The article in the Express & Star, dated 18 December 1915, is headed “Together Till Death”, and tells the tale of two friends “throughout practically the whole of their lifetime”, Private C. A. Adey and E. H. Arkinstall, who were killed in action on 13 October 1915. They had both attended Tettenhall Church School and then worked as cleaners at the Stafford Road Works, before joining the local Territorials and going to France.
Cyril Archibald Adey was born in Tettenhall on 2 February 1896. On the 1901 census at the age of 5, he is living at 41 Upper Street, Tettenhall, with his parents Edwin and Annie and 5 siblings: Edwin John Adey, Thomas Frederick, Mary Jane, Elsie Laura and Ethy Harriett. His father Edwin is a gardener born in Enville. In 1911 the census shows he is living at 43 Old Hill, Tettenhall and age 15, working as a grocer’s errand boy. His father, age 61 is a corporation labourer.
His name appears in two UK Railway Employment Records, where he is shown as working in Oxley for the Great Western Railway. His date of birth is recorded as 14 Nov 1895. He was an engine cleaner, in the Locomotive and Carriage Department. He started work there 19 August 1913 with a rate of pay of 2/4 per hour. On the second record, there is a red line through his name and “Killed in action” is written in red ink under the final column, with a red question name under the date column.
He enlisted in the 6th South Staffordshire Regiment in June 1914 at the Drill Hall in Wolverhampton, arriving in France in March 1915.
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ADEY CYRIL ARCHIBALD Private 2390 1st/6th Btn South Staffordshire Regiment Son of Edwin and Annie Adey, 43 Old Hill, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. Killed in Action 13th October, 1915 aged 19. Loos Memorial France. Panel 73 to 76.