56 Sutherland Place, Wolverhampton. William was listed as a printer/furniture dealer.

William enlisted on 20 November 1915 in the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 27082). On 17 February 1917, he was captured at Cosselette in France and held at camps at Celle, Cambrai and Soltau. By 24 May 1917, notice had been sent to his father that William was a prisoner of war, as this was reported in the Express & Star. However, he appears to have survived the war. He died in Wolverhampton in 1957.

Norman Woodhead Lane


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Norman Lane was born in Wolverhampton on 13 August 1896. In 1901 he was living with his parents John W. and Emma, and sister Bessie, at 6 Wood Street, Heath Town, Wolverhampton. By 1911, they had moved to 238 Prestwood Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, and were joined by Norman’s siblings Gertrude, Leah and Dennis. Norman was an apprentice brass caster.

Norman served initially as a Corporal in the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 23830) and later in the Lincolnshire Regiment (service number 43320). Whilst in the latter regiment, there was a notice in the Express & Star on 12 May 1917, stating that he had been wounded. However, he did survive the War

There are a few possible marriages for him, but none that I can pin down to him. He died in Wolverhampton in 1976.

Frederick Arthur Kendrick


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Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, but I haven’t been able to track any further personal or family details for him.

He served as a Temporary Lieutenant (Acting Captain) in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. He served in France from 12 July 1916 until 15 November 1916, before transferring to Italy. The London Gazette announced his receipt of the Bar to the Military Cross on 16 September 1918, with the citation as follows:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading a raiding party. He deployed his party so skilfully that in spite of a bright moon the raid was a complete surprise. He led the attack with great dash, himself inflicting several casualties on the enemy. It was largely owing to his skilful handling that the raid was completely successful and cost but few casualties.

His name was listed a second time on 7 January 1919, having been awarded the Italian Silver Medal for Valour. Finally, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (as listed on 10 December 1919), with the following citation:

During operations October 27-29 1918, he showed the greatest gallantry, coolness and devotion to duty. On October 27th he pushed forward rapidly with his company, and captured the village of Tezze, three field guns and 240 prisoners. Again on October 28, his company was first to reach the objective, and he reorganised the battalion front for defence. On October 29, at Cimetta, he was given charge of two front line companies of the battalion. At the beginning of this operation he had one arm broken by a machine gun bullet, but continued to lead the attack through very difficult country and under heavy machine gun fire. Before reaching his objective he was again hit in the other arm, but insisted on continuing to lead the advance, finally clearing the village and capturing a large number of prisoners and machine guns. He only consented to leave after consolidation was complete. By his absolute fearlessness, disregard of his wounds and skilful leadership, he ensured the success of a difficult operation and set a splendid example.


Daniel Inskip


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inskipDaniel was born in 1878 in Wolverhampton.In 1881 and 1891 he was living with his parents, Joseph or Thomas and Julia Inskip, at 18 Coseley Street, Bilston, together with his siblings Alice, Harriett, Thomas, William, Julia and Edwin. By 1891 he was listed as a stone mason.

In 1909 he married Maud Aston in Dudley, and by 1911, Daniel and his wife, Maud were living at No 1, back of 35 Gozzard Street, Bilston, together with their daughter, Irene Maud, and Daniel’s sister, Florence. Daniel was a labourer in an iron works. They had a further daughter, Dorothy E., in 1912. According to an Express & Star article 3 April 1915, he worked at Hickman’s Spring Vale Furnaces, and their address was then the back of 6 Millfield Road, Bilston.

Daniel served with the South Staffordshire Regiment for 12 years, and was then mobilised as a Lance-Corporal to the 2nd Battalion on 12 August 1914 (service number 6160).He was wounded on 10 March 1915, and died of his wounds later that day. He is buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, and commemorated on the Priestfield and High Town Ward memorials.

Harry Male


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Harry (christened Henry) was born in Wolverhampton on 6 April 1894, the son of Charles and Eliza Male. By 1901, they were lodging in the home of Mary Doyle at 4 Michael Place, Manchester. In 1911, they were living in their own home at 106 Slater Street, Oldham Road, Manchester, together with Harry’s younger brother Charles. By now, the 16-year-old Harry was a “Railway Employ Train Checker”.

Harry enlisted in Wolverhampton in the 1st Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (service number 9825), and first entered the war on 22 August 1914. During the course of the war he served also with the 2nd, 8th and 10th Battalions of the Devonshire Regiment, earning the British War and Victory Medals. He died at home on 16 October 1918, although it is unclear what he died of, and he is buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery. His next of kin is given as his aunt, Anne.

George Humphries


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humphriesThe son of John and Mary Jane Humphries, George was born in Tipton in about 1894. In 1901 they were living at 128 Deanes Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, together with George’s siblings Mary Jane, Voilet [sic], John, Samuel, William, Leonard and Sydney. I have not been able to find much more about this man.

In 1912, he enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards (service number 16580). He was killed in action on 12 December 1914, and his photograph appeared in the Express & Star on 23 December that year. His address by then was given as 112 Wood End, Wednesfield. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.

Howard Vivian Mander


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manderHoward was the only son of Lillian and Benjamin Howard Mander (a member of the paint and varnish manufacturers, Mander Bros. Wolverhampton), of Trysull Manor. Howard was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, and was living at Trysull Manor in 1901, together with his sister Brender [sic.] L., a visitor, Doris Dickens, a boarder, Margaret Powers, and 6 servants. Howard’s father Benjamin died on 11 July 1912, leaving behind effects to the value of £155373 10s. 2d. I have not been able to find Howard (or under the name Vivian, as the two seem to have been interchangeable) in the 1911 census. According to an Express & Star article 1 January 1916, Howard attended Wellington College, and was an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford when war broke out.

Howard joined the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment in September 1914. He first served in France from 3 March 1915, and was a Lieutenant and temporary Captain. Along with other medals, he was awarded the Military Cross, as listed in the London Gazette on 14 January 1916.

Howard married Monica C. Hardey in Lichfield in 1919, and they had three children – Howard A. H., Aline L. and Pauline V. – between 1920 and 1926. He married again, this time to Clarice Margaret Graham in Wolverhampton in 1928. I have not been able to find a record of Monica’s death, so it is possible that they got divorced. Later in 1928, Howard and his new wife travelled on the SS Tenyo Maru from Yokohama to Honolulu, Hawaii, arriving in the United States on 22 July 1928. Howard was listed as a varnish manufacturer.

Howard had a further three children with Clarice – Martin Ian, Michael Graham and Robert G. Howard died at the Queen Victoria Nursing Institution in Wolverhampton on 9 April 1950. By the time of his death his address was Congreve Manor, Penkridge. He left behind effects to the value of £101057 15 s. 1d.



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