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

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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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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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

1 KNIGHT, D MI

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

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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

1 DAY, J MI

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 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.

WALKER, Matthew S Pte

Posted: 22/08/2015 in WW I ARMY

DEATH CARD F

WALKER, Matthew Septimus, 15413, Private.

S Staffs

7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born on the 6th February 1890 at Hill Top, West Bromwich, Staffs, the third of the fifteen sons of James Edward and Ann Walker (Nee Evans).

Matthew married Florence Payne towards the end of 1913

He enlisted at Wednesbury and following training he was posted to Gallipoli, he landed there on the 21st July 1915.

He was killed in action on the 22nd August 1915.

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

1 WALKER, M S MI

Matthew (Septimus) was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal.

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In most records he uses his middle name, Septimus.

At the time of the 1911 census he is living at 29, Leabrook Rd, Wednesbury.

James Walker. H (55)

Ann Walker. W (44)

Septimus Walker. S (21) Labourer in Iron works.

Edwin Walker. S (19)

Robert Walker. S (17)

Enoch Walker. S (15)

George Walker. S (11)

David Walker. S (9)

William Walker. S (7)

Annie Walker. D (2)

Matthew and Florence had 2(?) children.

I have not yet discovered what his Darlaston connection is.

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WINFIELD, William, 12945, Private.

S Staffs

7th (Service) Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment.

Born in 1880 in Shifnal, Shropshire, the son of Samuel and Mary Ann Winfield

He enlisted in Wolverhampton and joined the South Staffs Regiment.

He arrived in the Balkans on the 21st July and was killed in action in Gallipoli on the 22nd of August 1915.

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

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From his Medal Index Card (National Archives) we see that

1 WINFIELD, W M I

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

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In the 1901 census his mother is widowed and they are living in Foster St.

By the 1911 census he is 31 years old, single, still living with his widowed mother though in a different house, Ct1, Hse 1, Foster St, Darlaston.

Mary Ann Winfield. H (56)

Samuel Winfield. S (32)

William Winfield. S (31) Labourer in stone crushing works.

John Winfield. S (24)

Leonard Winfield. S (19)

FORD, Benjamin. L/Cpl.

Posted: 18/08/2015 in WW I ARMY

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FORD, Benjamin, 10374, Lance Corporal.

S Staffs

7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born at Tipton in 1892 the son of Samuel and Mary Ford.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton

He was killed in action at Gallipoli on the 18th August 1915.

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

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From his Medal Index Card (National Archives)

1 FORD, Benj M I

we see that Benjamin was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal.

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At the time of the 1901 census the family were at 44 The Green, Darlaston.

Samuel Ford. H (32)

Mary Ford. W (29)

Benjamin Ford. S (8)

John Ford. S (6)

Nancy Ford. S (4)

William Ford. S (2)

Martha Ford. D (2m)

His family were at the same address at the 1911 census but Benjamin was living with his maternal Grandparents at 8, Richards St, Darlaston.

Edward Howl Butler. H (61)

Martha Butler. W (58)

Samuel John Butler. S (33)

George Butler. S (28)

Martha Thuzia Butler. D (24)

Edward Howl Butler. S (21)

Maggie Dora Butler. D (16)

Benjamin Ford. G Son (18) Blacksmith’s striker in Bolt and Nut works.

His family moved house at some time as on his medal index card his next of kin is Mr S Ford, 22 Rubery, St, Darlaston.

His brothers John and William both joined up, they both survived.

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PARTON, John, 9070, Corporal.

S Staffs

1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in Bradley, Staffs in 1888 the son of John and Harriet Parton.

When he enlisted at Wolverhampton his address was 6, Robert’s Buildings, High St, Moxley. This was still the family home at the time of his death.

His first posting was to France arriving on the 4th January 1915.

He died of Enteric Fever on the 16th August 1915, he was 27 years old.

He was buried in Plot I. C. 9. Etretat Churchyard, France.

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From his Medal Roll Index Card (courtesy of National Archives) we see that

Parton, John

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

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In the 1911 census the family were living at 20, Church St, Moxley, Staffs.

John Parton. H (55)

Harriet Parton. W (45)

John Parton. S (23) Labourer in a Steel works.

Henry Parton. S (20)

William Parton. S (18)

Elizabeth Parton. D (13)

George Parton. S (8)

Sidney Parton. D (5)

Ronald Parton. D (2)

His name is also on both Moxley and Wednesbury War Memorials.

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HOWELLS, Harry, 2437, Sergeant.

S Staffs

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

He was born at Darlaston in 1884 the son of Kossuth and Rosetta Ann Howell, (nee Cooper).

Harry married Mercy Powell on the 9th February 1908.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton when his address was 9, Bell St, Darlaston.

He was posted to France on the 5th March 1915.

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

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

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From the Medal Roll Index Card (National Archives) we see that

1 HOWELLS, H MI

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

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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.

CONWAY, Peter, Pte.

Posted: 25/07/2015 in WW I ARMY

DEATH CARD F

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.

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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

“BELIEVED TO BE BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY”.

 

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

 

REST IN PEACE.

 

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

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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.