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Herbert James Blower was born in 1888, the son of John Thomas and Anne Blower, of 32 Derry Street, Dudley Road. His father died, aged 37, in 1894.

Herbert enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8769). Unfortunately he was killed, 100 years ago today, on 12 November 1914. He is buried at the Messines Ridge British Cemetery and commemorated on the St Luke’s Church memorial in Blakenhall.