An article appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 17 November 1917 mentioning Samuel Ansell of Bilston, who had lived with his sister Mrs Meese at 17 Bow Street, Bilston. He was 30 years old when he enlisted into the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment 2 years ago, and had been wounded twice while on active duty for 18 months. He had been greatly respected by all. The article was accompanied by a photograph.

The CWGC website has “S Ansell Rank: Private Service No: 18527 Date of Death: 09/10/1917 Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment 6th Bn. Grave Reference: XLIV. D. 16.Cemetery: POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY.” This cemetery is in Belgium.

Details from S Ansell’s Medal Card Index are “Private no 18527 York & Lanc R” Remarks ” K in A 9-10-17″ Theatre of War first served in “3 Egypt Date of Entry therein 25-10-15.”

Military records include his Casualty Form Active Service and Medical History. Some entries are difficult to decipher however we learn that he was born at Sedgwick (Sedgley) enlisted at Pontefract 21 Jan 1915, Occupation: Miner, he had various scars, his age was 29 years 11 months, and he was 5ft 7¾ ins tall. Joined Bn 21-11-15, Evacuated Gallipoli 20-12-15, Arrived in Egypt 3-12-15, Wounded in action 12-12-16, Rejoined Battalion 28-12-16, Admitted to Hospital again 1st or possibly 4-1-17, Rejoined Battalion from Hospital 15-3-17, Adm Scabies 12/4/17, To duty 29/4/17.

The entries for Samuel Ansell in the UK Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects include his Regiment and No, and show that he died 9.10.17 in France, and that payments of £6.16s.1d, of 17s.6d, and of £12.10s were made to his family, split equally between his brother William, and sisters Sarah Meese, Alice Wright, and Prudence Marriott.

Samuel Ansell’s Birth Registration was traced via FreeBMD at Dudley, in the 1st quarter of 1886

On the 1891 census Samuel appears as Samuel Hansell age 6, a Visitor, living with Sarah Meese, Head of Household, age 23, Housekeeper, and her baby daughter Clara, Thomas Hansell age 16 another Visitor, and Prudence Hansell, Relative, age 19, occupation, Brick Maker, at 5 Bridge Street Sedgley.

The1901 census has Samuel living at 161 Caledonia Street Bilston with Samuel and Sarah Meese, their children Alice, Violet, Arthur and Sarah,  and William Ansell brother age 24 , and Samuel Ansell also brother age 15 occupation ironworks labourer.  The Meese family appear on the 1911 census living in Bilston at Mountford Lane, but there is no mention of Samuel. Despite several searches, he was not to be found living elsewhere at the time of the 1911 census.




Betty McCann, a volunteer at Wolverhampton City Archives, has carried out research on this man

Thomas Caddick is buried at Bilston Cemetery. The entry on the CWGC website has:- CADDICK THOMAS Private 21647 Worcestershire Regiment Depot. Died at Home 31/08/1918  Grave/Memorial Reference: A. 799. 2. Cemetery: BILSTON CEMETERY. There appears to be a discrepancy in the date of death, and we have drawn this to their attention. CWGC advises us that this matter will be forwarded to their Records Team for review.

The Register of Soldiers Effects has an entry for Thomas Caddick. For Regiment, Rank, No the entry is “Depot Worcs Rgt Pte 21647”. Date and Place of Death is recorded as “Found drowned between 31.8.16 and 5.9.16.” Payments of £1 18s 1d and £6 were made to “Wid Sole leg (ie Widow Sole Legatee) Sarah A” 16.5.17, and 2/12/19.

It appears that Thomas may have been at Gallipoli, as his Medal Index Card shows “Worc. R Private 21647”, Theatre of War first served in “2b Balkans 15.8.1915”, and under Remarks “Drowned”. The National Archives website has a list of Medal Card Abbreviations- 2(b) was Gallipoli (Dardanelles). No records for his military service could be traced.

The birth of a Thomas Caddick which was registered at Wolverhampton in the 1st Quarter of 1887 seems likely to refer to this Thomas Caddick.

The 1891 Census form shows us that Thomas at age 3 was living at 4 Back House John Street Bilston, with his parents Thomas and Elizabeth and his siblings William age 7, Elizabeth age 5, and Mary age 2, and a Boarder, Alice Worton, age 19, a Tin polisher.

The 1901 Census shows Thomas age 14 born at Bradley Bilston Occupation Machine Hand Electrable (sic) Electric Fittings living with his parents Thomas and Elizabeth and siblings Alfred age 10, Albert age 7 Mary age 12 and Berty age 1 at Hatton Street Bilston.

