This photograph was published in the Midland Counties Express on 27 November 1915. It shows the five sons of Mrs McDonald of 81 St Matthew Street, Wolverhampton:
- Leonard, aged 34, who served four years in the Territorials and went in to training on the outbreak of war, before serving in France
- Charles, aged 28, who had been in France for three months with the R. F. A., following six years in the Navy before he was time-expired, and enlisted in the Army
- Douglas, aged 26, who served for seven years in the 1st Worcesters before war broke out and went to the Front with the first Expeditionary Force. He was wounded three times and was in hospital in Cardiff
- Harold, aged 21, had served with the 2nd South Staffords for two years prior to the war, had been wounded twice and was back in the trenches.
- Sidney, who had been at the front for four months with the Royal Engineers, and had been wounded once.
These were the sons of Hugh and Hannah or Ann Priscilla McDonald, living at Number 9, Court 3, John Street, in 1901.
Leonard was born in about 1884 in Moseley Village. He was a stable lad and groom in 1901. In 1907, he married Ellen Conrey in Wolverhampton. By 1911, he was living with his wife (now known as Nellie), some of his wife’s relatives, and their two daughters, Annie and Nellie, at 1 St Mary Street, Wolverhampton. Leonard was a carman for the London and North Western Railway. I have not been able to confirm details of his military service, but Leonard survived the war, and died in Wolverhampton in 1926.
Enoch Charles was born in Wolverhampton on 24 July 1885, and was a carpenter in 1901. In 1904, when his trade was given as a groom and carter, he enlisted with the Royal Navy (number 307162). During the course of his service, he was involved in various incidents, including “obscene language” and “assault”, so in August 1910, he was discharged “in view of poor record”. He was living with his mother and siblings Elsie, Harold, Randal and Hector in 1911, at 5 Ash Place, Monmore Green, Bilston Road, Wolverhampton. He was a general labourer in an iron works. Later the same year, he married Jane Evans, and the couple had two children – Enoch C. (1912) and Queen M. (1920). On 25 August 1915, he enlisted as a Driver with the 13th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery (service number 106473). He first served in France from 18 October 1915. He survived the war and was discharged on 11 March 1919 because of wounds. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number B251938) on 5 July 1919. He died in Wolverhampton in 1939.
Douglas was born in Wolverhampton in 1890. By 1911, he was serving with the Worcestershire Regiment (number 21273), and was stationed at Carisbrooke, Hampshire. He later transferred to the Labour Corps (number 278908). He survived the war and was discharged on 24 April 1918 after being wounded. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 405166) on 12 April 1918. He married Ellen Dorothy Bignell in 1915 on the Isle of Wight and they had a son, Leonard. Douglas died in Wolverhampton in 1945.
Harold was born in 1894, and was a heater for an edge tool works in 1911. He enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9478), disembarking on 12 August 1914. I have not been able to confirm further details about his life, but he does appear to have survived the war.
Sidney will be featured in a separate blog post tomorrow.