Daniel Sampson Onions

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Daniel was born in Bridgnorth in 1897, the son of Samuel Thomas and Phoebe Onions. By 1901, they were living at 9 Beacon Street, Sedgley, with Daniel’s brothers James Beaconsfield, John Arthur Balfour, Samuel Thomas, Charles Henry and George Frederick. By 1911 they were at 152 Caledonian Street, Wolverhampton, and Daniel had two additional siblings, Phoebe Sarah and Joseph Edwin. Daniel attended the Higher Grade and Technical Schools in Wolverhampton.

On 22 June 1915, he enlisted with the Royal Engineers (service number 103777). He became a Wireless Operator Learner, and was later a Pioneer and then a Sapper. By June 1915, his trade was clerk. He qualified as a Proficient Telegraphist on 19 May 1916. He served both at home and with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force with the Wireless Section at Giza. On 9 February 1918 he was sent home from hospital as being no longer physically fit for war service following sickness, and was discharged on 2 March 1918. On 16 February 1918 he was issued with a Silver War Badge (number 336114).

Daniel married Alice Lawley in Aston in 1918, and the couple had four sons – Raymond (1919 in Aston), Kenneth (1921), Maurice G. (1923) and Malcolm S. (1931) – the latter three being born in Wolverhampton. Daniel died at St George’s Hospital, Stafford, on 29 July 1965, by which date his address was 6 Vauxhall House, Vauxhall Avenue, Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £289.

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Charles Hood

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The son of Joseph and Eliza Hood, Charles was born in Wolverhampton in 1888. By 1901, the family had moved to Aston, Warwickshire, living at 139 Palace Road. Charles lived with his parents and siblings Joseph H. J., Albert W., Lilian V. and Edith M. Charles married Clarissa E. Dean in Aston in 1910. By 1911, the couple were living at 7 back of 72 Green Lanes, Aston, with their daughter, Edith Lilian. Charles was now a packer for an engineer. The couple also had two further children, Joseph W. and Doris M., in 1914 and 1916 respectively.

Charles enlisted with the 1st/8th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (number 204042). He was killed in action on 4 October 1917 in Belgium. He is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Joseph Wilkes

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Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of Benjamin and Priscilla Wilkes. They were living at 63 Prestwood Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, in 1901, along with Joseph’s siblings Benjamin, Betsy, Clara, Esther, and John Henry. They were at 67 Prestwood Road by 1911, and Joseph had become a general labourer.

Joseph enlisted as a Gunner with the “C” Battery, of the 149th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery (number L/11222). he was wounded, and died of these wounds on 30 June 1917 at Fort Pitt Hill Hospital, Chatham. He is buried in Heath Town (Holy Trinity) Churchyard.

Frederick John Lockley

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The son of Charles and Annie Elizabeth Lockley, Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1890. They were living at 26 Montrose Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901, along with Frederick’s siblings Charles Edward, Annie Maud, Nellie May, Edith Amy, Elsie May, Agnes Mabel and Albert Ernest. They were at the same adress in 1911, and Frederick had an additional sibling, Elizabeth Ann. Frederick had become a railway messenger. He worked as a Claims Inspector for the London and North Western Railway at Wolverhampton station.

Frederick attested on 17 November 1915, and was mobilised in May 1917. He enlisted in the Royal West Kent General Service Cavalry (number 37815, later 20108). He was appointed Lance Corporal in November 1917 and Acting Corporal in June 1918. He served in Italy and France, but was killed in action on 27 September 1918. He is buried at Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery in France, and remembered on the memorial at Wolverhampton Railway Station.

Ernest Edward Banks

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Ernest was born in Cannock on 26 November 1891, the son of John and Alice Kate Banks. In 1901, they were living at 218 Stockwell End, Tettenhall, together with Ernest’s siblings John Walter, Edith E., Alice, Dorothea Kate, and Constance Nellie. They were at 50 Showell Road, Bushbury, Wolverhampton, by 1911, with an additional sister, Violet Rose. Ernest was a clerk for a motor manufacturer.

Ernest served during the First World War, as his name is listed on the Bushbury roll of honour, and he survived. However, I have been unable to confirm details of his service.

