Arthur Street, Coldstream Guards, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cornelius Ellitts, John Spencer, Joseph Lymn, Lichfield, medal cards, Pearson Street, Royal Navy, Samuel Tibbitts, South Staffordshire Regiment
Thanks to the wonderful contributions of all of our readers, we have the following updates on previous posts:
- Following updates to the site, the entry for Cornelius Ellitts has reappeared on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site, confirming much of the information I found elsewhere. His medal card on Ancestry shows that he entered the War very early on, entering France on 12 August 1914. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1914 Star. On the 1901 census he is listed at Pearson Street, together with his parents (Joseph H. and Annie M.), his four siblings, and the family of Joseph’s brother. By the 1911 census, Cornelius is based at Whittington Barracks in Lichfield, already with the 2nd Batallion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-19 part 2 The South Staffordshire Regiment lists an Ellitts, Cornelius, born Willenhall, Staffs, enlisted Wolverhampton 8904 A/Sgt., killed in action on 18/5/15. He could have had a field promotion from corporal to Sgt due to the heavy causualties suffered by the 2nd Battalion in the Battle of Festubert as the War Diaries of the battalion dated 17th May states.
- Joseph Ewart Lymn served as a regular in the Royal Navy. He joined up as a Boy 2nd Class on 17 December 1901, and was promoted to Boy 1st Class the following year. On turning 18 in 1904 he was rated Ordinary Seaman, and began his 12 year enlistment at that point. However, in September 1909 he bought himself out, and the remainder of his service would be in the Royal Fleet Reserve. One of his ships may have been based around Ipswich, where he met his wife, Eva. His service is remarkably similar to that of who was a year older. Bashford was also recalled in 1914 and went down with HMS Good Hope. Naval reservists were first called up in mid July 1914, and the ships also brought out of reserve. There was a fleet review, and then the reservists were sent home on leave for a few days from 25-30 July, they returned to their ships on 31 July as tensions mounted.
- John Arthur Spencer would have enlisted in late 1909, so probably joined the police straight after completing his 3 years active service and going into the reserves
- It is likely that Arthur Street enlisted in 1907 or 1908, so either he did something else before joining the police, or he served longer than the standard three years in the Reserves. In the 1911 census, and there is an Arthur Street in the Coldstream Guards at Marlborough Lines, Aldershot. His birthplace is given as Litchfield (mistranscribed as Atchfield). His entry in Soldiers Died in the Great War gives his birthplace as Burton-on-Trent, but this may actually be the address of the next-of-kin as recorded in the service records. There is a marriage registered in Burton in September 1914 to a Gertrude A. Hollings, so this is probably the same individual. There was also an Arthur Street of the right age born in Burton who is a brewery labourer in the 1911 census. There might just be time for him to have served for three years and gone back home.
- The useful British Army Service Numbers blog (Worcestershire Regiment page) confirms that Samuel Tibbitt’s service number, 11721, is consistent with having served for 5 years at the time of his death: 11586 joined on 5 January 1909 and 12064 joined on 8 January 1910. Likewise, we can date Joseph’s service to late 1906 with 9813 joining on 21 February 1906 and 10335 joined on 9 January 1907.