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HAGUE, Vincent, 13089, Private.

2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in Walsall, Staffs in 1894.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton and arrived in France on the 15th March 1915.

He was killed in action on the 18th May 1915.

He has no known grave and is listed on Le Touret Memorial, France.

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The Le Touret Memorial commemorates over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in this sector of the Western Front from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915 and who have no known grave.

Vincent was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal.

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NOTES.

His death took place in 1915 but due to an error on someone’s part he is listed on the 1916 plaque.

In the 1901 census the mother is listed as Eliza Hague but all of the children are surnamed Eveligh.

 

At the time of the 1911 census he was living at his step-father’s house at 12, Mill St, Darlaston.

James Simkin. H (36)

Eliza Simkin. W (40)

Vincent Hague. S (17) Ironworker, nut & bolt works.

Shadrack Hague. S (15)

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HORTON, Thomas, 18651, Corporal.

1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in 1891 at Walsall, Staffs, the son of and Elizabeth Horton.

He enlisted at Darlaston and his first theatre of war was Gallipoli, where he landed on the 11th September 1915.

He was killed in action on the 26th October 1917 (aged 26).*

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

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The TYNE COT MEMORIAL now bears the names of almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.

Thomas was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal.

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NOTES.

*It seems from other sources that he was 36 when he died not 26.

From the 1911 census we can see that the family were living at 28, Walsall St, Darlaston.

Elizabeth Horton. H (48)

Thomas Horton. S (29) Bolt forger.

Joseph Horton. S (24)

William Horton. S (19)

Minnie Horton. D (17)

Amelia Horton. D (14)

Elsie Wilkinson. Adopted D (4)

Elijah Holden. Cousin (46)

At the time of his death the family home was at 1 House, 6 Court, Foster St, Darlaston.

Both of his brothers also enlisted, they survived.

HAMMONDS, Albert, Pte.

Posted: September 30, 2014 in WW I ARMY

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HAMMONDS, Albert, 69949, private.

36th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.

He was born in Darlaston in 1892 the son of James and Eliza Hammond.

He enlisted at Walsall and was originally 50954 of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action on the 14th October 1918.

He is buried in Plot VI. G. 34. Ration Farm Military Cemetery, France.

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His family had the following inscribed on his headstone.

AND I GIVE UNTO THEM

ETERNAL LIFE AND THEY

SHALL NEVER PERISH

Albert was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

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NOTES.

He is listed as Hammonds on the memorial, all other records list him as Hammond.

By the time of the 1911 census the family was living at 8, Beard St, Darlaston.

James Hammond. H (50)

Eliza Hammond. W (42)

Martha Hammond. D (24)

Albert Hammond. S (19) General Labourer in a Hollowware Dpt.

Edward Hammond. S (16)

Arthur Hammond. S (14)

John Hammond. S (11)

Eernest Hammond. S (8)

Joseph Hammond. S (6)

Sidney Hammond. S (4)

Eliza Sophia Hammond. D (10 months)

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HAMMONDS, Cyril Bertrand, 39860, Private.

10th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.

He was born at Darlaston in 1897 the son of Samuel and Mary Jane Hammonds.

He enlisted at Darlaston and was originally 1493, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was killed in action on the 20th September 1917 aged 21.

He was buried in Plot V. A. 5. Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, Belgium.

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Cyril was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

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On the night of the 1911 census Cyril, and his brother Clive, were listed as visitors at the house of Richard Small, 12, School St, Darlaston.

By 1904 Samuel and Mary were living at ‘The Glen’ Avenue Rd, Darlaston.

Samuel Hammonds was a local builder.

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HAMMONDS, William, 32607, Private.

1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in Darlaston (possibly in 1886 the son of William and Hannah).

He enlisted at Lichfield, originally he was 016399 of the Army Ordinance Corps.

He was killed in action on the 11th January 1917.

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

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The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave.

William was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

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HANDLEY, James, 10728, Lance Corporal.

7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in Darlaston in 1888 the eldest surviving son of Joseph and Catherine Handley.

He enlisted at Darlaston giving his address as 16, Blakemores Lane, Darlaston.

