ONIONS, George, Private.

Posted: 02/07/2016 in WW I ARMY

DEATH CARD F

ONIONS, George, 20528, Private.

S Staffs

8th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in 1889 in Darlaston the son of Samuel and Catherine Onions.

George may have married a Florence Fieldhouse in the summer of 1915.

He enlisted at Darlaston around November 1915.

Posted to France he was killed in action on the 2nd July 1916.

There is a Cross in Row C. of Gordon Dump Cemetery, France which carries George’s and about 12 other names, it also has the following inscription;

“Believed to be buried in this cemetery, Individual graves unknown.”

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

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NOTES.

In the 1911 census the family are living at 15a, Bilston St, Darlaston.

Samuel Onions. H (55)
Catherine E Onions. W (55)
George Onions. S (22) Riveter at Girder Works.
James Onions. S (20)
Edward Onions. S (18)
Emma Onions. D (16)

James Onions also joined the South Staffs Regiment; he was badly wounded and discharged in December 1916.

DEATH CARD F

CORFIELD, Charles, 11544, Corporal.

S Staffs

8th (Service) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born near to the end of 1887 at Darlaston, the son of John and Ann Corfield.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton

His first active posting was to France where he landed on the 4th August 1915.

He was killed in action on the 7th April 1916.

He is buried in Plot IX, G, 72, Citi Bonjean Military Cemetery, France.

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

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NOTES.

At the times of the 1891 and 1901 census the family was living at 26, Blakemores Lane, Darlaston. His mother is listed as a widow in 1901, the father having died when Charles was about 11 years old.

As yet I have been unable to find them in the 1911 census.

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.

H L I

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.