In amongst the local First World War stories featured in the Express & Star, which our volunteers have been diligently trawling through, was a photograph of a J. T. Westwood, who had been killed in action. The only information contained with the photograph was as follows:
J. T. Westwood of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, killed in action. His home was at 6, Pountney Street, Wolverhampton. Deceased leaves a widow and family.
By a strange coincidence, this man happened to be the great-great-uncle of one of our readers. This enabled us to find out a bit more information about the man behind the photograph.
According to Freebmd, the birth of Joseph Thomas Westwood was registered in September 1885, and he married in 1908. Tom, as he was known, was a fishmonger and prior to the outbreak of the Great War had served as a regular in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. In our photographic collection within the Archives, we hold a photograph of his shop at 6 Pountney Street, which includes him and his son, Samuel, standing outside.
Westwood was killed in action on 27 October 1914, and he is commemorated on the Memorial at Ypres. He is also listed on the war memorial in St John’s Church, as well as on the official Wolverhampton Roll of Remembrance.