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clulowOn 29 December 1915, the Express & Star showed this photograph of the five sons of Mrs Clulow, of 8 Cockshutts Lane, Wolverhampton, who were all serving with the Colours.

  • Gunner Thomas Clulow (35) had enlisted in February 1915 in the Royal Garrison Artillery
  • Armourer Joseph Clulow (32) had already spent 12 years in the Navy and rejoined in July 1915
  • Arthur Clulow (29) had joined the Mechanical Transport in August 1915
  • Gunner James Clulow (28) had joined the Royal Field Artillery on the outbreak of war
  • Private Henry Clulow (22) had been a reserve of the 2nd South Staffordshire Regiment, and was called up at the start of the war. He had spent time in the trenches and was wounded.

These were the sons of Joseph and Mary Ann Clulow, who, in 1881, were living at 11 Waterworks Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, with daughters Una, Ann and Kate, and son Thomas (born in Tettenhall in 1878).

Thomas married Rose Lissaman in Birmingham in 1900, and by 1901 they were living at 23 Ascot Road, Northfield, together with their son, Thomas. Thomas senior was a Cycle fork filer. The couple were at 241 Upper Dawlish Road, Bournbrook, by 1911, together with an additional two sons, Ernest and Arthur. Thomas was now a Cycle Fitter.

Thomas enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery on 20 March 1915 (number 314417). He was discharged on 14 December 1918, and issued with a Silver War Badge (number B109379). He died in Birmingham in 1942 at the age of 64.

In 1901, the rest of the family were living at 46 Johnson Street, Tettenhall, including sons Joseph (born 27 September 1882), Arthur (born 18 November 1884), William, Frederick, George and Harry (born 1896), and daughter Jane. James Clulow (born 1887), however, was staying with his uncle, also James Clulow, at 10 Cockshutts Lane, Wolverhampton. He was an errand boy.

Joseph enlisted in the Royal Navy on 4 July 1901, serving until the 21 February 1919. There is a Joseph H. Clulow who marries Jessie A. Price in Wolverhampton in 1924, and this may be him. This couple had a daughter, Joan, in 1926.

On the 1911 census, Arthur was living at 5 Drayton Street, Wolverhampton, with “Mabel Clulow”, who was listed as his wife. The form stated that they had married less than a year ago. However, he did not marry Mabel Sproson until 4 September 1915, at Wolverhampton Registry Office. Nine days later, on 13 September 1915, Arthur signed up with the Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport) (number 120273). He gave his address as 10 Stafford Road, Wolverhampton, and his trade as blacksmith. His son, Arthur Reginald, was born on 17 May 1917. Arthur died in Wolverhampton in 1977.

James (now “James Skidmore Clulow”) married the Canadian Frances Pitt in Wolverhampton in 1910. In 1911 they were at 57 Brown Street, Wolverhampton, and James was a Coach Finisher in the Motor Car Trade. I have not been able to confirm details of James’s military service. He died in Wolverhampton in 1965 at the age of 77.

Henry, or Harry, was still living with his widowed mother now at 8 Cockshutts Lane, alongside his remaining brothers William, Frederick and George, and sister Jane. He was a turner in the lock and bolt trade. On 26 June 1912, he enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 38062). He was mobilised on 5 August 1914, and served with various Regiments, including the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment and the Somerset Light Infantry. Apart from frost bite in January 1915 and pulmonary tuberculosis in February 1918, he served throughout the war relatively unscathed. He was discharged on 16 May 1918 as being “permanently unfit”. He married Mary Perry in Wolverhampton in 1920, and the couple had four children – Mary, Edna M., Harry and Eileen E. – between 1920 and 1936. Harry died in Coventry in 1947.