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The brother of Percy, Hans was born on 20 July 1896 in Wolverhampton. Along with Percy he is mentioned on the 1914-15 Roll of Honour of the Queen Street Congregational Church.

On the 1911 census Hans is described as an engineer and his attestation paper for the Staffordshire Yeomanry says he was working in this capacity for Clyno Engineering Company, Wolverhampton. Much of his service in World War I was spent with his older brother Percy. They joined the 1st Staffordshire Yeomanry on the same day, 24 January 1914 (Hans’s regimental number being 2786) and he would have gone with Percy to the Burton depot when they were mobilised on 5 August 1914. They took the same boat to Alexandria on 27 October 1915 and on 8 September 1916 they began the machine gun course together at the Imperial School of training in Cairo. However a week later, Hans was hospitalised with phlebotomus fever.

Hans later joined the Machine Gun Corps (service number 96046), but was not to become an officer like Percy. He did become a Lance Corporal at the start of 1917 but later relinquished it at own request. He served with the 18th Machine Gun Squadron, a cavalry unit. From 8 August 1918 to 27 March 1919 he was attached to the Army Ordnance Corps workshops in Kantara, Egypt and in his workshop test on 6 August he was assessed as a 3rd Class Artificer turner.

Hans was demobbed on 8 September 1919. He married Nora Fiddler in 1938. They do not appear to have had any children. On the 1939 Register he was living in Acton and was a manager ‘engineers lathes capstan’. He did return to Wolverhampton as he died on 3 September 1955 at 18 Knights Road, Tettenhall. He left an estate after probate of £969 14s 2d.

The research for both of the Guggenheim blog posts was done by volunteer Susan Martin.

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