St John’s in the Square includes the following memorial inscription inside the church:
To the glory of God and in loving memory of WILLIAM LESLIE ASTLE. Lance Sergeant 6th South Staffs Regiment, who was killed in action in France. October 15th 1915. Aged 25 Years. Rest in Peace
William Astle was born in 1890, the son of William Charles and Louisa Astle (nee Tonks). By the time of his death, the family were living at 9, Worcester Place, Penn Road, Wolverhampton. According to a small item in the Express & Star on 15 September 1916, Astle had in fact worked for the newspaper concerned prior to the outbreak of war. He was later employed as a manual instructor under the Wolverhampton Education Committee.
He enlisted with the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, and became a Lance Sergeant (number 2824). Having been previously reported as wounded and missing, it was confirmed that he was killed in the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13 October 1915. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.