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Fought in Two Wars

Fought in Two Wars

An article in the Express & Star on 11 June 1915 tells of Private J. Law, of the 2nd South Staffords, who was killed in action aged 36. The article mentions that he lived with his wife and two children at 5 Vale Place, Merridale Street. He was already a National Reservist when war broke out, and had served his country in South Africa through the Boer War.

John Thomas Law was born in 1879. According to his entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, his wife was listed as a “Laura Page (formerly Law) of 92 Merridale Street”, which seems to hint that his wife has remarried. There is a Laura Law who married a George Page in June 1917. Tracking back, I was able to find John Law’s marriage to a Laura Eccleston, registered in September 1905, so this is presumably her original maiden name. This enabled me to find their two children, Harold, born in 1913, and Annie, born in 1914. Alongside Annie there is also a “Male” Law listed, also with Eccleston as the mother’s maiden name, so presumably these were twins where the boy unfortunately did not survive.

His entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission states that he died on 18 May 1915, and he was in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (which contradicts the details in the Express & Star). His regiment number was 10451 and he is commemorated at Le Touret Memorial in France.