DAVIES, Samuel, Pte.

Posted: 06/04/2016 in WW I ARMY

DEATH CARD F

 

DAVIES, Samuel, 19623, Private.

 

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2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.

 He was born at Bilston, Staffs.

In early 1913 Samuel married Sarah Ann Hunt at Darlaston.

 He enlisted at Bilston and was originally 25210, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

 He was killed in action in Mesopotamia on the 6th April 1916.

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Basra, Memorial, Iraq.

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Samuel was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

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NOTES.

At the time of his death Samuel’s address is recorded as Providence Cottage, Willenhall St, Darlaston. This was the family home of his wife.

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His widow re-married in the summer of 1917 to Ralph Russell, 17, Short St, Wednesbury.

(Samuel may have been the son of George and Amelia Davies but this is to be confirmed.)

Posted: 20/03/2016 in Uncategorized

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All 376 names recorded on Darlaston War Memorial have now been added to

DARLASTON REMEMBERS.

Each of them has their own page which can be searched for by typing the surname required into the ‘White brush-stroke’ at the bottom of the left-hand column.

Just type over the words ‘search this site’ and click on the black arrow.

 

There are 271 men on the WWI plaques.

264 Army.

4 Royal Navy.

1 Royal Marine.

2 Unknown service.*

 

There are 93 service men and women on the WWII plaque.

55 Army.

17 Royal Navy.

10 Royal Air Force.

11 Unknown Service.*

 

There are 12 civilians on the WWII plaque.

 The aim is to identify all those marked * and remove this category.

This site is not finished and will never be finished as long as further information is being found for all those who paid the ultimate price.

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GREEN, George H, Pte

Posted: 17/02/2016 in WW I ARMY

DEATH CARD F

GREEN, George Henry, 14217, Private.

S Staffs

8th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in 1884 at Darlaston and was the son of John and Grace Elizabeth Green.

He married Mary Elizabeth Phillips in the Spring of 1909.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton and was first deployed to France on the 14th July 1915.

He died of wounds on the 17th February 1916 aged 31.

He is buried in Plot II. C. 47. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

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His widow had the following inscribed on his headstone;

UNTIL THE DAY BREAKS

& THE SHADOWS FLY AWAY.

The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 24 being unidentified.

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

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NOTES.

At the time of the 1911 census he was living at 4 Court, 5 House, New St, Darlaston.

George Henry Green. H (26) Labourer at Bridge & Roofing works.

Mary Elizabeth Green. W (25)

Elsie Maud Green. D (1)

By the time of his death their home was at 48, New St, Darlaston.

DEVEY, James, Rfm

Posted: 15/02/2016 in WW I ARMY

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DEVEY, James, S/9563, Rifleman.

7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade.

He was born in late 1897 at Darlaston the son of Joseph and Annie Devey.

He enlisted on the 9th April 1915 at Darlaston and joined his unit at Winchester on the 13th April.

He was first posted to France on the 22nd September 1915.

He was killed in action on the 6th February 1916.

He is buried in Plot I. U. 2. Essex Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

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

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NOTES.

At the time of the 1911 census the family live at 9, Factory St, Darlaston.

Joseph Devey. H (42)

Annie Devey. W (40)

Samuel Devey. S (14)

James Devey. S (13)

Joseph Devey. S (7)

Alfred Devey. S (5)

Arthur Devey. S (2)

This was still James’ address when he enlisted.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Posted: 13/10/2015 in Uncategorized

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All 376 names recorded on Darlaston War Memorial have now been added to

DARLASTON REMEMBERS.

Each of them has their own page which can be searched for by typing the surname required into the ‘White brush-stroke’ at the bottom of the left-hand column.

Just type over the words ‘search this site’ and click on the black arrow.

 

There are 271 men on the WWI plaques.

264 Army.

4 Royal Navy.

1 Royal Marine.

2 Unknown service.*

 

There are 93 service men and women on the WWII plaque.

55 Army.

17 Royal Navy.

10 Royal Air Force.

11 Unknown Service.*

 

There are 12 civilians on the WWII plaque.

 The aim is to identify all those marked * and remove this category.

This site is not finished and will never be finished as long as further information is being found for all those who paid the ultimate price.

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GOODWIN, George, L/Cpl

Posted: 27/09/2015 in WW I ARMY

DEATH CARD F

GOODWIN, George, 18417, Lance Corporal.

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12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.

He was born at Darlaston in 1892 he was the son of William and Betsy Goodwin.

He married Lily Alice Davies in the spring of 1914 at Darlaston.

He enlisted at Darlaston in January 1915 and after undergoing training he was sent to France on the 11th July 1915.

George was wounded on the 26th September 1915 and died the following day, he was 24 years old.

He was buried in Plot I. D. 49. Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France.

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As we can see from his Medal Index Card

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

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NOTES.

