CONWAY, Peter, Pte.

Posted: 25/07/2015 in WW I ARMY


CONWAY, Peter, 9905, Private.

S Staffs

7th (Service) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

 He was born in 1895 at Motherwell, Scotland, the son of Peter and Isabella Conway. They were a Black Country family but lived in Scotland for most of the 1890s. But by 1901 they had returned and were living in Regent St, Birchills, Walsall and by the time of the 1911 census they had moved to Darlaston.


Peter enlisted at Wolverhampton, Staffs, underwent training and his first theatre of war was Gallipoli, he landed there on the 21st July 1915, 4 days later he was dead.


He was killed in action at Gallipoli on the 25th July 1915 aged 19.


He is buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.


The exact location of his grave is unknown and he is therefore remembered on Special Memorial A. 34. In addition to his details it has the inscription



Peter’s family had the following inscription added to the memorial.




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




Isabella Conway died in 1903 and Peter Snr married Emma Smith in 1905.


From the 1911 census we see that the family are at 12 Bentley Rd, Darlaston.

 Peter Conway. H (52)

Emma Conway. W (46)

Clara Conway. D (20)

 Alfred Conway. S (16)

Thomas Smith. S (16)

Peter Conway. S (15) General Labourer in Bolt & Nut works.

Florence Smith. D (9)

 John Tomlinson. Boarder (25)


His brother Alfred is also on Darlaston War Memorial and on this site.


Posted: 30/06/2015 in Uncategorized


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


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.


CHEETHAM, Walter, L/Cpl.

Posted: 24/06/2015 in WW I ARMY

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CHEETHAM, Walter Ernest, 2788, Lance Corporal.

S Staffs

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

He was born in 1894 at Aston Warwickshire the son of Ernest and Florence Cheetham and the adopted son of Fountain E and Edith J Lane.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton, Staffs and was deployed to France on the 4th March 1915.

He died of wounds at No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station, France on the 24th June 1915 aged 20.

He is buried in Plot K. 2. Bailleul Communal Cemetery Nord, France.


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



He was killed on the same day that he had been promoted to Lance Corporal.

At the time of the 1911 census he was living with the Lanes’ at Ashcroft, Slater St, Darlaston.

Fountain Edward Lane. H (46)

Edith Juliet Lane. W (39)

Sylvia Ruby Lane. D (17)

Winifred Edith Lane. D (15)

Walter Ernest Cheetham. Boarder (16) Office Clerk in Bolt works.

Dorothy Williams. Visitor (4)

 His is also remembered on the Wednesbury War Memorial and his name was also recorded on the F. W. Cotterill Ltd Memorial.

His birth father was a theatrical actor.

The Lanes managed an Off-Licence at 1, Albert St, Darlaston.

From his will we see that he left £53 18s 7d.

(The photograph of him at the head of his page was taken when he was about 13 years old.)


Posted: 09/06/2015 in WW II ARMY


Micklewright, William, 13019225, Corporal.

Pioneer Corps.

William was born on the 14th November 1903 at Wolverhampton, the son of William and Mary Micklewright. (Nee Whittingham.)

The family later moved and lived at 20, Coronation Street, Pontymister, Monmouthshire, his father was a galvanised iron worker and moved there for work. William snr, was an ex-regular soldier and he re-joined the army in 1914 but under the name of William McNally.

William jr married Annie Ash at Newport, Monmouthshire in 1925, at some point they moved to Walsall and lived at 22, Teddesley Street, Walsall.

William died on the 21st May 1943 in the General Hospital, Oxford. He had been serving at the Craven Hill Camp, Bicester.

William’s body was returned to his family and he was buried in Ryecroft Cemetery, Walsall in Plot 49.3.610 on Tuesday 25 May 1943. He was 39 years of age.



Does anyone know why he is on Darlaston War Memorial? Had he lived there or did he work in one of the factories?

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HAMMONDS, William Thomas, 5043488, Private.

2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in Wednesbury in 1904 a son of William and Elizabeth Hammonds.

