This image appears in the Midland Counties Express dated 15 January 1916. Three sons and two step-sons of Mrs Sheldon of 13 Grimstone Street, Springfields, were serving in the colours.
- Sergeant-Major Morris Kendrick (aged 29), was in England with the R.A.M.C.
- Private Harold Kendrick (aged 24) was in France with the R.A.M.C.
- Driver Alfred Kendrick (aged 18) was with the R.F.A. in France
- Private Sidney E. Sheldon (aged 24) was with the R.A.M.C. in England
- Frank Sheldon had not had his photograph taken recently.
The Kendrick men (who will be covered in this blog post) are the sons of Edward and Elizabeth Maud Kendrick (later Sheldon), who lived at 261 Bilston Road in 1891. Edward died in 1896. Stephen Sheldon and Elizabeth Kendrick married in Walsall in 1901. By 1901 the combined families lived at 23 Old Mill Street, Wolverhampton, and the children were Albert S., Francis Henry, Sidney Edmund and George Henry Sheldon, and Maurice E., Harold and Albert Ernest Kendrick. They had moved to 1 Bailey Street by 1911, and Stephen and Elizabeth had had three further children – Percival Joseph, William Arthur and Maud Rebecca.
Maurice Edward was born in Wolverhampton in 1886. By 1901 he was an errand boy for an engraver’s. In 1906, he married Ann Nora Carey in Wolverhampton. By 1911, the couple were living at 42 Lower Stafford Street, Wolverhampton, with their two daughters, Dorothy Maud and Gladys Evelyn. Maurice was now an analyst’s assistant working for a brewer. The couple had a further five children – Edna M. (1913), Victor E. H. (1915), Laura E. (1916), Vera (1919) and Olive M. (1921). Maurice enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps (first number 321, later 421011). He became Acting Warrant Officer Class 1, and was awarded the Military Medal. He survived the war.
Harold was born on 6 June 1891. From 1907 until 1909 he worked as a cleaner for the Great Western Railway at Oxley station. By 1911, Harold was a railway porter, working for the London and North Western Railway. In March 1914, he enlisted with the 3rd North Midland Field Ambulance (number 2284, later 421140), by which date he was a porter and signalman. From 1915 he served in France. He later transferred to the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (WR/177084, later 491981). He was demobilised in 1919. On 4 January 1919, he married May Baugh at St James’s parish church in Wolverhampton. The couple had two children, Evelyn M. (1920) and Alan (1926). Harold died in 1979.
Albert was born in 1895. He was an errand boy in 1911. He enlisted as a Driver with the 250th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery (number 185098) on 10 December 1915, and was discharged on 11 July 1918 due to sickness. He was issued with a Silver War Badge (number 422421) on 23 June 1918. He survived the war, but I have not been able to glean further details about him.