Bridge Street, Bushbury Road, Enoch Goucher, Graham Gardner, Hall Green Street, Heath Town, James Barratt, John Goucher, John Newton Williams, Queen Street, Royal Navy, Silver War Badge, Willenhall Road, William Doley
- On the 1911 census James Barratt was incorrectly listed at his parents’ home address (his name was crossed out). He was already a stoker in the Royal Navy and his parents John and Annie Barratt are living at 23 Hall Green Street. James was born in Daisy Bank, he had siblings Louise, Lily, Violet and William.
- There is more information on William Doley on Ancestry. He was one of seven children of William and Jemima Doley, and in 1901 they are living at 42 Bridge Street, Heath Town (entered as Dooley). By 1911 they are living at 91 Willenhall Road, Heath Town, and William James has become a Warehouse man (age 15) at a tube factory (possibly Weldless Tube in Wednesfield?). His father William is not on the 1911 census, and there is a death for a William Doley in 1902 of the correct age registered in Burton on Trent. William James married for the first time in February 1914 to Maria Pearce, who died in September quarter 1915. (There is a birth of an Alan Thomas Doley in the same quarter of 1915 but of course impossible to tell if this is their son). William enlisted in November 1914, when his trade was given as Butcher, and his address Lower Hall Street Willenhall. He was posted to France on 5 March 1915. As well as a gun shot wound to the forearm in October 1915, his service record shows he was wounded twice more, in July 1916 and May 1917. He was discharged on 21st March 1919, as a lance sergeant, his address being 120 Bushbury Road, Heath Town, and was awarded a pension of 5/6d per week. He was awarded the Silver War Badge in September 1919.
- It is likely that Graham Gardner was actually Dudley Henry Graham Gardner, born in 1893 in Wolverhampton. His father is Henry Gardner a Draper from Yorkshire, mother Cecelia Gardner nee Turner born Wolverhampton. They were living in Queen Street in one census then his father died. His mother remarried 1906 a lock manufacturer Harry Dews. Graham is working as a locksmith 1911.
- Roger Goacher, who runs the Goacher (and variants) one-name study, has confirmed that John Goucher (born 1887) and Enoch Goucher (born 1891) are brothers, two of the six children of Daniel Goucher and Elizabeth Lowbridge. Their older brother, Daniel, died at the age of 10 in 1896, and other brother, Emmanuel, died in 1918. In the 1891 census, the facmily are at 2 Ash Place, Wolverhampton, and by 1911 the parents and sisters are at Court 1, Chillington Street, Wolverhampton. Both Enoch and John are in Lichfield with their regiments. John married Athalia Baker in 1913, and they had a daughter, Constance, the same year.
- Graham Knight, who runs the Facebook page “Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1900 – 1919“, has managed to find the probate records for J. Newton Williams, which adds the following:
WILLIAMS, John Newton of Menaifron Beumaris Anglesey a cadet in H. M. Army died 19 April 1919 at the Military Hospital Blackrock county Dublin Administration (with Will) Bangor 11 July to Anne Williams widow. Effects £764 8s. 5d.
His followers on Facebook also provided some further information, including solving the mystery of what John was doing in Wolverhampton:
John Newton Williams. Born Llaniestyn, Anglesey 14 Sept 1890, eldest son of Mr Peter Williams and Mrs Anne Williams (7 children). Father a horses & carriages proprietor: family address was 27 Castle Street, Beaumaris. Educated David Hughes Grammar School, Beaumaris 1901-06, on whose memorial he is commemorated. He became a bank clerk, latterly at the National Provincial Bank Wolverhampton. His gravestone at B’maris cemetery confirms he died at Blackrock 19 Apl 1919 aged 28. He appears under the Depot RWF accdg. to Commonwealth Wargraves, and 2/6th Battalion RWF on family gravestone. Commemorated also on the B’maris town war memorial, and the B’maris panel of the North Wales Memorial Arch in Bangor.