William married Emma Bowker early in 1938

William’s death was recorded as being between the 27th -29th May 1940; sadly the exact day and place of  his death and burial are unknown. He was 35 years old.

He has no known grave and is remembered on Column 120 of the Dunkirk Memorial, France.


The DUNKIRK MEMORIAL stands at the entrance to the Commonwealth War Graves section of Dunkirk Town Cemetery. It commemorates more than 4,500 casualties of the British Expeditionary Force who died in the campaign of 1939-40 or who died in captivity who were captured during this campaign and who have no known grave.

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PULLAR, Alistair, 4911664, Corporal.


5th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment.

Son of Frederick and Ellen Elizabeth Pullar of Darlaston.

Cpl Alistair Victor Pullar. always know as Vic.  served in South Staffs Regt 1932-1939. Service in India. In 1939 he was transferred to the Northamptonshire Regiment Saw Service in France and Belgium as part of the Expeditionary Force. .

He was killed in action on 21st May 1940 aged 29.

He is buried in Plot 1, K, 8 of Heverlee War Cemetery.

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He was employed by Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Co Ltd at Wolverhampton and his name is on its War Memorial.

His father Frederick served in the Great War and was the model for the statue of the soldier standing on top of Darlaston War Memorial.

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HANDLEY, Joseph, 8443, Corporal.

2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born at 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.


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



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’s brother James is also on Darlaston War Memorial and on this site.

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


JOYNSON, Leonard, Charles, Billingsley, Lieutenant.

S Staffs

1st/6th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in 1890 in Wednesbury to Charles W. D. and Jane Joynson.

He joined the Territorial Force when it was established in 1908 and before the war he was an officer with the Darlaston Company, 6th (TF) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He arrived in France on the 4th March 1915.

He was accidentally killed on the 6th May 1915, whilst instructing his men in hand grenade practice an explosion occurred, he was killed instantly.

He is buried in Plot U. 3. Nieuwkerke. (Neuve-Eglise) Churchyard, Belgium.

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



His father was C. W. D. Joynson, architect, surveyor and one-time Mayor of Wednesbury.

At the time of the 1911 census the family was living at Albert House, Walsall Rd, Kings Hill, Wednesbury.

Charles W D Joynson. H (49)

Jane L B Joynson. W (49)

Elsie Cash Joynson. D (23)

Leonard C B Joynson. S (21) Architectural student.

Sydney D Joynson. S (19)

Archibald J Joynson. S (16)


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.


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.


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.

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PHILLIPS, Harold, James, P/SSX 24697 Able Seaman.
H.M.S. Glowworm, Royal Navy.

He was born in the summer of 1920 at Walsall, Staffs, the son of Arthur and Eliza Phillips (nee Hardwick).

He joined the navy at the beginning of the war.

Harold was killed in action in one of the iconic actions of the war.

H.M.S. Glowworm, a ‘G’ class destroyer, set sail for Norwegian waters on April 5th 1940 as part of a force intending to intercept the expected German invasion of Norway. On the 8th of April, Glowworm emerged from the rain to be confronted by the German Heavy Cruiser Hipper. Vastly outgunned and dwarfed by the Hipper, Lieutenant Commander Roope made smoke to try and hide from the Hipper as she carried out torpedo attacks. Ten were fired but all failed to hit the Hipper. By now, Glowworm had already received numerous hits from Hipper’s main and secondary armament. It was at this point that Lieutenant Commander Roope decided that there was no alternative other than to attempt to ram tearing off 100 feet of armoured belt. Glowworm backed away and Lieutenant Commander Roope opened the sea cocks to ensure Glowworm would sink. Hipper’s Captain, Helmuth Heye, brought his vessel to a halt in such a position that any survivors would drift towards the Hipper. Of Glowworm’s crew of 149, only 31 were rescued. They were treated well by the Captain and crew of the Hipper. Lieutenant Commander Roope’s action in taking on the Hipper was recognised by the award of the Victoria Cross. Uniquely, the recommendation for the award came from Captain Heye via the British Red Cross.


Harold Phillips was killed in action on the 8th April 1940, he was just 19 years old.

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