Henry Dale


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Henry was born in Wolverhampton in 1874, the son of Joseph and Mary Dale. On 11 March 1900, he married Mary Jane Rowley at St George’s Church, Wolverhampton, and he was living with his parents-in-law, William and Ann Rowley, at 23 Ward Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901. They had moved to Railway Buildings, Five Ways, Wolverhampton, by 1911, along with their four children – William Henry, Mary, Lily and Edith Ellen. Henry was a carter for a railway company. They later had a further three children – Joseph, Doris and George.

On 31 August 1914, Henry enlisted in the 3rd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9838 and later 18124), by which date his address was given as 4 Little Park Street, Wolverhampton. He was discharged on 30 May 1917 following sickness. He had previously served in India with the 2nd Battalion, and was discharged in 1899 as being medically unfit for further service. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 192189) on 23 May 1917. Unfortunately he died in Wolverhampton later that year. His name does not appear on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site, but is on the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour.


Percy Cartwright


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Percy was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Henry and Mary Cartwright. In 1901 they were living at 7 Shrubbery Street, along with Percy’s brother, John Henry. They were at the same address in 1911, by which date Percy was a van boy for an iron and tube manufacturer.

Percy’s name appears on the Roll of Honour of the Higher Grade School, indicating that he did serve, and gave his life, during the First World War. However, I have been unable to confirm details of his military service or death, so if anybody has any further information, we would love to hear it.

John Thomas Barry


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John was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Thomas and Bridget Barry. They were living at 1 Court, Gough Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901, along with John’s brothers, James and Edward. By 1911, John was boarding in the home of Thomas Grady at 18 Gandy Street, Warrington, where he was working as a labourer for a wire manufacturer.

John enlisted with the 1st/5th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment as a Private, first under the service number 4783 and later 241413. He was killed in action on 12 October 1918 in France. He is buried at the Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension.

Arthur Robert Banting


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Arthur was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Banting. In 1901, they were living at 77 Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton, along with Arthur’s siblings Clara A., Thomas William, Rose H., Gertrude E., Edith Alice, and Frederick Charles. By 1911, they were living at 265 Dunstall Road, Wolverhampton, and there were an additional three siblings – Elizabeth Caroline, John Gill and Evelyn Daisy. Arthur now worked in an office at a nut and bolt manufacturer.

In 1917, Arthur enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps (service number 82914). However, unlike his brothers, he survived the war. His name appears on the roll of honour of the Higher Grade School, but it is possible that his initials were put on, instead of one of his brothers

Arthur married Margaret Lee in Christchurch in 1921, and the couple had three children – Peter A. (1923), Michael R. (1929) and Margaret E. (1931). Arthur died in Wolverhampton in 1958.

Thomas Henry Asprey


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Thomas was born in Aston in 1880, the son of William and Sarah Asprey. In 1901, they were living at 66 Oxford Street, Wolverhampton, along with Thomas’s siblings May Ann, William, Emily, Harry, Rebecca, Isaiah, Maud, Elsie and Samuel. In 1903, he married Harriet Darby in Wolverhampton, and they were living at No 13 House, 2 Court, Eagle Street, Wolverhampton, in 1911, along with two sons, Thomas Henry and Sampson William. Thomas was a blacksmith, working with iron fencing and working for agate and fencing manufacturer.

Thomas enlisted as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers (service number 89828), and first served in France from 12 September 1915. He suffered gas poisoning, and was discharged from the E.T.C. Newark on 11 July 1916. He was awarded a Silver War Badge (number 112,267) on 30 December 1916 (although the record has his initials incorrectly listed as “G. H.”).

Thomas died in Wolverhampton in 1921, at the age of 40. His name is not listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site, but does appear in the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour, so it is possible that his death was attributed to his war service. His name also appears on the memorial of the Monmoor & Victoria Works, where he presumably worked.

Thomas Probert


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Thomas was born in Bilston in 1896, the son of William and Isabella Probert. They were living at 29 Hartshorn Street, Bilston, in 1901, together with Thomas’s brothers William, John and Edward, and sister Elizabeth. They had moved to 27 Shale Street, Bilston, by 1911, and Thomas had become and Assistant at the Gas Works.

Thomas’s name appears on a list of local men who had enlisted, in the annual reports of the Bilston District Provident Society. However, I have not been able to confirm details of his military service. He survived the war, however, and died in Bilston in 1954.

Leonard Rollo


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rolloLeonard was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of George Turpie and Margaret Rollo. In 1901, they were living at 18 Dalton Street, along with Leonard’s siblings Edward G., William C. and Gladys. By 1911, Leonard was a boarder in the home of Albert Edward Cuxson at 17 Arthur Street, Dudley Road, Wolverhampton. Leonard was now working as an invoice clerk for an iron founder and hollowware manufacturer. He later worked for the Wolverhampton Chief Assistant Overseer, J. Ransford.

