Richard Weaver

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Richard Weaver was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Abraham and Alice Weaver. In 1901 they were living at 97 Ash Street, together with Richard’s brothers John and William and sisters Alice, Dorothy, Maud and Nellie. He attended St John’s School and later worked for Messrs. James Gibbons of Church Lane.

In 1907 he enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8084) and became a Corporal. According to a piece in the Midland Counties Eweaver0002xpress on 25 November 1916,

In the course of a fierce engagement with the foe he was wounded in the left side, and it was from the effect of these injuries that he passed away in hospital on October 29th 1914.

He had been involved in the retreat from Mons and the battles of Marne and Aisne. He had also served four years in South Africa and Gibraltar. He is commemorated at the Ypres Town Cemetery, and on the memorial of Trinity Methodist Chapel, Compton Road. He may also be the Richard Weaver listed on the memorial of Cable Street Mills.

Frederick John Easterbrook

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Frederick John Easterbrook was born in 1889 in Wolverhampton to parents Edward and Hannah Easterbrook. In 1901 they were living at 136 Great Brickkiln Street, together with Frederick’s brother William and sisters Florrie and Lillie.

Frederick enlisted in the 3rd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (number 39960). He died on the 6 August 1917 at the age of 28 and is commemorated at the Brandhoek New Military Cemetery in Belgium. He also appears on the war memorial for St Chad and St Mark’s Church.

Frederick Thomas Walker

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walker0002Frederick Thomas Walker was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Frederick and Annie M. Walker. In 1901, the family appear at 56 Granville Street, together with Frederick’s brothers George and Sidney and sister Elsie. He was taught at All Saints’ School.

He enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9186) and became a Lance-Corporal. He died from wounds received in action on 3 October 1914, at the age of 20. He appears in the Midland Counties Express on 25 November 1916. He is commemorated at the Soupir Churchyard in France.

Harry Edge

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edgeHarry Edge was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Thomas Henry and Emma Jane Edge. In 1901, they were living in 89 Heath Street, Heath Town, and Harry and his parents were joined by his brothers George, Richard and William, and sister Edith. He was educated at Causeway Lake School in Alma Street, and later worked at Joseph Evans and Sons, Culwell Works, Heath Town.

He enlisted in the 13th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner on 28 August 1914. He was wounded by a piece of shell on 28 July 1916, and later died the same day. He appears in the Midland Counties Express on 18 November 1916, where it is stated that he was “greatly esteemed by the officers and men of his battery”. By this date, his mother’s address was given as 103 Heath Street. The article also mentioned two of his brothers who were also serving, Gunner Richard Edge of the Royal Garrison Artillery (who had spent five years in Africa under General Botha), and Bugler Edge of the Field Ambulance who had been with the Territorial Force for 8 years, including two years at the front. Harry Edge is commemorated at the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension in France, as well as on the Heath Park memorial.

William J. Davies

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Davies0002William J. Davies was born in Willenhall in around 1893, the son of Richard and Emily  Davies. By 1901, the family were living at 414 Newhampton Road West in Wolverhampton. William appeared with his parents, his brothers Frank, George G., and Harry, and his sister Jane. He attended Springfield Road Council Schools, and later was employed at the London and North Western sheds at Bushbury.

He enlisted as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery (number 99868). He was killed in action on the 9 September 1916 at the age of 23, by which stage his parents were living at 71 Coleman Street, Whitmore Reans. He appeared in the Midland Counties Express “Pictorial Roll of Honour” on 18 November 1916. He is commemorated at the Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, in France.

William Antwis

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William Antwis was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of William and Mary. In 1901, they were living at 12 Derry Street, together with William’s brother, Thomas.

William enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 19083). He died on 26 October 1917 at the age of 27, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He also appears on the memorial for the Monmoor & Victoria Works, so presumably he was a former employee there.

John Evans

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evansJohn Evans was born in Wolverhampton in around 1889. Given his common name, there are a couple of possibilities for him in the 1901 census (using the other information we have about him). He is either the 12-year old John Evans living at 12 Dixon Street (with parents John and Maria, brothers Harry and Percy, sisters Clara, Lilly and Maud, and a boarder Charlie Wright) or the 11-year old John Joseph Evans at 13 Boscobel Place (with parents John and Lydia Elizabeth, brothers Arthur and Francis W., and sister Clara).

In 1907, he enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8498) and rose to become Lance Corporal. During the course of his service he was twice stationed in Africa and once in Gibraltar. On 28 October 1914 he tried to rescue a wounded officer “who lay in a dangerous position”, and was killed himself. An article in the Express & Star dated 13 February 1915 described these circumstances. His father, Mr J. J. Evans, of 1a Red Hill Street, off Stafford Street, had received a postcard from his son’s sergeant, who himself had been wounded and lay in a Bournemouth hospital. John Evans is commemorated a the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He may also appear on the memorial of the Wolverhampton Higher Grade School (where there is a “J. Evans”).

 

Albert Edward Pearce

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Albert Edward Pearce was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of Robert and Mary Ann Pearce (nee Scanlon). In 1901 they were living at No 7 Court 5, Littles Lane, together with Albert’s brother Robert Hugh and sister Harriet. In 1911 they were at 1 House 6 Court Littles Lane, by which stage Albert had become a labourer for a tube manufacturer.

Albert enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery on 10 December 1915 (number 133227) as a Gunner. In March 1917 he was confined to his barracks for 7 days for “conduct to the prejudice of good order”. In July 1917 he was confined to his barracks for 9 days and forfeited 1 day’s pay for, among other things, drunkenness and overstaying his leave. He survived the war, and was demobilised in October 1919. He married Mary A. Southall in 1924. The couple do not appear to have had any children. Albert died at the age of 72 in 1963.

George Hidens

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George Hidens was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hidens (nee Smith). In 1901 they were living at 15 Gibbs Street, Whitmore Reans, together with George’s brothers Joseph and Frederick and sister Esther. They were at the same address in 1911, and were joined by George’s sister Florence. By this date, George had become a canal boat builder like his father.

George first enlisted in the army on 27 August 1908 at the age of 17, serving four years with the 3rd North Midland Ambulance Regiment (number 320). When war broke out he reenlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 421010), attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He died on the 24 April 1917, and is buried at the Canadian Cemetery No.2, Neuville-St. Vaast, France. He also appears on the RAMC memorial in St Peter’s Church, as well as on the memorial of Queen Street Congregational Church.

Arthur Simister

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Arthur Simister was born in 1898 in Bushbury (his birth was registered at Cannock), the son of George and Mary Simister. In 1901, the family were living at 20 Sherwood Terrace, and the household consisted of Arthur and his parents, brothers Thomas, Frank and Alfred, and sisters Rose and Elsie. By 1911, they had moved to Hednesford in Staffordshire. The only children still living with their parents by this date were Arthur, Alfred and Herbert.

On 22 April 1915, Arthur enlisted with the 15th Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (number R/12382). His military records include the fact that he was deprived 10 days’ pay on 19 May 1916 for “Disobedience of Battalion orders re throwing away old clothes.” Later in the year he had a hernia and was admitted to hospital. In August 1917 he was wounded in the arm and leg by bullets. He died on 1 September 1918, and is commemorated at the Vis-En-Artois Memorial. He is also listed on the Bushbury memorial at St Mary’s Church.

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