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Donald Middleton was originally born in Handsworth, in Birmingham, in 1897, the son of William Samuel and Lavinia Middleton (nee Beech). In 1901, the family were at 23 Prestbury Road, Aston Manor, Birmingham, together with Donald’s sisters Mary, Iris and Margaret. By 1911, they had moved to Wolverhampton and were at Avon House, Castlecroft Road, Finchfield. By this date, the parents had had a further six children – Gerald, Kathleen, Olive, Hilda, Dennis and Christina. Donald had become an apprentice solicitor.

Donald enlisted in the Staffordshire Yeomanry (Queen’s Own Royal Regiment), number 300867. He was killed in action in Egypt on 25 November 1917, and is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. He also appears on the memorial of Trinity Methodist Church, Compton Road (and Doug Lewis’s War Memorials site includes a photograph of Donald, sent in by his great niece), the memorial plaque of Newhampton Road Wesleyan Church and the memorial of Cable Street Mills.