Leonard became a Sergeant in the 62nd Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 37194). On 2 October 1917, Mr Ransford sent a letter to the clerk of Wolverhampton Borough Council, Sir Horatio Brevitt, which appears in the Council Communications Book. This letter states:


Roll of Honour

I have pleasure in informing you that one of my Staff – Sergt Leonard Rollo of the 62nd Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. – has been awarded the Military Medal for meritorious work in France.

I thought you might perhaps like to add this information to the above Roll, and if you consider such an honour warrants it, perhaps you will kindly bring the matter to the notice of your Council.

This request was not, however, taken up, as the eventual Roll of Honour only contained the names of men who had died, and Leonard survived the war.

Leonard married Doris Flynn in Wolverhampton in 1920. The couple had an unnamed daughter in 1922, and a son, Colin, in 1925. Leonard died on 15 July 1932 at the Wolverhampton Royal Hospital, by which date his address was 52 Hazel Road, Oxbarn Estate, Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £366 1s. 8d.

Leonard James Machin


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Leonard was born in Cannock in 1895, the son of John and Mary A. Machine. In 1901, they were living at 22 Bushbury Lane, Bushbury, along with Leonard’s brother, John, and sisters Lilian M. and Emma Jane. Their address in 1911 was given as 8 Railway Buildings, Bushbury, Wolverhampton, and Leonard was now working as a labourer for a railway company. He does appear listed as a Carboy in the salary records of the London and North Western Railway, but the dates of his service are left blank.

Leonard enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 39442). However, I have not been able to find out any further details of his military service, other than the fact that he survived the war.

Leonard married Evelyn Spencer in 1921 in Cannock. He died in Wolverhampton on 4 June 1956. By this date, his address was given as 8 Ewins Street, Wolverhampton, and the value of his effects was £1394 9s. 1d.

The sad death of William Aubrey Luntley


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luntleyA newspaper cutting in one of our scrapbooks recounts the death of William Aubrey Luntley, manager of the Corporation Tramways and whose address was Winchelsea, Penn Road, Wolverhampton. At the age of 42, William was not overseas, but served as a private in the Wolverhampton Volunteer Rifle Corps. He had been out scouting with the Corps at Perton, when he slipped in a ditch, came into contact with his bayonet, and was injured. Although he received medical treatment, he died on 25 October 1915.

William was born in 1873, the son of William and Mary C. Luntley. In 1891 they were living at 54 Penn Road, along with William’s sister, Florence. William was a clerk to a manufacturer. By 1901, his mother was widowed, they were living at 4 Church Street, and William was an inspector for the tramway company. William married Alice Maud Spencer in 1902, and the couple were living at Winchelsea, 70 Penn Road, in 1911. By now, William had become General Manager of the Corporation Tramways.

Both the newspaper article and the Coroner’s inquest include details of a witness statement from fellow member of the Volunteer Rifle Corps, Private Henry Ward Vaughan. Vaughan described how they had to jump over a fence, with a ditch on the other side, , which is where William slipped. Apparently he did not complain of any pain at the time, and got up and carried on with manoeuvres. It was only a couple of months later that Vaughan heard of William’s illness.

The doctor who treated William, spoke of an abscess that had formed. William had various operations at the Queen Victoria Nursing Institute, and each time it looked as if he was going to get better, but he became worse, eventually going into the General Hospital where he died. The doctor believed that his death was due to blood poisoning. The jury returned with a verdict of “Accidental death”.

Commandant Carr, of the Wolverhampton Rifle Corps, attended the inquest, and expressed his sorrow at the death of William Luntley. He stated that, although he was a private, he

showed promise of coming very speedily to the front in matters connected with the corps. It having been found that he died as a result of injuries received whilst serving with the corps, they might take it that he had fallen for his country just as much as if he had gone to the front.


Gerald Fortescue Ibbs


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Gerald was born in Hartlepool on 22 November 1897, the son of William and Eliza Jane Ibbs. By 1911, they were living at Andover Villa, Oxley Bank, Bushbury, along with Gerald’s siblings Arthur, Lilian, Richard and Geoffrey.

On 13 January 1914, Gerald joined the Royal Navy (number J29218), first serving on the HMS Impregnable. Gerald served on various ships throughout the war, until August 1919.

He married Harriet Emily Walters in Wolverhampton in 1925, and the couple had three children – Donald F. (1928), Cathleen H. E. (1930) and David R. (1933). Gerald died on 13 November 1960 at Four Ashes, Penkridge, by which date his address was 18 Market Lane, Lower Penn, Wolverhampton, The value of his effects was £465 10s. 8d.