The family lived at 32 Hatton Street Bilston when the 1911 Census was taken, and consisted of Thomas age 52, Puddler, Elizabeth age 50, and children Elizabeth age 26 General servant, Mary 22 Office Clerk, Alfred age 19 Sheep Packer, Albert Age 17 Fitters assistant, Bert age 11, and Horace age 8. Albert is recorded as born at West Bromwich, and Thomas at Willenhall; all other family members are recorded as born at Bilston.

The marriage of Thomas Caddick to Sarah Ann Jones was registered at Wolverhampton in the second quarter of 1909. A FreeBMD search traced the birth of a Alfred T Caddick being registered at Wolverhampton in the 3rd Quarter of 1912, Mother’s maiden name Jones. Thomas Caddick junior and Mrs Sarah Ann Caddick his wife were not traced on the 1911 census.


Betty McCann, a volunteer at Wolverhampton City Archives, has carried out research on these men.

There were 5 Clinton brothers and a sister Edith: their parents were Joseph, a Butcher born in Worfield Shropshire, and Emma née Perry, who was born in Claverley, Shropshire. The 1901 Census records the family living at Lower Street in Tettenhall when William the oldest child was19 years of age, Arthur J was 17,  Edith was 15, Joseph H 13, George 11 and Harry 6 years of age.

ARTHUR JOHN CLINTON, born in 1884, the second son of Joseph and Emma, lived most of his life at No. 19 Lower Street, Tettenhall, until he enlisted in the army on 17th September 1907 aged 23 years as a driver in the Royal Horse Artillery, Regimental Number 48067. On 7th December of that year he was posted to serve at Templemore.  Arthur served in France in 1916 and with the BEF in various locations. In 1918 he was admitted to hospital in Edinburgh with an ankle injury, the result of being kicked by a horse whist in action. He was discharged from the army 18th May 1918.  His army records are very difficult to read, but we learn that he survived the war and returned home to Tettenhall without incurring any further injuries. Arthur was married in 1918 to Ada Sandells and they had three children, Florence L, Kathleen and Eileen M.

GEORGE CLINTON was born in 1889, enlisted in the Army on 6th January 1915, and was appointed to serve in the Royal Engineers, Reg. No. 59647. During his army service he served in Egypt and France, and was wounded and admitted to hospital on 26th November 1916 and again in 1917. He also suffered from Trench Fever and Influenza during his service but he recovered from all his illnesses and survived the war.  George married Annie Mylott in 1922 and they had a daughter, Kathleen in 1926.

HARRY CLINTON was born 23rd March 1895 and enlisted in the army on 20th December 1916 into the Royal Engineers, 66 Field Coy. Reg. No. 59666. He served in South Africa and Malta and during this time he contracted Malaria . Before enlisting Harry was employed as a Tinplate Worker and after enlisting in the army he was tested on his ability in this work and passed as being “Proficient.” He had been given a very good recommendation by his previous employers Messrs. J.Jones  who described him as a skilled worker, and because of this he was passed as proficient and his pay was upgraded.

No military records were traced for the two other brothers. William, we do know, married Lizzie Heath in 1905 and they had three children, William Heath, Eileen Edith and Jennie, and lived at 9 The Holloway, Compton. The birth of Joseph Henry Clinton was registered at Wolverhampton in the 4th Quarter of 1887. His death at the age of 82 was registered at Bromsgrove in the 4th Quarter of 1969, when his birth date was shown as 20 September 1887.


William, was a Private, Regimental No 1474, in the 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Sadly, he was killed in action on 8th March 1916 in Mesopotamia, aged 25.


William Blundell was baptised on 23rd June 1890 at St Peter’s Church, Liverpool, the son of Mary and James Christopher Blundell, a night watchman of Clayton Street, Liverpool.

William’s father died in 1898, and in 1901 William and his brother James were living in Liverpool’s Mount Pleasant orphanage. Ten years later in 1911, William was a private in the 3rd Manchester Regiment, stationed at the Hutment Barracks at Fleetwood.

William must have completed his usual seven years term of service with the army between 1911 and 1914, as he lived with his sister in Macclesfield prior to the outbreak of war, and was employed at Crewe railway works.


William was mobilised as a reservist soon after the outbreak of war and entered France with his regiment on 1st January 1915. He was reported wounded on 12th April 1915, but must have recovered and rejoined his regiment. The 1st Manchester Regiment left France on 10th December 1915 and moved to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra on 8th January 1916. William was reported missing on 8th March 1916 and in November 1917 he was officially assumed to have died on that date. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 23rd November 1917.


