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doddThe Midland Counties Express of 25 December 1915 shows four photographs, who are the three sons and a son-in-law of Mr Dodd, 44 East View Villas, Willenhall Road, Wolverhampton:

  • Private Jack Dodd, K. O. S. B.
  • Private Joseph Dodd, K. O. S. B.
  • Private William Dodd, D. C. L. I.
  • Harry Chapman, first-class stoker in the navy

Their mother, Clara Dodd, was at 144 Willenhall Road in 1911, together with children Arthur Moses, John, Clara, Clarence, Joe and Bill. John was a salesman for an auctioneer, Joseph was a grocer’s assistant, and William (“Bill”) was an errand boy. Their father, George, was still alive, but did not appear in the household on that night.

John was born in 1891 in Wolverhampton (although the 1911 census states he was born in Birmingham). He enlisted in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (number 15689). He first served in France from 10 July 1915. He was discharged on 27 March 1919. I have not been able to confirm further details of his life.

Joseph was born in Birmingham in 1893. He enlisted first with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (number 28001) and then the Highland Light Infantry (number 45170). He, too survived the war, but I have been unable to confirm further details.

William was born in around 1897 in Heath Town, Wolverhampton. There are various possibilities for his military service so I have not been able to confirm further details.

The daughter, Clara, married Harry Chapman in 1913. I have not been able to confirm further details about Harry or his service with the Navy, but the couple had two children, Marjorie C. and Harry C. W., in 1914 and 1916.

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