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This blog posting has been prepared by one of our volunteers, Ann Eales.


wenlockIn the Express & Star edition of 13th February 1915, below the headline “HEATH TOWN VICTIM OF THE WAR”, is the photo of Private William Wenlock, and the information that he was killed on 30 October 1914, at the age of 23 years of age, and had lived at Old Heath, Heath Town.

William Wenlock appears in the list of “UK Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919”, and in the CWGC records. Locally, he is listed on the Heath Park Memorial, in the centre of Heath Town Park, as

Wenlock William

Private 8455

1st Bn South Staffordshire Regiment

Born at Stafford son of William and Harriet Wenlock nephew of Harry Russelbury Wenlock, resident in Heath Town.

The 1911 census records William as a 22 year old soldier serving with 1st Battalion, South Staffs Regiment in Gibraltar.

William was Killed in Action 30 October 1914 .

His Medal Index Card has “Disembarkation Date: 4.10.14”, so he died after just 26 days on the Front. No other military records were traced.

A FreeBMD search for the birth of William Wenlock located the Registration of William Henry Wenlock at Stafford in the 2nd quarter of 1888.

In 1891 the Census shows the Wenlock family living at Longnor Mill, Bickford, Lapley, Cannock, Staffordshire. William age 23 is a Waggoner Cart, born at Staffordshire, his wife Harriet is age 30, birthplace Coton Clanford Staffordshire, and William H age 3, was born at Derrington Staffordshire.

The 1901 Census Transcription has William Wenlock age 33, a Railway Labourer, living at Dunston, Cannock, with his wife Harriet age 40, son William H age 13 born 1888, and daughter Ada M age 8. All are shown as born at Brewood, but this does appear to be the same Wenlock family.

The details for William Wenlock on the 1911 Census are referred to above. Additionally, his birthplace is shown as Davington Staffordshire. This is probably down to a clerical error, as there is no place named Davington in Staffordshire, but 3 miles west of Stafford is the village of Derrington.