• Charles Barratt was born on 14 November 1892. From 1899 onwards, he attended St Michael’s Church of England Junior School. He died in 1960 in Bilston at the age of 67.
  • Victor Craddock was born on 29 May 1894. He first attested on 7/12/1915 and was mobilised on 20/12/1916. He was 5ft 5ins and wore glasses to correct astigmatism. At the time he was working in Liverpool as deputy superintendent at the Board of Trade mercantile Marine Office, and living at 27 Alvestone Road, Egremont, Cheshire. He went into the 2nd Battalion Rifles OTC D Company and on his application form said he wished to be commissioned in the South Staffordshires, Royal Warwickshires or Worcestershires. On 23/5/1917 he was recommended for the 5th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant. After his death (of wounds received in action) on 11 October 1918, at no 141 field ambulance, Victor was initially buried at Magny La Fosse British Cemetery. On 26/4/1920 his father was informed he had been re-interned at Bellicourt British cemetery north of St Quentin.
  • Notice of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to Arthur Edwards is also mentioned in the Midland Counties Express on 14 August 1915. His service number was 8954. He was appointed paid Lance Corporal in May 1914, and then promoted to Corporal in September 1914. In February 1915, he was tried and sentenced to be reduced to the ranks for refusing to obey a lawful command given by his superior officer. In February 1918 he sprained his knee during training and although the swelling went down, it did cause him problems with walking. He was discharged on 23 August 1918, and was awarded the Silver War Badge (number B4128) on 7 September 1918
  • Wilfred/Wilfrid Hampson is listed on the 1939 Register as Cyril W Hampson, with a date of birth of 31 Jan 1890 and occupation Unemployed – Assistance Board (Civil Servant) living at 24 Richmond Road, Nuneaton M.B., Warwickshire, with the Caswell family. It is noted that he is divorced. There is a possible marriage for him in 1938 to Louise Hayward, listed in 1939 in Blackpool as divorced. She later married a Stanley Yates in 1941 in Blackpool. There is also a possible death for him in 1956 in Pontypool, Monmouthshire.
  • Brothers Charles and William Northall were mentioned in the Midland Counties Express on 30 October 1915. Before the war, Charles (here known as “Charlie”), had been a clerk in the Wolverhampton Corporation Borough Accountant’s department. The photograph shows the two brothers (right and centre) along with Percy Waddams.  All three men were from Blakenhall and worked for Wolverhampton Council. The article confirmed that Charlie had been killed in action, William had been wounded in the right foot and left thigh and was now in hospital in Manchester and Waddams had been wounded in the left arm. Charlie had also been a member of the Wolverhampton Amateur Comedy Society and belonged to St Peter’s Church.northall and waddams

More mentions of men already featured have been picked up in the Midlands Counties Express:

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