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Howard and John Inscoe were the sons of Albert and Susan Inscoe (nee Beesley). They were the only two children to survive to adulthood, as three other children died before they were 2 years old. Howard was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, with his brother being born two years later. In 1901 the family were living at 33 Lorne Terrace, Church Road in Bradmore. By 1911, they had moved to 6 Manlove Street. By this stage, Howard had become a tinplate worker (working for Thomas Hill & Sons), following in his father’s footsteps, and John was a pattern maker.

Howard enlisted on 7 June 1912 into the 4th Staffordshire Battery Royal Field Artillery (number 81020) as a driver. By 28 February 1915, he was posted to France and served there for two years with the Expeditionary Force. He received a bullet wound to the hand and was eventually pronounced “no longer physically fit for war service” on 7 May 1918. He married Nellie Groves in 1927, and they had two children, John and Colin.

His brother John also enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery Regiment (number 31730). He was also serving in France, but was killed in action on 15 September 1917. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and on the memorial in Beckminster Methodist Church in Penn Fields.