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A newspaper article dated 13 July 1915 gives details of the Poyner brothers and their brother-in-law. Their details are as follows:

  • Quartermaster Sergeant-farrier Edward James Poyner of the Royal Field Artillery, who lived at Mill Lane, Tettenhall Wood. He had been mentioned in Sir John French’s despatches “for gallantry and good service in the field at the battle of Hill 60”, when he had taken ammunition up to the guns whilst being under fire himself, and brought horses back to safety
  • Driver Frank L. Poyner was in the same battery
  • Their brother-in-law, Regimental Sergeant-major Cox, was also in the same battery. He was awarded the D. S. M. for bringing in wounded under heavy fire, and was himself killed at Ypres.
  • Private George Poyner of the South Staffordshire Regiment, also lost his life at Ypres.

I have only been able to find a George Poyner born in Wolverhampton in 1876, so presumably the others were born elsewhere. His death occurred on 1 November 1914 and he is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

The only Regimental Sergeant-major Cox of the Royal Field Artillery who was killed was an Albert Cox (number 99493), who died 24 April 1915 aged 40. His next of kin was Adelina M. Cox of Worcester Terrace, Aldersley Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. He is commemorated at the Ypres Town Cemetery extension. The couple married in Wolverhampton in 1888 (she was listed as “Adeline” Murphy). However, I have not been able to confirm how he or his wife are related to the Poyners. Albert is also commemorated on the St Michael and All Angels Church war memorial in Tettenhall.

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