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Express & Star, 22 February 1916

Express & Star, 22 February 1916

A notice in the Express & Star on 22 February 1916 asked for any information about the missing soldier Lance-Corporal William Box, of the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. The notice was posted by his wife, living at 13 Thomas Street, Church Lane. Box was serving in the Dardanelles and had previously fought in the South African War, where he won the Distinguished Medal.

William John Box was born in 1896, the son of William and Kate Box. In the 1901 census the family are living at 3 Gas Yard, and William appears with his parents, sisters Ethel and Frances, and Elizabeth Wright, a domestic servant. William’s father was an ostler. I have not been able to confirm William’s marriage, as it does not appear to have taken place in Wolverhampton, and there are a number of possibilities elsewhere.

The article noted that William had been missing since 22 August 1915. Unfortunately, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, this was the date of his death. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey.