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  • Samuel Sydney Beddows was born on 25 November 1894 and was the youngest of 14 or 15 siblings born to Isaac Beddows and Alice Winifred Green. The 6th Battalion South Staffs marched to Wulverghem (Belgium, South of Ypres) on 6 April and took over trenches from the 5th Battalion. The war diary notes that the situation was quiet on 7, 8 and 9 April when the “enemy placed 3 shells 300 yards north of X dugout”. Samuel was killed in the incident alongside Private Wilfred Ray Jones, Henry Shinton and William Steen Whittle (reg nos 3021, 3166, 2834 respectively).
    Samuel Sydney Beddows was related to the Beddows brothers, Edward Charles Beddows and William John Beddows. His grandfather, Isaac, was brother to William, grandfather of Edward and William, founder of William Beddows and Co, Timber Merchants.
  • beddowswjWilliam John Beddows was featured in the Express & Star on 3 January 1916, including the attached photograph (left). The article stated that he had been mentioned in despatches by Field Marshal Sir John French for gallant and distinguished service in the field, and that he had fought at Mons and the Marne.
  • We have been contacted by a lady who is almost certain that William Bentley is her great-uncle, William Heathcote Bentley (b. 1885), who emigrated to Canada from Wolverhampton in 1912. He was the son of James and Ann Bentley of Wolverhampton. The picture above isn’t very good, but it certainly looks like him. He survived the war, married and returned to Canada. He worked for the telephone company in Saskatchewan as an electrician and engineer.
  • hancoxThis photograph of James Ambrose Hancox (right) appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 20 February 1915.
  • Private Harry Male 1ST S DEVONS 9825 is listed on the Little’s Lane Street Shrine, bolted to the wall at Thornley Street, Wolverhampton (originally Little’s Lane). This is just around the corner from The Drill Hall used by the 6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War.
  • P. C. Moss appears to be a man named Thompson Moss, originally from Middlesex, who was living with his wife, Mary, and son, Thomas Albert, at 12 Mitre Fold, Wolverhampton, in 1911. He joined Wolverhampton Borough Police Force on 22 July 1908.
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