Update on Charles Harry Taylor

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taylor-c.h.Charles was featured on this blog in September 1915. An article appeared about him, including a photograph, in the Midland Counties Express on 11 December 1915, however as his first name was given as “Harry”, the connection was not made immediately.

This article gives some details about Charles or Harry’s career to date. He first worked for Wolverhampton Education Authority until January 1905, when he left to work at Chelmsford under the Education Committee of Essex County Council. In June 1913, he joined the accountancy department of Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron, and Coal Co., Ltd, at Ebbw Vale.

On the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the Gloucester Hussars (Yeomanry), with whom he served until March 1915. He was then commissioned, first as second-lieutenant and later full lieutenant, with the 10th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. Having “rendered good service” and being “occupied continuously with the duties imposed upon him”, he succumbed to rheumatism and shock, and was granted leave of absence to visit his mother and relatives. Unfortunately, he was sailing on the ill-fated hospital ship, Anglia, and was reported drowned by the War Office.

William Reynolds

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reynolds-wThe son of Joseph and Mary Reynolds, William was born in Wolverhampton in 1889. In 1891, they were living at 61 Prestwood Road, Heath Town, together with William’s siblings Agnes H., Joseph, Andrew, John, Mary I., and Abraham. When he grew up, William worked at the Culwell Works, Heath Town.

William enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards (number 14848), and being a Reservist he was recalled to the colours in August 1914. He was wounded in his left hip and taken prisoner at St Quentin on 31 August 1914. Unfortunately, whilst a prisoner of war, he was taken ill with a fever, and died on 15 October 1915. He was buried at Cologne Southern Cemetery, and he is presumably the W. Reynolds on the Heath Park memorial. His photograph and in identical article appeared in both the Express & Star on 4 January 1916 and the Wolverhampton Chronicle on 5 January 1916.

Edwin James Bruerton

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Edwin was born in Cardiff in 1892, the son of Edward and Fanny Bruerton. The family were still in Wales in 1901, in 18 Lincoln Street, Canton, Glamorgan, and Edwin appeared with his parents and siblings Florence May, Minnie and Fanny. Edwin’s parents had moved to Wolverhampton by 1911, to No 9 No 2 Court Walsall Street, however Edwin was elsewhere. In 1908 he had enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment, so he appeared in 1911 at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield (although his surname was given as “Brewerton”). His parents later lived at 29 Union Mill Street.

He was serving in South Africa when war was declared. He was with the 1st battalion (number 8590), and was said to have been the tallest man in the regiment. An article dated 11 December 1915 in the Midland Counties Express stated that he was a very good shot and had won prizes for his skill, as well as being a member of the regimental football team. He served in France for a few weeks, before being killed in action on 7 November 1914. However, official news of his death did not reach his parents until nearly a year later. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Arthur Cadman

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Arthur was born in 1886, the son of Richard and Mary Jane Cadman. In 1901, they were living at No 1 Mount Pleasant/Bilston Road together with Arthur’s siblings Harry, Thomas, Florence, Georgina, Lily, Samuel and Joseph. By 1911, they were at 341 Bilston Road, and Arthur was a labourer at an iron mill. At some point, Arthur worked at Chillington Edge Tool Works as an electrician. He was also a bowler with the St Silas’s Cricket Club and a member of the Chillington Works Cricket Club. He also played football for Bradley.

Arthur Cadman enlisted with the Army Service Corps (number M2/078454). He died at sea on 3 November 1915. He is commemorated on the Gibraltar Memorial

Joseph Henry Denning

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Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of George and Martha Denning. In 1901 the family were living at 11 St Mary Street, Wolverhampton. By 1911 Joseph was living with his widowed mother at 31 Oak Street, Wolverhampton, along with siblings George, Annie, Alice, and Harry, sisters-in-law Winnifred and Clara and nieces Lucy and Rosy. Joseph was a brass caster at H. B. Whitehouse & Sons foundry in Coseley. Joseph married Ada A. Davies in Wolverhampton in 1914. At some point he was also employed at Skitt’s, Temple Street, Wolverhampton.