Private William Blundell has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 31 and 64 of the Basra Memorial, Iraq. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Blundell. Private William Blundell is also commemorated on the Wolverhampton Roll of Remembrance.

This information was received via the website where you can find further details.

We have traced additional details, as follows:

The marriage of William Blundell to Esther A Ford was registered at Wolverhampton in the 3rd Quarter of 1911, and have also traced the marriage of William Blundell, Labourer, age 21, of Stowheath Lane, father James C Blundell deceased, to Esther Ann Ford, on 7 August 1911, in transcriptions of the Parish Register of St Stephen’s Church Willenhall. Esther Ann Ford age was also 21 at the time of her marriage on 7 Aug 1911. Her father, William Ford, is recorded as being a soldier.

I checked 1911 Census records for Stowheath Lane, but  could find no mention of William Blundell, nor of Esther Ann Ford or William her father. I understand that the address may have been used to enable the banns to be read at the St Stephens, the local church.

The couple appear to have had two children, as the birth of Mary Jo Blundell, mother’s maiden name Ford, was registered at Wolverhampton in the 4th quarter of 1911, and in the 3rd quarter of 1916, the birth of Thomas E Blundell, mother’s maiden name Ford, was also registered at Wolverhampton.

Esther A Blundell remarried in 1918, to Thomas H Matthews. The marriage was registered in Wolverhampton in the first quarter of 1918. My search on the FreeBMD website did not locate any children of this marriage being registered at Wolverhampton.

Esther’s death, age 69, was registered at Wolverhampton in the first quarter of 1959.



Betty McCann, a volunteer at Wolverhampton City Archives, carried out the research on this man.

Alexander Coburn was born 16th March 1896 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. His father was James Coburn who was a golf professional and his mother was Rebecca Coburn. In 1901 the family were living at 11 Princess Terrace, Portrush and consisted of father, mother, Alexander age 3, Thomas 1 year and baby George, together with a servant.

By 1911 the family had moved to live in Nursery Place, West Derby. Their child George had died in 1901 aged only a few months and they had another son called Kenneth.  The family subsequently moved to Wolverhampton where James became the professional Golf Coach at Oxley Golf Club, Stafford Road, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton where the family lived in the Club House.

Alexander enlisted in the Royal Marines Naval Division in Liverpool on 6th October 1914 Reg. PO/17953, serving as Acting Cpl on HMS Zealander with the first RM draft for BEF. He was appointed paid acting lance corporal on 17.4.1917, and acting corporal on 19.10.1917. He was killed by enemy action on 29th October 1917. His body was not recovered for burial; his death is listed on the War Memorial at St.Mary’s Church, Bushbury, Wolverhampton.

The Commonwealth War Graves website gives this information “Rank Corporal Service No:PO/17953 Date of Death: 26/10/1917 Regiment/Service: Royal Marine Light Infantry 1st R.M. Bn. R.N. Div. Panel Reference: Panel 1 and 162A. Memorial: Tyne Cot memorial.” His name is listed on the Memorial at Portrush NI and he is commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush


Betty McCann, who volunteers at Wolverhampton City Archives at the Molineux Hotel Building, has carried out the research on this man.

Edward Burton was born in Wolverhampton in 1899. His father was Edward Burton, who was a Fitter in the Gas Works, his mother was Emily Burton.

In 1901 the family were living at No.6 Holly Court, Bushbury. By 1911 they had moved to Henwick Terrace, Shaw Road, also in Bushbury, Wolverhampton. By this time the family consisted of father, mother, Edward, Charles 9 years, Frederick Arthur 5 years and  Leonard Francis aged 2 years.

Edward enlisted in the Army Training Corps on 10th October 1916, aged only 17 years, and was given the Reg. No. 3163. After training he was transferred to the Durham Light Infantry and given the Reg. No. 77579.

Edward was posted to France in 1916 and was reported missing in action in the field on 21st March 1918,  and subsequently assumed killed. No further records are available apart from his medal index card. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, and on the Memorial located in St Mary’s Church, Bushbury.



The research for this blog entry has been carried out by Volunteer Betty McCann.

The parents of Frank and Charles Clinton had 7 children altogether but by 1911, 3 of their children had died.

Charles was born in 1880 in Wolverhampton. Records show that by 1911 he  had already enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment, his Regimental No. was 8366, in ‘A’ Company.

At the start of the war Charles was posted to serve in Belgium. No further records of his service are available but we know that he disembarked on 4th October 1914, and died in Belgium on 3rd November 1914, when he was 26 years old. The Register of Soldiers Effects shows that a sum of £14.8s.4d was paid to his father, and the Medal Index Card for him shows that his father made a request to receive his medals on 6th August 1919, when the family were living at 32 Gough Street, Wolverhampton.

