Artists R

HORTON, Alan Moncrieff, 766970, Private.

“C” Company, 28th (County of London) Battalion, (Artists’ Rifles)

He was born in 1899 at Darlaston the only son of Nathan and Emma Horton.

He enlisted at Walsall.

He was killed in action on the 27th August 1918 aged 19.

He is buried in Plot XI. L. 5. Of the A. I. F. Burial Ground, Flers, France.

A.I.F.

His parent’s had the following inscribed on his headstone;

“OUR ONLY BELOVED SON”

Alan was entitled to the War Medal and the Victory Medal.

mutt n jeff

NOTES.

From the 1911 census we see that the family were living at ‘Ivydene, 24b, Pinfold St Darlaston. (this is where Alan had been born in 1899)

Nathan Horton. H (54)

Emma Horton. W (53)

Florence Mabel. D (21)

Nellie Horton. D (19)

Alan Moncrieff Horton. S (11) School.

Alan was originally buried in, the small, North Road Cemetery, Flers alongside 6 of his comrades from the Artists’ Rifles all killed on the same day.

They were later exhumed and reburied in their present graves.

Suffolk R

HORTON, Bert, 19350, Lance Corporal.

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

He was born in Willenhall, Staffs. (Possibly the son of Stephen and Amelia Horton)

He enlisted at Wolverhampton, Staffs, originally as a Hussar number 25103.

He was first posted to France on the 6th July 1915.

He was killed in action on the 20th July 1916.

He is buried in Plot XXIX. G. 6. Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France.

delville

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

trio

NOTES.

His Medal Index card says “Died on or since 20/ 7/16 “.

He was originally buried in a smaller cemetery but in the 1920’s-30’s the IWGC closed many of these, the soldiers remains were exhumed and concentrated in larger, more easily maintained, cemeteries.

HOWDLE, J, Pte.

Posted: September 1, 2014 in WW I ARMY

the_kings_liverpool_regiment_cap_badge2

HOWDLE, James, 8980, Private.

1st Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment).

He was born in Willenhall in 1882 the son of

James married Charlotte Cannon at Aston in 1911.

It would seem from other evidence that a daughter was born within the next two years.

He enlisted at Birmingham and was deployed to France on the 12th August 1914.

He was killed in action at Boursoune, France on the 1st September 1914 aged 31.

He has no known grave and is remembered on La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial to the Missing.

La Ferte

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

James was entitled to the 1914 Star with clasp, War Medal and Victory Medal.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

NOTES.

Of the 271 men named on Darlaston War Memorial’s Great War plaques James Howdle was the first to fall.

In the 1911 census James is living with his future wife and in-laws at 13, Orford Rd, Hockley, Birmingham. He describes himself as a ’carrier’ and is self-employed.

At the time of his death his address was Heath Rd, Darlaston.

When the memorial was built the information gathered included;

Son of Mr. G. Howdle, of 216, Franklin Rd., King’s Norton, Birmingham.

Husband of Charlotte Howdle, of 16, Branksome Avenue, Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham.

According to the probate records he left £154. 10s to his widow.

(This is the accepted ‘family history’ of James but there are inconsistencies!

Any Howdle’s out there?)

s staffs badge

HOWELLS, Harry, 2437, Sergeant.

1st/6th (TF) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born at Darlaston in 1884 the son of Hossuth and Rosetta Howell.

Harry married Mercy Powell on the 9th February 1908.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton hen his address was 9, Bell St, Darlaston. He was posted to France on the 5th March 1915.

He was killed in action on the 14th August 1915, 32 years old.

He was buried in Plot I. J.  4. Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery.

larch wood

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

trio

NOTES.

In the 1911 census we find him living with his family at Ct7, Hs3, Bell St, Darlaston.

Harry Howell. H (26) Bolt maker.

Mercy Howell. W (22)

Jessie Howell. D (2)

Rees Howell. D (4 months)

By the time his headstone was erected he is described as;

Husband of Mercy Goodby (formerly Howell), of 35, Albion St., Brades Village, Oldbury, Birmingham.

welsh g

HUMPHREYS, Alfred John Oliver, 29, Sergeant.

1st Battalion, Welsh Guards Regiment.

He was born at Fleetwood Lancs in 1895 the eldest son of Alfred and Mary Jane Humphreys.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton, Staffs, originally as 16689, Grenadier Guards.

He arrived in France on the 17th August 1915.

He was awarded the Military Medal ‘for bravery in the field.

Military_Medal_(UK)

He was killed in action on the 10th September 1916.

Alfred was originally buried as ‘Unknown British Soldier’ but in the 1930’s his body was exhumed and identified from items in the grave.

He is now buried in collective grave IX. E. 10-15. London Cemetery Extension, Longueval, France.

london cemetery

 

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

trio

 

NOTES.

He was born in Fleetwood Lancs, his father was stationed there at the time.

In the 1901 census the family are living at the Regimental Depot at Whittington, Lichfield.

 

In the 1911 census they are at 61-2 Church St, Darlaston, this was the T/A Drill Hall.

Alfred Edward Humphreys. H (43)

Flora Gertrude Humphreys. W (43)

Alfred John Oliver Humphreys. S (17) Moulder in a Steel Works.

