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William Lowbridge was born in Wolverhampton in 1877. By 1901, his father had presumably died, as he was just living with his mother, Mary, at 12 Dark Street, Moseley Village, Heath Town. The 23-year-old William was a coal hewer. William married in 1903, and went on to have two children. He served in the Boer War (when he was awarded two medals) and later worked at Holders’,lowbridge Brickkiln Street.

When war broke out, he immediately rejoined the army as a Reservist, enlisting as a Sergeant with the 17th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) (number 70954). He fell in battle on 13 October 1917, and a tribute to him appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 10 November 1917. By this date his address was given as 33 Brook Street. He is commemorated at Larchwood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery in Belgium.

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