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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. 2 Pullar, A V graveheverlee


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.


Posted: 28/04/2015 in Darlaston


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.


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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.



COOPER, Alfred, 12739, Private.

S Staffs

2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in 1882 at Darlaston the son of Thomas and Emma Cooper.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton and was first posted to France on the 8th February 1915.

He was killed in action on the 10th March 1915 aged 33.

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

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

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At the time of the 1911 census Thomas and three of his children are living at 18, New St, Darlaston. For some reason Alfred is listed as Frederick. His mother is not listed with them in either the 1901 or 1911 census.

Thomas Cooper. H (70)

Frederick Cooper. S (27) Stamping Puller in Iron works.

Harriet Cooper. D (24)

Samuel Cooper. S (21)

When he died his mother was living at  9, Horton St, Darlaston.

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HAMMOND, Frank, D/KX 91967, Stoker 1st Class.

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He was born in 1915 at Darlaston the son of Thomas and Ruth Hammond.

Frank married Florence Beatrice Johnson in the summer of 1936 at Wednesbury, Staffs.

According to the records he was serving on HMS Tamar*, this was the Royal Navy’s shore base at Hong Kong which was captured when the colony surrendered to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941.

He became a prisoner of war and was held in Shamshuipo Camp, Kowloon. In 1942 it was decided to move the prisoners to camps in Japan. They were ferried out by lighter to the Japanese ship Lisbon Maru and on the 27th September the ship set sail for Japan.


On the 1st October the American submarine USS Grouper sighted a 7,000 ton Japanese steamer and fired 6 torpedoes, 5 missed but one hit the bow of the ship, the ship was the Lisbon Maru with 1,816 British Prisoners of War in its 3 holds.

The ship stayed afloat for about 26 hours with the prisoners locked in the holds without access to food water or latrines. Those that tried to escape were fired on by their captors but as the Lisbon Maru began to sink many did manage to abandon ship. Some were picked up by Japanese naval vessels others made it to some islands a few miles away, where they were quickly rounded up. All of the survivors were taken to Shanghai where, on the 5th October, a roll-call showed that 970 had survived but 846 had perished. Another 200 were to die in the first winter in Japan.

Frank Hammond died on the 2nd October 1942 aged 27.

He has no known Grave and is remembered on Plymouth Naval Memorial, England.



*The old warship that gave its name to the base was scuttled off Hong Kong harbour on the 12th December 1941 when it became clear that the colony would fall.



ALDRITT, William, 37907, Private.

10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment.

He was born in 1893 at Darlaston the son of William and Sarah Alldritt.

William may have been married.

He enlisted on the 17th March 1916 at Lichfield and was posted to France on the 9th July 1916.

He was killed in action on the 11th October 1917 aged 24.

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

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The TYNE COT MEMORIAL now bears the names of 34,949 officers and men whose graves are not known.

William was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

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His address when he enlisted and at the time of his death was the family home at 19, Factory St, Darlaston.

There may be an error on the Memorial as most other records spell the name as Alldritt.

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ALLSOPP, Harry, 11128, Private.

2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born in 1877 at Darlaston the son of Henry and Lucy Allsopp.

Harry married Jane Brough in 1900 at Darlaston.

He enlisted at Wolverhampton.

He was killed in action on the 12th June 1917 aged 40.

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


Harry was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

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The 1911 census finds them living at 39, New St, Bridgetown, Cannock, Staffs.

Harry Allsopp. H (34) Miner Loader.

Jane Allsopp. W (39)

Harry Allan, Nephew, (26)


By the time of his death they were living at Ct2 Hs4, Walsall St, Darlaston.