Albert Beach, Bertha Cooksley, British Library, Edward Christian, Ernest Elliott, Frederick Austin, George Cadman, Harold Sankey, James Maddocks, London Regiment, Martin O'Connor, Red Cross, Royal Fusiliers, Wolverhampton Grammar School
Some more updates on individuals featured on this blog, thanks to some very kind contributions from our readers:
- Frederick Hubert Austin: His death of pneumonia in November 1918 suggests that he was a victim of the Spanish flu epidemic.
- Albert Abraham Beach: He did, in fact, have three sons, his third, David Wesley, was born in 1924 and has just celebrated his 90th birthday.
- George Thomas Cadman: He may never have served with the London Regiment. His service numbers have six digits, which tell us that he was a Territorial Force soldier, so thismay have been purely administrative. He is shown with the same regimental number for both London Regiment and Royal Fusiliers. The Royal Fusiliers had no territorial battalions of its own, but several battalions of the all-territorial London Regiment were affiliated to it and wore the Royal Fusiliers’ cap badge.
- Edward Charles Christian: Further details of many of the “Old Boys” from Wolverhampton Grammar School are featured on this website.
- Bertha Mary Cooksley: Bertha Cooksley has a service file at the National Archives and there is a possible match in the death records, Bertha M. Corbett, Wirral, March qtr1940. There is also an entry in the Register of the Royal Red Cross.
- Ernest Haden Elliott: There is a memorial at the British Library to Librarians who fell in the Great War, although Elliott does not appear to feature on this. Further information on this is on their Facebook album, as well as on an old blog post. As well as the memorial detailed in the original post, Elliott is also commemorated on the RAMC memorial in St Peter’s Church and St Luke’s Church memorial in Blakenhall.
- James Maddocks:The fact that he attested in December 1915, but his service did not begin until April 1916 suggests he enlisted under the terms of the Derby Scheme (named after Lord Derby, the director of recruitment). This was the last attempt to keep enlistment voluntary, without the need for conscription.
- Martin O’Connor: The fact that his death was attributed to his war service is corroborated by the fact he has an entry in the CWGC register (deaths up to 1/8/1921 can be recognised by them) which shows him as an RAF sergeant major. His RAF record can be found in AIR 79/14/1085 – the final part of the reference is his service number.
- Harold Bantock Sankey: Harold won the Military Cross in September 1916 during the attack on Thiepval (part of the Battle of the Somme). He was carrying out the highly dangerous task of forward observation officer feeding information back to 241 Brigade’s artillery batteries.