Frank Clinton was born in 1886 and he was a Machine Tool Fitter. He enlisted on 24th August 1915 into the 9th Service Battalion (Pioneers) South Staffordshire Regiment, Reg. No. 15957, and he was posted to France where he was killed in action on 31st October 1915.

The parents of the two brothers were Thomas who worked as a Jobbing Gardener and Harriett Clinton. In 1901 the family were living at 108 Sweetman Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton; by 1911 they had moved to 179 Coleman Street, still in Whitmore Reans.


Thomas Robert Price was born at Bushbury in 1889. His baptism was recorded in St Mary’s Bushbury Parish Register on 1st December 1889. His parents were Alfred Thomas Price, a Painter’s Labourer, and Louisa Jane née Burton. The family’s address at the time of the 1901 census was in Fordhouses. The family consisted of 5 boys and 4 girls. In 1911 the family were still living at Fordhouses but Thomas doesn’t appear on this census form. A Thomas Price, age 21, born at Wolverhampton, Occupation Army Private, appears on the 1911 census living at Southampton.

The CWGC entry for him reads “Rank: Private Service No: 4862 Date of Death: 15/11/1918 Age: 29 Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps attd. Director General Medical Services. Cemetery: Bushbury (St. Mary) Churchyard Additional Information: Son of Alfred Thomas Price and Louisa Jane Price, of Fordhouses, Bushbury”. His name is on the memorial at St Mary’s Church, Bushbury.

He enlisted in the RAMC on 21st August 1914. The Register of Soldiers Effects shows that £32 12s 8d, including War gratuity £25, was authorised to be paid to his father on 1st May 1919. He died in the General Hospital at Wolverhampton on 15th November 1918, presumably of the effects of wounds inflicted during his army service. His death was registered at Wolverhampton during the quarter ended December 1918.


The research for this entry was carried out by Archives Volunteer Betty McCann.

Samuel Rutter was born in Wolverhampton in 1891. His Occupation was Wood Sawyer. His marriage to Jane Foster was registered at Wolverhampton in the 3rd Quarter of 1920. The births of 3 children of the marriage were registered at Wolverhampton, Samuel J 4th Quarter 1921, Stanley J 1st Quarter 1924, and Edna M 2nd Quarter 1928. His parents were Joseph Rutter, an Iron Moulder, born at Wolverhampton and Emily Ann Rutter, née Agar, born at Wapping, London.

At the time of the 1901 Census Samuel was living at 87 Bilston Street Wolverhampton with his parents and his brothers Edgar, (also the subject of a post on this blog) Joseph and Frederick, and his two sisters Emily Alice and Minnie. By 1911 the family, living at 3 Salisbury Street Wolverhampton, had 3 additional family members, Elsie, Dorothy, and Lily Esther. Samuel, age 19, was a Wood Sawyer.

Samuel enlisted on 9th December 1915 into the 3rd South Staffordshire Regiment, 16 Bde. R.G.A. Due to his profession he was given a special qualification of Wheeler. His Regimental Number was 72763. He left Southampton for Le Havre on 30th July 1916 to join the 117 Heavy Battery Field. During his service he was admitted to Hospital and diagnosed with Synovitis ( a complaint of the knee). He was found to have a 20% disability and awarded a pension of 8/-  a week.

His death at the age of 72 was registered at Wolverhampton in the quarter ended June 1963.




The research for this entry was carried out by Archives Volunteer Betty McCann.

Edgar Rutter was born at Wolverhampton in 1896. His parents were Joseph Rutter, an Iron Moulder, and Emily Ann Rutter, whose occupation was Grocer’s Shop Keeper.

At the time of the 1901 Census Edgar was living at 87 Bilston Street Wolverhampton with his parents, and his brothers Samuel, Joseph, and Frederick, and his two sisters Emily Alice and Minnie. By 1911 the family were living at 3 Salisbury Street Wolverhampton, and Edgar by now had 5 sisters, with the additional family members being Elsie, Dorothy, and Lily Esther. Edgar was now an errand boy.

Edgar enlisted into the South Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Regimental Number 9435. His Medal Card shows that he served with the BEF, having disembarked 12-8-14. He was killed on 2nd December 1917, age 21 years. The CWGC website shows his Rank: Corporal, Grave Reference:IV. C. 19. Cemetery: Rocquigny – Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Additional Information: Son of Joseph and Emily Ann Rutter, of 3, Salisbury St., Wolverhampton.

Edgar’s brother Samuel served in WW1 and has also been the subject of Betty McCann’s researches. A post about him will follow.


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