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A well-loved and respected member of the community around Penn, Theodore Addenbrooke also served his country during the First World War. Addenbrooke was born in 1867 in Walsall. He founded the Penn Company of the local Boys Brigade in 1913, and remained active in the Boys Brigade for 37 years. He lived at Pennover (now 22 Vicarage Road) in Penn, and served as Company Secretary of the brewers William Butler & Co Ltd.

Express & Star, 23 May 1917

Express & Star, 23 May 1917

Having served with the Territorial Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, he rejoined on the outbreak of war, at the age of 47. An article in the Express & Star on 23 May 1917, stated that Addenbrooke had been commended by Sir Douglas Haig in his latest dispatches.

Memorial Parade, Salop Street

Memorial Parade, Salop Street

Angus Dunphy’s Memories of Penn and District includes an article on Major Addenbrooke, which also mentions his involvement with the Wolverhampton Festival Choral Society. He died on 13 February 1931, and at his funeral there was a procession of 340 members of the Boys Brigade to escort his coffin. Dunphy remembers him thus:

In every generation there are certain individuals who stand out and whose goodness manages to touch the rest of us and linger on long after its prepetrator has passed away.

 

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