Cyril Edward Humphreys. S (15)

Frank Leslie Humphreys. S (13)

Dorothea Humphreys. D (10)

Horace Hastings Humphreys. S (6)

Flora Gertrude Humphreys. D (5)

Norman Deag Humpreys. S (2)

The father and three brothers served, only two returned.

s staffs badge

HUMPHREYS, Alfred Edward, 10479, Company Serjeant Major.

South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in Birmingham in 1867 the son of Alfred and Mary Jane Humphreys.

Alfred married Flora Gertrude Hastings on the 4th January 1894 in Holy Trinity Church, Birchfield, Staffs. He is recorded as a Soldier residing at Aldershot.

He was a regular soldier and may have ended his period of service a year or so before the outbreak of the war.

He re-enlisted at Wolverhampton and was posted to France on the 24th August 1915.

After returning he was based at the Regiment’s Depot at Whittington, Staffs when he died on the 6th November 1916 aged 49.

He was buried on the 11th November 1916 in Plot L. 272. James Bridge Cemetery, Darlaston.

1 Humphreys A CSM

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

trio

NOTES.

In the 1901 census the family are living at the Regimental Depot at Whittington, Lichfield.

In the 1911 census they are at 61-2 Church St, Darlaston, this was the T/A Drill Hall.

Alfred Edward Humphreys. H (43) Army Colour Sergeant, Instructor, Territorials.

Flora Gertrude Humphreys. W (43)

Alfred John Oliver Humphreys. S (17)

Cyril Edward Humphreys. S (15)

Frank Leslie Humphreys. S (13)

Dorothea Humphreys. D (10)

Horace Hastings Humphreys. S (6)

Flora Gertrude Humphreys. D (5)

Norman Deag Humpreys. S (2)

 

s staffs badge

HUTCHINSON, Reuben, 30961, Private.

2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born at Wednesbury in 1876 the son of Joseph and Sarah Hutchinson.

Reuben Hutchinson married Eliza Beatrice Holden on the 24th December 1902 at Walsall Register Office.

Reuben initially joined the Army Service Corps at Darlaston on the 11th November 1914, however just 85 days later, on the 3rd February 1915, at Bradford he was discharged on the grounds of;

Not being likely to become an efficient soldier,”

He enlisted for a second time at Walsall, joining the South Staffs’ Regiment.

He was killed in action on the 28th April 1917.

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

arras

ARRAS MEMORIAL commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918.

Reuben was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

mutt n jeff

 

NOTES.

In the 1911 census he is living at 335, Walsall Rd, Darlaston.

Reuben Hutchinson. H (34) Carter in Nut & Bolt works.

Beatrice Hutchinson. W (28)

May Hutchinson. D (8)

Gladys Hutchinson. D (5)

Lily Hutchinson. D (11 months)

 

HARRIS, R

Posted: August 31, 2014 in WW II ARMY
Tags:

 poppies

HARRIS, R.

This name is included on Darlaston War Memorial, is any other information known?

 

R I R

JAMES, Louis, 8273, Rifleman.

2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.

He was born in 1886 at Darlaston the son of John and Mary James.

He enlisted at Darlaston and was originally 100154, Royal Field Artillery.

He died of wounds on the 4th September 1916.

He is buried in Plot I. A. 34. Varennes Military Cemetery, France.

varennes

The cemetery contains 1,219 burials of the First World War.

Louis was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

mutt n jeff

 

NOTES.

In the census his name is always spelled ‘Lewis’, in all of the military and memorial records it is Louis.

The 1911 census shows his family at 12, Bush St, Darlaston.

Lewis James, H (25)

Susannah James. W (24)

Mary James. D (3 months)

By the time he enlists he is giving his father’s address of 3, Rough Hay Rd, Darlaston. His father is also listed as next of kin on the IWGC records.

 

 maritimera

HANDLEY, Arthur, 7045828, Gunner.

4/2 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Born in Darlaston he was the son of Arthur and Dora Handley.

He was killed in action on the 15th January 1943.

 

Gunner Handley was a DEMS (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships) Gunner employed to operate weapons of various calibres on Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships. At the time of his death, Gunner Handley was aboard the S.S. Ocean Courage either as a Gunner attached to the ship or as one of two DEMS Gunners on passage to their next assignment.

ocean_vanguard

S.S. Ocean Courage was a transport which had been launched in June 1942. She had left Freetown on the 12th of January bound for Trinidad and then the United States carrying 8,956 tons of iron ore and eight bags of mail. Armed with one 3 inch gun, three 20mm cannons and two machine guns, she was sailing unescorted. At 0315 on the 15th of January she was attacked by the German U-Boat U-182. A torpedo struck the Ocean Courage on the port side at the bulkhead of Number 2 hold and was sinking, bow first, within 90 seconds. Without time to launch the lifeboats the crew had little chance of survival, only six finding refuge on a raft. The remaining 42 members of the crew, including all eight DEMS Gunners and the Master, Thomas Harold Kemp perished. The six survivors were rescued six days later by the crew of the British Motor Merchant Vessel Silver Walnut. U-182, Commanded by KapitanLeutnant Nicolai Clausen, was herself sunk in May 1943 when attacked with depth charges by the American Destroyer U.S.S. MacKenzie. None of the 61 crew survived the sinking.

He has no grave but the sea and is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

dbImage