At the time of the 1911 census the family home was at 8, Mill St, Darlaston.

William Goodwin. H (54)

Betsy Goodwin. W (51)

George Goodwin. S (18) Machinist Bolt maker.

Fanny Goodwin. D (16)

Thomas Goodwin. S (11)

When he enlisted his address may have been 19, Foundry St, Darlaston.

On all of the Imperial War Grave records his widow gives as her address, 8, Little Cross St Darlaston.

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BROOKES, Alfred, P/KX 102599 Stoker 2nd Cl.

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H.M.S. Express, Royal Navy.

Born at Darlaston in 1917, he was the son of Alfred and Sarah A. Brookes.

Alfred married Emma Winifred Smith at Wednesbury shortly after the outbreak of the war in 1939.

He was killed in action on the 1st September 1940, aged 22.

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

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NOTES.

 

H.M.S. Express was an E Class destroyer, launched in 1934. In June 1940, H.M.S. Express, along with H.M.S. Shikari, were the last two ships to leave Dunkirk on June 4th. During the course of the evacuation, H.M.S. Express had carried some 2,500 troops to safety despite being damaged by bombing.

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On the 31st August 1940, H.M.S. Express left Immingham along with other vessels to lay an offensive minefield off the Dutch Coast. During the course of this operation, Express hit a German mine which removed the bow of the ship as far back as the bridge. The detonation of the mine and its aftermath resulted in the death of four Officers and 55 Ratings. The vessel was towed back to England but the same operation saw the loss of the Destroyers H.M.S. Esk and H.M.S. Ivanhoe. This incident became known as the Texel disaster. H.M.S. Express was repaired and continued in service until 1943 when transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. She was eventually scrapped in 1955.

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BURKETT, Douglas Thomas, P/JX 167706, Able Seaman.

H.M.S. Esk, Royal Navy.

He was born in 1918 at Darlaston the son of Thomas James and Betsy Jane Burkett.

He was killed in action on the 1st September 1940 aged 22.

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

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NOTES.

The ship joined the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk on 29 May. HMS Esk evacuated 3904 troops between 29 May and 3 June, including over 1,000 French troops rescued from the TSS Scotia, which was sinking after German air attacks. After repairs to the minor damage suffered by the ship during the evacuation, she resumed her previous duties

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On the 31st August 1940, H.M.S. Esk, under the command of Lt.Cdr. R.J.H. Couch, DSC, RN, left Immingham along with other vessels to lay an offensive minefield off the Dutch Coast. During the course of this operation, HMS Express hit a German mine which removed the bow of the ship as far back as the bridge. H.M.S. Esk was moving to offer assistance to Express when she herself hit a mine and subsequently sank with the loss of the captain and 134 of her crew.

In some official sources he is referred to as Birkett.

KNIGHT, David, Pte.

Posted: 23/08/2015 in WW I ARMY

DEATH CARD F

KNIGHT, David, 5594, Private.

S Staffs

1st/5th (TF) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in Wednesbury in 1885 the son of John and Elizabeth Knight.

David married Hennrietta Maud Edwards.

He enlisted at Wednesbury.

His first taste of battle was in France where he landed on the 5th March 1915.

He was killed in action on the 23rd August 1915.

He had been buried when he was killed but his grave was lost during subsequent military action, he is remembered on the ‘Railway Trench Cemetery’ Memorial which is located within the Perth Cemetery (China Wall),at Ieper, Belgium.

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From his Medal Index Card we see that

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

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NOTES.

In the 1911 census we see that David and his wife were living with his in-laws at 1, Bull Stake, Darlaston Rd, Wednesbury.

Samuel Edwards. H (52)

Mary Ann Edwards. W (52)

Hennrietta Maud Knight. D (23)

Harry Edwards. S (17)

Hannah Edwards. D (10)

David Knight. Boarder. (25) Turner at a Tube works.

The Knights later set up the family home at 46, Mill St, Darlaston.

DAY, James, Pte.

Posted: 22/08/2015 in WW I ARMY

DEATH CARD F

DAY, James, 10347, Private.

S Staffs

7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in 1877 at Walsall, the son of William and Sarah Jane Day (nee Yates).

James married Emily Benton in 1902.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton, Staffs.

His first active posting was to Gallipoli, arriving there on the 21st July 1915.

He was killed in action at Gallipoli on the 22nd August 1915 aged 40(?)

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

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His Medal Index Card (National Archives) shows that

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

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NOTES.

At the time of the 1911 census the family home was at 1, New Place, Darlaston.

James Day. H (33) Bolt maker

Emily Day. W (29)

Priscilla Day. D (7)

William Day. S (5)

James Day. S (4)

Alfred Day. S (6 months)

(In 1912 they had another daughter, Emily Jane Day.)

His widow remarried becoming Emily Keegan of 9, Dangerfield Lane, Darlaston.