Alfred Morris, Alfred Tonks, Border Regiment, Canada, Edinburgh, Frank Armitage, Frank Jarvis, James Tranter, London, Paddington, Peascroft lane, Royal Army Medical Corps, Scotland, Scottish Border Regiment, Shropshire, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton Grammar School
Further updates on individuals mentioned previously:
- Frank Rhodes Armitage was born in Edinburgh, in Scotland. He was a school boarder along with a younger brother, in Northamptonshire in 1901. In 1911 he was living at home with his parents, brother and sister, plus four servants at 58, Waterloo Road, and both he and his father were surgeons at that time. His father was born in Margate. His probate entry records him at 52 Waterloo Road, Captain in the R. A. M. C., who died on 30 July 1917 in France or Belgium. His effects, which were divided between his widow Frances Marie Armitage, stock broker Edward Howorth Armitage and Inglis merchant Ernest Alexander, amounted to £3723 12s. 4d. He is commemorated on the Wolverhampton Grammar School World War One website and on the Oundle School Roll of Honour.
- Frank Jarvis was a Lance Corporal, not a Lieutenant, as can be seen from his medal card. His service records don’t seem to have survived so it is difficult to find much more about him, especially as there is a record of another Frank Jarvis (Private, and different regt. number) in the Border Regt. being killed in October 1918. Mary Joyce Rayner was living at 114 Harrow Road in Paddington in the 1911 census, age 13. This is confirmed at the time of her marriage in 1921 when she is 24.
- According to “Canada, Soldiers of the First World War 1914-18″ on Ancestry.com, Alfred William Morris was born 9 Oct 1892 in “Shrewsburg” [presumably Shrewsbury], Shropshire, England. The 1916 Canadian census of Calgary [also on Ancestry] shows that Alfred and Gladys migrated in 1914. At this time he was employed as an accountant. The 1911 census of Wolverhampton shows 18 year old Alfred working as a clerk for the railway. He was living at 22 Manby Street with his parents and two younger sisters. In 1901, the family were resident in Shrewsbury (St. Chad), Shropshire. Alfred’s father was working as a railway clerk.
- Alfred Tonks: Elsie’s son from her second marriage, Ken, believed that Alfred was shot in the head by a stray bullet while he was peeling potatoes. The suggestion is that it may have been ‘friendly fire’, but we cannot be certain of this.
- James Tranter married Emily Bettelly in 1903. 1901 he was at home with his parents James and Sarah and siblings. By 1911 they were living in Peascroft Lane in the 1911 census with their 3 small daughters. A James Tranter, 1st Battalion Scottish Border Regiment, was demobbed on 13 March 1919, which appears to confirm that he was not, in fact, killed in action. He had enlisted early in the war as he was in The Balkans 1915.