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William Padmore was born in Wolverhampton in 1877. He enlisted in the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 19068) as a Private, eventually being promoted to Corporal. He was mentioned in despatches, published in the London Gazette on 9 July 1919. On 20 September 1919, his name was again listed in the London Gazette as a recipient of the Romanian award Croix de Virtute Militaria 2nd Class. Why Padmore was awarded this Romanian award is unclear, as the 7th Battalion appears to have mainly served in Turkey, Egypt and France during the First World War.

There is a marriage of a William Padmore in Wolverhampton to a Dorothy Blunt in 1945. If this is the same man (I have been unable to find any other William Padmore marriages, although he may, of course, have married elsewhere), his marriage took place shortly before his death, as a William Padmore died in Wolverhampton at the age of 75 in the same registration quarter as the above marriage, December 1945.

If anybody can shed any further light on the background to this man, we would be delighted to hear it!