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The roll of honour of the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd lists two men with the same surname, G. and J. Howells. These are employees who worked for the company and served their country during the First World War, and, as there is no gold cross next to their name on the roll of honour, this indicates that they survived the war.

These are presumed to be the brothers George and James Howells, who, in the 1901 census, are living with their uncle Thomas Mason, and their parents James and Ellen Howells, at 171 Hickman Street, Wednesfield. Thomas Mason was a keymaker, while their father was an iron caster. George was born in 1898, while James was born in 1900.

It is not clear which regiment they served with, and indeed finding any other information about these two men has so far proved elusive. We will keep researching to try and uncover more!

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