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There is an A. H. Bestwick listed on the Roll of Honour of the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd, which means he was an employee of the company who joined the forces during the First World War.

The only likely man is an Albert Henry Bestwick, born in Wolverhampton in 1891. In the 1901 census, he is living with his family at 43 Grove Street, Heath Town. The household consists of Albert’s widowed mother, Elizabeth, his four brothers George, Joe, John and Thomas, and sister Fanny. He married May Jones in 1910, and they went on to have four children: Elizabeth, Annie, Sydney and May between 1910 and 1915. Two of these children appear to have been registered in the same year, the first in June 1910 and the second in September 1910. Given the surname does not appear to be that common, we can assume this is the same family. Perhaps they were twins registered at different times? Unfortunately, May, the baby, died in 1916.

I have not been able to find Albert’s medal card or service records , so I am unable to confirm the details of his service during the First World War. It is possible that he is down as “Albert Beswick” in those records, as there are a number of those in the National Archives. Suffice it to say that he survived the war, and died aged 77 in 1969. If anyone has any further details, please get in touch!

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