His first theatre of war was Gallipoli where he landed on the 21st August 1915.

He died of wounds in a Field Ambulance station on the 20th July 1917 aged 29.

He is buried in Plot I. B. 8. Brandhoek New Military Cemetery NO 3, Belgium.

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Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 contains 975 First World War burials.

His parents had the following inscribed on his headstone;

PEACE PERFECT PEACE.

James was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal.

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At the time of the 1911 census the family are living at Ct1, house 5, New Road, Darlaston.

Joseph Handley. H (46)

Catherine Handley. W (45)

James Handley. S (22) Labourer at blast furnace.

Joseph Handley. S (20)

Alfred Handley. S (15)

Joseph and Catherine had 5 children, 2 died young and 3 sons went off to war, only the youngest, Alfred, came home.

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HANDLEY, Joseph, 8443, Corporal.

2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in Darlaston in 1890 the son of joseph and Catherine Handley.

Joseph Handley married Winifred M Howell in the spring of 1914.

He enlisted at Wednesbury soon after war was declared and, after training, arrived in France on the 9th November 1914.

He died of wounds on the 19th May 1915.

He was buried in Plot I. C. 27. Chocques Military Cemetery, France.

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Joseph was entitled to the 1914 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal.

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His widow re-married in 1921 and became Mrs W H Sanders living at 3, Bills St, Darlaston.

At the time of the 1911 census the family are living at Ct1, house 5, New Road, Darlaston.

Joseph Handley. H (46)

Catherine Handley. W (45)

James Handley. S (22)

Joseph Handley. S (20) Labourer at blast furnace.

Alfred Handley. S (15)

Joseph and Catherine had 5 children, 2 died young and 3 sons went off to war, only the youngest, Alfred, came home.

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HANDLEY, William, 7760, Private.

2nd/5th Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire) Regiment.

He was born in Darlaston

He enlisted at Darlaston

He landed in France on the 22nd August 1914.

He died on the 15th September 1915.

William has no known grave and is remembered on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France.

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The La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial commemorates 3,740 officers and men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) who fell at the battles of Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne and the Aisne between the end of August and early October 1914 and have no known graves

William was entitled to the 1914 Star with Clasp, War Medal and Victory Medal.

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CROWTHER, J.

Posted: September 27, 2014 in WW II ARMY

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CROWTHER, J.

This name is on the Second World War plaque of Darlaston War Memorial.

Nothing else is known.

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HARPER, Isaiah, T3/026632, Driver.

288th Company, 37th Divisional train, Army Service Corps.

He was born in Darlaston in 1895 and was the son of Job and Sarah Ann Harper.

He enlisted at Darlaston on the 24th November 1914; he gave his address as 5, Beard St, Darlaston and his occupation as Labourer (iron)

He joined his unit on the 27th November at Bradford, Yorks.

On the 29th April 1915 he was admitted to the Military Hospital at Tidworth, Wiltshire where he died of Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis on the 4th May 1915, he was 19 years old.

He is buried in Plot C. 145. Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England.

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During the First World War, the cemetery was used for burials from Tidworth and Fargo Military Hospitals

His mother had the following inscribed on his headstone.

DEEPLY MOURNED BY ALL WHO LOVED HIM FOR EVER WITH THE LORD.

As yet I have been unable to find any entitlement to medals for Isaiah, as he never finished training or left England he may not have qualified.

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From his records we know that he was 5’ 5” tall, 9st 12 lb and had a tattoo on his right fore arm.

Driver means Horse driver, according to the answer given to the Army by a previous employer he was able to ‘drive a pair’ (ie. a two horse cart)

At the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 35, Addenbrook St, Darlaston.

Job Harper. H (48)

Sarah Ann Harper. W (50)

Job Harper. S (28)

Richard Harper. S (25)

John Henry Harper. S (23)

William Harper. S (20)

Isaiah Harper. S (16) Labourer (Hay & corn dealer)

Arthur Harper. S (13)

Hilda Harper. D (6)

His older brother John Henry Harper is also on Darlaston War Memorial.