Mr E. Tranter, of Floodgate, Wombourne, near Wolverhampton, received two communications from the Territorial Force Record Office at Lichfield Station. The first, dated 12 July 1916, informed him that Private L. Tranter (No 3547) of the 1/6 South Staffordshire Regiment was listed as missing after “the engagement in the Field on the 1.7.16.” The second, dated 24 May 1917, simply states that, as no further news has been received, “the Army Council have been regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead.”
A search on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website confirms this, giving the soldier’s full name as Lewis John Tranter, service number 240873, of the B Company, who died aged 25 on 1 July 1916. He is the son of Edward and Emily Tranter, of Flood Gates, Wombourne, Wolverhampton, and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in the Somme, in France. His medal card can be found at the National Archives.
His birth was registered in Wolverhampton in Jun 1891, and he does not appear to have married.