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  • We have been contacted by the great-grandson of Charles Lemesle Adams, who has given us more details about Eunice Boys Adams. She died of a disease caught in the soldiers hospital she was working in as a nurse.
  • Sidney C. Davies appears to be the following man:
    Sidney C. Davies Private 291983 1/7th Bn Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Regiment.
    Born 1888 in Wolverhampton, the son of Thomas and Ellen Davies, their fourth son of five. At the time of the 1911 census Sidney was employed as a varnish maker and was a boarder at Wells Lane, Wednesfield, home of his foreman Roger Manning. Thomas’s mother had passed away in 1903. The 1911 census records that Sidney’s father was living at 115 Powell Street with Sidney’s older brother.
    Sidney married Evelyn Jebbett in 1915 and they had a son Harold, born the same year.
    Sidney died of wounds 27 September 1917.
  • William Grealey joined the Royal Navy 13 March 1912, signing up for twelve years’ service. His attestation paper records that he was 5’ 4” tall with brown hair, grey eyes and of a fresh complexion. His employment before joining was as an “iron works labourer.” After shore training as a boy sailor second class progressing to first class William joined HMS Queen, a Queen Class Battleship, on 25 November 1912. He became an ordinary seaman 17 December which is when his service was recognised as beginning. William was then transferred to HMS Berwick, a Mounmouth Class armoured cruiser, on 30 January 1913. On the 19 March 1913 he joined HMS Formidable, a pre-dreadnought battleship, rising to able seaman on 20 January 1914. HMS Formidable was based at Sheerness and was on exercise 1 January 1915 in the English Channel. She was sunk by U-24 the first such sinking of a capital ship in the First World War. The first torpedo struck at 2.40 am hitting the number one boiler, port side, at 3.05am she was struck again on the starboard side, at approximately 4.45am the ship rolled over and sank.
  • There was a third Gully brother who served during the First World War. 9773 Private Esau Gully who entered the war 21/7/15 (Balkans) with 7th Battalion South Staffs Regiment and was discharged “sick” 8/7/17 whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion South Staffs Regiment. Private Charles Gully was killed by a snipers bullet whilst on sentry duty.
  • It appears that the Joseph Thomas Hartland mentioned in the Express & Star was the man (service number 9721) who died on 20 September 1914. We have received further details about the other man, which will be featured in a future post.