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Kevin Mears

I am in the process of researching the almost 200 men (and one woman) of the Parish of St. Andrews, Birchills, who died during, or as a result of, their service in the Great War. I have positively identified all but 25 of them. With the board's indulgence I would like to list the names of the 25 here in the hope that someone may be able to assist in positively identifying them.

Pte. Edward J Stone, Lancashire Fusiliers.

Pte. Frank W Haywood, D.C.L.I.

Pte. Jacob T Williams, Gloucestershire Regiment.

Pte. Fred Spencer, Notts. & Derbyshire Regiment.

Pte. Bert Birch, Royal Scots.

Pte. William Morris, K.R.R.C.

Pte. George H Jones, H.L.I.

Pte. John T James, M.G.C.

Pte. George Small, Canadian Forces.

Pte. Walter E Faultless, Canadian Forces.

Pte. Charles Bradley, Labour Corps.

Pte. Alec Tate, Labour Corps.

Gnr. William Small, R.G.A.

Gnr. Harold Fields, R.F.A.

Frederick W Hamer, R.N.

Thomas Boot, Guards.

Harry Till, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

Cpl. Harry Cockayne, South Staffs.

Pte. Henry C Orton, South Staffs.

Pte. Frederick James, South Staffs.

Pte. Thomas Cidlow, South Staffs.

Pte. James Brotherton, South Staffs.

Pte. Samuel Collins, South Staffs.

Pte. Frederick Benton, South Staffs.Pte. Albert T martin, Worcestershire Regiment.

Any help would be most appreciated.

Regards,

Kevin Mears.

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Kevin Mears

Thank you.

The address given is just 100 yards from the Memorial in one direction and I live 100 yards away in the other.

One down, (within 14 minutes) and 24 to go.

Thanks again.

Kevin Mears

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Name: Harry Till Residence: Walsall Death Date: 17 Dec 1917 Death Location: Home Enlistment Location: Brierley Hill, Staffs Rank: Private Regiment: Worcestershire Regiment Battalion: 2/8th Battalion Number: 242223 Type of Casualty: Died of wounds Theatre of War: Home

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RaySearching

Here,s Small George Arthur Small Born Walsall

here

IPT beat me to Faultless

regards Ray

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SMALL, GEORGE ARTHUR

Rank:Private

Service No:457205

Date of Death:16/09/1916

Age:18

Regiment/Service:Canadian Infantry

60th Bn.

Panel Reference

Memorial VIMY MEMORIAL

Additional Information:

Son of Mrs. Emily Small, of 814, Melrose Avenue, Verdun, Montreal, P.Q., and the late James Small.

regards Ray

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Name: Henry Cockayne

Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs

Death Date: 9 Jul 1916

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Walsall

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment

Battalion: 8th Service Battalion

Number: 20610

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

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This man appears on the 1901 census as Thomas, and on the 1911 census as John Thomas, living at 23 Bentley Lane, Walsall;

Name: Thomas James

Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs

Residence: Walsall

Death Date: 5 Dec 1916

Death Location: France & Flanders

EnlistmentLocation: Wolverhampton

Rank: Private

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps

Battalion: (Infantry)

Number: 42585

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Comments: Formerly 16376, S. Staffs Regt.

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Name: Frederick Spencer

Birth Place: Walsall

Residence: Walsall, Staffs

Death Date: 28 Aug 1918

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Darlaston, Staffs

Rank: Private

Regiment: Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Number: 25271

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

regards Ray

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Name: Thomas Gidlow

Birth Place: Birchills, Staffs

Death Date: 16 Sep 1914

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Walsall, Staffs

Rank: Private

Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Number: 8033

Type of Casualty: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

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Name: James Brotherton

Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs

Death Date: 14 Mar 1917

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Walsall

Rank: Private

Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment

Battalion: 1/5th Battalion (Territorial Force)

Number: 201108

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

There are papers for a James Brotherton of 91 Green Lane, Walsall attempting to enlist in the Lancashire Fusiliers (discharged - under-developed) in 1915. I'm guessing this is the same man. He's at No3 Green lane on the 1911 census.

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RaySearching

Thomas Boot

correct name Thomas Boott (also on census as Boott)

Name: Thomas Boott

Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs

Death Date: 28 Oct 1914

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Walsall

Rank: Private

Regiment: Coldstream Guards

Number: 46

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

regards Ray

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Name: Thomas Williams

Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs

Death Date: 18 Nov 1916

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Walsall

Rank: A/Sergeant

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment

Battalion: 8th Service Battalion

Number: 37227

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Comments: Formerly 287, South Staffordshire Regiment.