In 1928, he married Evelyn K. Page, and they had a son, John, in 1932. They were living at 146 Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton, in 1939, and Ernest was working as a clerk for the civil service. Ernest died in Wellington, Shropshire, in 1974.

James Oliver Burgess

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James was born in Wolverhampton in 1888, the son of James and Sarah Ann Burgess. In 1901, they were living at 23 Drayton Street, Wolverhampton, along with James’s sister, Sarah Louisa. His mother died in 1908, so by 1911, James was living with his widowed father at 108 Lime Street, Wolverhampton. His sister, Sarah, had married Charles Richard Tunney, and the couple and their two children were also living at the same address. James was a driller working for a motor works.

James married Ada Rock in 1915 and they had a daughter, Marie L., later the same year. James’s name is listed on the Bushbury Roll of Honour, so he did serve during the First World War, and survived, but I have been unable to confirm details of his military service.

James died in Wolverhampton in 1965.

John William Durose

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John was born in Wolverhampton in 1882, the son of James and Sarah Jane Durose. By 1901, John’s father had died, and he was living at 75 Leslie Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, with his widowed mother and siblings Lizzie, Sarah and James. John was a fireman at stationery engine.

John enlisted with the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (first number 3957, later 241080). He first served in France from 19 August 1915. He was killed in action on 1 July 1916. The Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects lists his sole legatee as Florence Mary Perry, but it is unclear how she is linked with John Durose. He is buried at the Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery in Foncquevillers.

John William Henry Bircher

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John was born in Wolverhampton in 1886. It is unclear who his parents were; by 1891 he was living with his grandparents Samuel and Priscilla Bircher, at 22 Temple Street, Bilston. He married Emily Eliza Bickley in Wolverhampton in 1907. The couple had a son, Robert (1908) and a daughter, Ellen (1910). By 1911, he was living in the home of Albert Edward and Ellen Priscilla Fellows at 90 Temple Street, and was down as “Son” of the head of the household. John was a sheet mill worker at an iron works. His wife and daughter were living with her sister Martha and her husband William Thomas Pope at 16 Stone Street, Bilston. Unfortunately both Robert and Ellen died in infancy.

John enlisted in the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 12082). He first served in the Balkans from 6 October 1915. Unfortunately he was wounded and died of these wounds on 16 August 1917. He is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium, as well as on the Bilston New Town Ward Roll of Honour.

Richard John Sargeant

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Richard was born in Wolverhampton in 1885, the son of Richard and Jane Sargeant. In 1911, they were living at Woodhouses, Pattingham, along with Richard’s brothers George, William, Jack, Harry, Edward, Alfred and Frederick, and sister Rose. Richard worked as a labourer on a farm.

Richard enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps as a Driver (number T3/027796) and later joined the 15th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (number 28219). He was killed in action on 4 September 1918. He is buried at Voormezeele Enclosure No 3 in Belgium, and remembered on the roll of honour at Pattingham.

Christopher Samuel Turner

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Christopher was born in Wolverhampton on 3 February 1890, the son of William and Sarah Ellen Turner. In 1901, they were living at 127 Dunstall Road, Wolverhampton, along with Christopher’s siblings Beatrice A., Harold Edwin, and Horace Maxwell. By 1911, they were at 32 Bromley Street, Blakenhall, and Christopher had a younger sister, Kate Evelyn. The 22-year-old Christopher was an engineer’s fitter for a motor manufacturer. Later he worked for the Weldless Steel Tube Company Limited. He married Emily Elise Pickford at St Andrew’s Church, Wolverhampton, on 2nd February 1912, and they had Christopher (1913), Horace (1915), Jon M. (1920) and Harold E. (1928).

On 8 August 1914, he enlisted with the Army Service Corps (number 3237). His trade was now given as motor driver. He served in France until September 1915, when he was wounded in his left foot. On 20 February 1916 he was discharged as being no longer physically fit for war service, due to an injury to his right foot. Whether this was the same injury as above is unclear. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 60786) on 7 October 1916.

He survived the war and was living as 7 Fellows Street, Wolverhampton, in 1939, still working as a motor mechanic. He died on 27 February 1946 at the Royal Hospital Wolverhampton, by which date his address was 208 Bushbury Lane. The value of his effects was £195 15s. 6d.