He enlisted first in the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 43853) and then in the 2nd Battalion of the South Wales Borderers in 1914 (number 24740). He went with his regiment to the Dardanelles but was wounded, and died of his wounds whilst at sea on the hospital ship Salto on 20 September 1915. This was reported in the Midland Counties Express on 30 October 1915. He is comemmorated on the Helles Memorial.

Henry Williams

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williams-hHenry was born in Wolverhampton in 1874, the son of Evan and Frances Williams. He married Harriet Eccleshall in Wolverhampton in 1906, and the couple had five children – Joseph, Nellie, Mary Jane, Harriet I. and Harry B. In 1911, they were living at 28 Field Street, Springfields, Wolverhampton, and Henry (now known as Harry) was a maltster labourer for a brewery. They later lived at 10 Bank Street, Park Village.

Having served in the South African War, Henry rejoined the 8th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment at the outbreak of war (number 118923), rising to become a Corporal. He first served in France from 15 July 1915. He died on 12 October 1917 in Belgium. His medal card states that he died of wounds, but the account in the Midland Counties Express states that he was killed in action. He is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Bertie Eden

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edenBertie was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of William and Rose Hannah or Rosannah Eden. In 1911, he was living with his widowed mother, sister Annie and brother James at 323 Prestwood Road, Heath Town. He was a labourer, and at some point he wirked at the Culwell Works of Messrs. J. Evans and Sons.

He enlisted in the 8th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 31875). However, on 12 October 1917 he was shot by an enemy sniper in Belgium and killed. He is remembered at the Poelcapelle British Cemetery, as well as on the Heath Park memorial. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 10 November 1917.

Sidney John Dark

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Sidney was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of John and Mary Dark. In 1901 and in 1911, he was living with his parents at 226 Lea Road, Wolverhampton, along with his sisters Evelyn, Elsie May and Amy Elizabeth, and brother Geoffrey. Sidney was a press tool maker.

On 22 October 1915, he enlisted with the Army Service Corps (number 134524). By this date, his trade was a turner. He served in France from 21 November 1915 until 18 January 1919.

Sidney married Hannah Tanswell in 1919, and they had two children, Clifford S. and Hylda M., in 1920 and 1924. Sidney died in Wolverhampton on 27 May 1939 at the age of 45. By the date of his death, his address was 56 Osborne Road, Penn, and the value of his effects was £971 9s 10d. His First World War service was honoured on the memorial from Penn Road Wesleyan Chapel.

Louis Oscar Caddick

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Louis was born in Wolverhampton on 28 May 1896, the son of William and Laura Caddick. They were living at 2 Graisley Hill in 1901. By 1911, they were living at 63 Graisley Row, Wolverhampton, along with Louis’ siblings Violet Dorothy, Laura Magdalen, Lillian Isabel, Will and Harry. By this date, Louis was a butcher’s errand boy.

Louis enlisted first with the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 2550) and later with the Northumberland Fusiliers (number 55690). He first served in France from 16 July 1915. Louis survived the war and is mentioned on the Penn Road War memorial as one of the local men who served.

Louis married Martha Freda Anderson on 6 October 1919 in Wolverhampton. They had four children – Roy Louis, Peggy Arline, Kenneth William and Karl Raymond – between 1921 and 1926. The family emigrated first to Canada (arriving December 1920, and later to America, arriving in Noyes, Minnesota on 25 February 1922. Louis later worked for Wallace Barnes Co, Bristol, Connecticut. He became naturalised on 8 February 1939. In 1942, he registered for the draft in World War Two, by which date his address was 119 Henderson Street, Hartford, Connecticut. Louis died in Connecticut in 1978.

Dorothy Frances Anne Blizzard

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Dorothy was born in Wolverhampton on 26 November 1893, the daughter of Francis Robert and Emily Blizzard. In 1911, they were living at 48 Compton Road, Wolverhampton, along with Dorothy’s sister, Beatrice Emily, and a servant, Lavinia Page.

Dorothy served as a nurse with the British Red Cross during the war, from 1 March 1918 until 15 March 1919, at the 1st Western General Hospital in Liverpool. Her address by this date was 52 Compton Road, Wolverhampton.

Dorothy does not appear to have ever married, and she died in 1978 in Malvern, Worcestershire, at the age of 85.