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J.C.J. Elson’s book, Honours & Awards: The South Staffordshire Regiment 1914 – 1918, lists Private D. Stevens, a member of the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (regiment number 10125), was awarded the Military Medal, which was announced on 23 July 1919 in the London Gazette. Using his service number, I was able to find out his first name was Daniel by finding his Medal Cards at the National Archives.

There are three possible Daniel Stevens, one born in 1885 and two born in 1887 in Wolverhampton. One of the ones born in 1887 is listed at 15 Collier Street in the 1901 census, together with his father, Daniel, mother, Harriet, brother, Edward, and four sisters, Bertha, Edith, Mary and Minnie. I have been unable to find the other two on the 1901 census.

Without further details of the man who won the Military Medal, it is pretty much impossible to tie up whether or not this is the same individual. Our volunteers haven’t quite finished indexing local war-related entries in the Express & Star, so it may be that we can find an article about his medal which would help give us more details about this man.