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Thanks again to our many readers on here and on our social media sites who have contributed further information about these individuals:

  • George William Appleby may have served in the Staffordshire Regiment, but this is unconfirmed. He married Leah Owens and died in 1990.
  • There is a William Horatio Bruerton in the 1911 Census who was married to Eliza Elizabeth Foxhall. They lived at 18F Gibbs Street, Wolverhampton with their two children, Elizabeth May Bruerton aged 9 and William Bruerton aged 1. Eliza’s mother, Eliza Foxhall, also lived with them. William’s occupation is listed as a Whole Life Insurance Agent.
  • There is apparently a story in Jeremy Archer’s book The old West Country Regiments which involves George Onions:
    “At a Victoria Cross reunion in 1929 Teddy Veale (also a winner of the VC with the Devonshire Regiment) found himself seated with Thomas Sage, a Tivertonian awarded the VC for gallantry while serving with 8 Somerset Light Infantry at Passchendaele in October 1917, and George Onions, who won a VC at Achiet-le-Petit in August 1918 while serving with 1 Devons. the happy combination of Veale, Sage and Onions caused much amusement.”
  • We have also been asked whether Benjamin James Owen is any relative of the Ben Owen who served with Popski’s Private Army in World War Two.
  • Frederick Oswald Skidmore has got a service file at the National Archives. The service file of his brother, Harold Percy Skidmore, does not appear to have survived, but Thomas Victor Skidmore has also got a service file at the National Archives
  • It appears that Edmund Stevens’s death may have been registered under his middle name of George. Eversfield Chest Hospital was very well known in Sussex. The building is situated in West Hill Road, on cliffs, overlooking the sea. After the hospital closed the building was sold and converted into flats.
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