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.

Frederick Harold Andrews


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Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1888, the son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Andrews. In 1901, they were living at 34 Oak Street, Wolverhampton, along with Frederick’s siblings Bernard, Madeline, Arthur and William Harry. They were at the same address in 1911, by which date Frederick had become a secretary to a gear case manufacturer. He married Daisy Maude Speed in  the Wesleyan Chapel, Newhampton Road, Wolverhampton on 20 December 1913. They had a daughter, Hilary Joyce, born on 23 January 1917.

On 10 December 1915, Frederick enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery (number 167732), by which date his address was 26 Argyle Road, Wolverhampton. His trade was given as Chief Clerk and Secretary, Walters Wolverhampton Ltd.  Included in his service file is a letter from the company, giving their address as Melbourne Street, Wolverhampton, stating their consent to his leaving their employment to join the army. He was mobilised on 3 July 1917, and demobilised on 25 September 1919. Unfortunately, when he moved house from Oak Street to 125 Park Lane, Low Hill Estate, Wolverhampton, he appears to have lost his discharge certificate and papers, and there is a letter on his file requesting copies of these, “for the purpose of obtaining a position in the Ministry of Labour office”.

Frederick’s name also appears on the list of Wolverhampton Special Constables, presumably he served as such in the early part of the War, prior to being mobilised.

Andrew Anderson


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Andrew was born in Bilston in 1891, the son of Andrew and Amy Anderson. By 1911, they were living at 24 Bridge Street, Bilston, along with Andrew’s siblings Arthur, Emma, Amelia, Florrie and Amy. Andrew was a stamper for a galvanized bracket maker. Later that year, Andrew married Mary Ann Bromley, and the couple had three children – Elsie N., Emma and Florence – between 1912 and 1914.

Andrew enlisted initially in the Royal Field Artillery (number 71221), before transferring to the 4th Battalion of the London Regiment (number G/16744). He first served in France from 7 December 1915. He was killed in action on 27 March 1916. He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, as well as on the Bilston High Town Ward roll of honour.

Charles Lloyd


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Charles was born in Willenhall on 21 May 1889, the son of Alfred and Mary Lloyd. They were then living at 17 Bridge Street, Portobello. By 1901, the were living at 32 Dark Street, Heath Town, along with Charles’s siblings Harry, Margaret, Mary, Betsey, Edward, Alfred, William and Alice. By 1911, they were at 4 Chapel Street, Moseley Village, and Charles had become a blacksmith. He married Minnie Lett in Wolverhampton in 1911, and they went on to have three children – Edward C., William and Charles – between 1911 and 1915.

Charles enlisted in the 8th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 15526). He first served in France from 14 July 1915, but was killed in action on 5 July 1916.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, and he may be the “C. Lloyd” listed on the roll of honour of the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd.


Joseph Walters


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Joseph was born in Bilston in 1884, the son of John Walters. In 1901 they were living at 15 Stringes Lane, Willenhall, together with Joseph’s siblings John W., Ruth, Ernest, Mabel, Vincent and Ethel. By 1911 they were at 186 Stringes Lane and Joseph was a bolt maker at the docks.

On 13 January 1915, Joseph enlisted, serving first with the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 49532), then with the Royal Sussex Regiment (number 6076), and finally with the Labour Corps (number 395975). His address by this date was 27 Beckett Street, Bilston, and he was an iron labourer. He served in France.

On Joseph’s service file, there is a letter, dated 9 May 1916, with the following heading:

No. 6076 Private J. Walters, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Reported Killed in Action 29th October 1915

However, this did not apply to Joseph. It appears that a John Walters, service number 6038, had been serving under the service number 6076, so Joseph had been incorrectly identified as having been killed in action. The letter on Joseph’s file confirms the correct details.

Joseph himself was wounded on two occasions, however. On 3 July 1916 he received a gun shot wound in his abdomen, and on 4 May 1917 a gun shot wound in the right arm. He was listed as wounded in the Express & Star on 28 May 1917. His wounds were the reason he was transferred to the Labour Corps, where he continued serving for the rest of the war, before being discharged on 5 March 1919. I have not been able to confirm further details of Joseph’s life.