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Myttonvolume of newspaper cuttings about the First World War, includes this article with gives a “Tettenhall Man’s Graphic Account of the Fighting”. The date of the article is unclear, although it is presumably between 1914 and 1915, and we do not know which newspaper this appeared in. It quotes from a letter sent by Lance-Corporal William Mytton of the 7th South Staffordshire Regiment to his parents at 2 Shaw Road, Tettenhall, giving an account of the Dardanelles.

He describes himself as being “shot through both thighs, but going on as well as can be expected”. His helmet had been shot off his head as well. He “dragged myself on my elbows to the back of the firing line, and got my equipment off to try and dress my wounds.” He continued on his elbows to the beach, as the Royal Army Medical Corps could not get any closer because of enemy fire. One of his men, a man called Lappage of Darlaston, helped him to the Red Cross Hospital. Despite his wounds, Mytton wished “I could have stopped and seen the result at night…I know you will say it is terrible, but for all that it was a glorious fight.”

William Mytton was born in Wolverhampton in 1884, the son of Edwin and Mary Mytton. They were at 28 School Road, Tettenhall, in 1901, together with William’s siblings, Sarah, Robert, Mary, Joseph and Edwin. William was a travelling groom. In 1911, they were living at 3 Shaw Lane, Tettenhall Wood, together with William’s cousin Dorothy Mary Molloy and a visitor, Elizabeth Thursfield. William was a General Labourer.

William enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 10128), and later moved to the Labour Corps (number 641288). William did survive the war, but there are a number of possible marriages and deaths for him so I have not been able to trace him further.

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