WILLIAMS, THOMAS

Rank: Serjeant

Service No: 37227

Date of Death: 18/11/1916

Age: 36

Regiment/Service: Gloucestershire Regiment 8th Bn.

Panel Reference Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B.

Memorial THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Additional Information:

Husband of Gertrude Annie Williams, of 2, Birch St., Walsall, Staffs.

Jacob T wiliams married Gertrude Simkiss in Walsall Jun Qtr 1911.

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Name: George Jones Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs Residence: Walsall Death Date: 25 Sep 1915 Death Location: France & Flanders Enlistment Location: Darlaston, Staffs Rank: Private Regiment: Highland Light Infantry Battalion: 10th (Service) Battalion Number: 18249 Type of Casualty: Killed in action Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

JONES, GEORGE HENRY

Rank: Private Service No: 18249 Date of Death: 25/09/1915 Age: 22 Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 10th Bn. Grave Reference G. 24. Cemetery CAMBRIN CHURCHYARD EXTENSION

Additional Information:

Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Henry Jones, of 10, back of 134, Bath St., Walsall.

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Name: William Frank Hayward

Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs

Residence: Walsall

Death Date: 30 Nov 1915

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Darlaston, Staffs

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Number: 18490

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Living at 8 George Street Terrace, Wallsall on the 1911 census

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Name: William Morris

Birth Place: Norton Cannes, Staffs

Residence: Wallsall

Death Date: 1 Jul 1916

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Wolverhampton

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Number: R/10334

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Living at Victoria Cotts, Hednesford Rd, Norton Canes on 1911 census. Married Hilda Upton of 97 Farringdon St walsall in 1914.

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KevinBattle

Hi, Kev, how's the anorak?

You may want to double check if any of these Birchill men are connected with St Andrews Parish, just so no one gets missed

BAGNALL, THOMAS; BAILEY, WILLIAM JAMES; BIRCH, WILLIAM PORTER; CRANAGE, J;

GOLDBY, ISRAEL J. I J; GOODALL, E; GROSVENOR, BURNETT; HILL, CHARLES; HILL, H;

HODSON, ALFRED EDWARD; JENNINGS, WILLIAM HENRY; LEADBETTER, FRANK;

PRICE, JAMES; ROPER, N T; SHAW, H; WILKINSON, GEORGE; and WOOD, CORNELIUS.

If you want the Excel download of the 17 men, let me know your email by PM.

These two are WW2 but shush! don't tell anyone!

READER, WILLIAM FREDERICK Gunner 884055 29/05/1941 21 Royal Artillery United Kingdom Face 2. ATHENS MEMORIAL

WATKINS, ALFRED ERNEST Sergeant 518019 22/01/1944 28 Royal Air Force United Kingdom 1. H. 14. BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY

Could this be your Benton? Don't know if it qualifies as Birchill

Name: BENTON, ALBERT. Rank: Private

Service No: 19875. Date of Death: 14/07/1917. Age: 24

Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment. 9th Bn.

Panel Reference: Panel 35 and 37. Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Additional Information: Son of George Benton, of 47, High St., Cheslyn Hay, Walsall, Staffs.

Name: HAMER, WILLIAM SHADRACH. Rank: Able Seaman

Service No: 215151. Date of Death: 01/11/1914

Regiment/Service: Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Good Hope."

Panel Reference: 2. Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Additional Information: Son of Richard and Eleanor Hamer, of 149, Green Lane, Walsall, Staffs.

Name: JAMES, ANDREW. Rank: Private

Service No: 9303. Date of Death: 25/09/1915. Age: 20

Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment. 1st Bn.

Panel Reference: Panel 73 to 76. Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Margaret James, of 24, Brewer St., Rycroft, Walsall, Staffs.

or

Name: JAMES, H. Rank: Gunner

Service No: 76891. Date of Death: 01/12/1915

Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery. 56th Reserve Bty.

Grave Reference: Screen Wall. 3 Gen. B. 386. Cemetery: GREENWICH CEMETERY

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Margaret James; husband of Catherine James, of 79, Great William O'Brien St., Cork. Born at Walsall, Staffs. (bit vague)

as is

Name: JAMES, HORACE JOHN, Rank: Private

Service No: 8393. Date of Death: 04/08/1916. Age: 27

Regiment/Service: North Staffordshire Regiment. 2nd Bn.

Panel Reference: Memorial: KARACHI 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL

Additional Information: Son of John and Caroline James, of Walsall, W Midlands.

or perhaps

Name: JAMES, THOMAS. Rank: Private

Service No: 42585. Date of Death: 05/12/1916. Age: 19

Regiment/Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). 87th Coy.

Panel Reference: Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C. Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Eliza Ann James, of 23, Bentley Lane, Walsall, Staffs.

Name: MARTIN, FREDERICK. Rank: Private

Service No: 22261. Date of Death: 04/06/1916. Age: 31

Regiment/Service: Worcestershire Regiment. 4th Bn.

Grave Reference: II. C. 13. Cemetery: AUCHONVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY

Additional Information: Son of Samuel and Julia Martin, of Walsall, Staffordshire.

Name: MARTIN, WILLIAM. Rank: Private

Service No: 7936. Date of Death: 29/04/1915. Age: 19

Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment. "A" Coy. 5th Bn.

Grave Reference: I. F. 12. Cemetery: ST. QUENTIN CABARET MILITARY CEMETERY

Additional Information: Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Martin, of 15, Ward St., Walsall, Staffs.

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This is the best I can do for Hamer. He's the only ww1 naval casualty called Hamer, and he's from Walsall. Maybe put him down as a probable for now?

Name: William Shadrach Hamer

Rank: AB

Birth Date: 2 Aug 1884

Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs

Branch of Service: Royal Navy

Cause of Death: Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action

Official Number Port Division: 215151. (Po)

Death Date: 1 Nov 1914

Ship or Unit: HMS Good Hope

Location of Grave: Not recorded

Name and Address of Cemetery: Body Not Recovered For Burial

Relatives Notified and Address: Sister: Mrs Lilian J Hope 13, Lanor Rd, Walsall, Staffs (Manor Rd I think - IPT)

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Kevin Mears

First of all, you guys are absolutely amazing, I'm going to start work on these now. A brief look makes me think that most if not all of them will be right.

Amongst those I have already positively identified there are numerous mistakes, either in how they are recorded on the Memorial and how (or even if) they were recorded by CWGC.

Thanks again for all your help.

Regards,

Kevin Mears.

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No problem, Kevin. We'd only be getting in trouble if we weren't doing this.

I always find the hardest ones are those that are remembered by family members who moved to the area after the war. Also the men who were discharged and died after the cut-off point. Might be worth checking Free BMD for men who aren't commemorated but the locals knew it was the effects of war (especially thise Labour Corps men).

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Kevin Mears

Thanks again to all for your sterling work.Having cross checked your findings with everything I have now leaves the following.......

Pte. Edward J Stone, Lancs Fusiliers.

Pte. Bert Birch, Royal Scots.

Pte. Charles Bradley, Labour Corps.

Pte. Alec Tate, Labour Corps.

Gnr. William Small, R.G.A.

Gnr. Harold Fields, R.F.A.

Pte. Henry C Orton, South Staffs.

Pte Frederick Jones, South Staffs.

Pte. Samuel Collins, South Staffs.

Pte. Frederick Benton, South Staffs.

Pte. Albert T Martin, Worcesters.

Kevin, as you can see my anorak is out for an airing, I'll let you know if I need that spreadsheet.

Thanks again to all for your help.

Regards,

kevin Mears.

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This is the only candidate i've found, but there are no additional details on CWGC

Name: Fred Jones

Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs

Residence: Shelfield, Staffs

Death Date: 28 Apr 1918

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Walsall

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Number: 21304

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

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GraemeClarke

Kevin

Dont quite know how to tell you this but I've spent the last 20 years researching all the Walsall and area rolls of honour, this including St. Andrew's Church, well over 4,000 men. Ive most of the War Diaries and headstone photographs for the men.

I have all the information you want but theres no fun in that, I'm presuming.

I can say you've transcribed a few of the names incorrectly, eg ORTON is UPTON. Also try transposing the initials, that will help you.

If you get really stuck I can help out if you wish.

Regards,

Graeme

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Kevin Mears

What's that saying about wind and sails?

Regards,

kev35

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RaySearching

What's that saying about wind and sails?

Regards,

kev35

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to

change; the realist adjusts the sails.

Adjust the sails and sail on

regards ray

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