Military Personnel

military personnel

This project recognises the sacrifice of all those military personnel who served in The Great War.

We intend to list all who joined up, discover which military arm they served in and search out any references to them in newspapers and documents. It is hoped that descendants of these people will offer more information, photographs, correspondence, copies of medals etc. in order that we can create as complete a picture as possible of each person who served.

The resulting data will be available to the public both on this website and in paper form at Whitchurch Heritage Centre.

The Military Personnel project is being undertaken by Whitchurch Museum and Archive volunteers.


Robert Arrowsmith

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 22 May 1900 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was the tenth of eleven children born to Alfred Arrowsmith, an iron foundry labourer, and his wife Ellen Arrowsmith. He married Dorothy Cooke in 1922 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and …

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John Samuel Arrowsmith

Grenadier Guards

Personal Details Born: 3 February 1895 in Ash, Shropshire. Family: Fifth of eight children born to William Arrowsmith, a timber salesman and his wife, Caroline Ellen. He married Lucy M Cranage in 1922 in Burton, Staffordshire, and together they had …

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Edward Ashley

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 22 September 1877 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Family: He was the second of four children of William Arrowsmith, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary Arrowsmith. He married Julietta Griffiths on 13 April 1901 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and …

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William Philip Bailey

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born:   Not known Family:   Not known Residence:   At the time of the Autumn 1919 Absent Voters List for Whitchurch, Shropshire, William`s address was given as the Old Eagles Inn, (Watergate Street), Whitchurch. Employment:   Not known Died:   Not known

Stanley Barlow

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 26 July 1892 in Bronington, Flintshire, Wales. Family: He was the second of four children born to William Barlow, a house decorator, and his wife Annie Elizabeth Barlow. No marriage can be traced for Stanley. Residence: William …

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Thomas William Batho

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 29 August 1899 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 3 December 1899 in Tilstock, Shropshire. Family: He was the only child born to George Booth Batho, a farmer, and his wife Mary Parsons Batho. He married May Elizabeth …

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Walter Ernest Bebbington

Royal Garrison Artillery

Personal Details Born: 15 July 1885 in Birkenhead, Cheshire and baptised 27 September 1885 in Malpas, Cheshire. Family: He was the second of three children born to Robert Bebbington, a shoemaker, and his wife Annie Bebbington. Walter married Annie Garner …

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Joseph Beckett

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 27 February 1894 in Ash, Shropshire. Family: He was the second of four children born to Robert Beckett, a farm waggoner, and Clara Beckett. The 1939 Register shows Joseph as single, we are unable to find a …

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Charles Alfred Brayn

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born:   31 May 1898 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:   He was the second of seven children born to Thomas Ernest Brayn and his wife Sarah Ann. He married Winifred Thorpe Quarter 2 1919, in Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had one …

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Neville Broadbent

Royal Garrison Artillery

Personal Details Born   Not known Family:   Not known Residence:   At the time of the Spring 1919 Absent Voters list for Whitchurch, Shropshire, Neville`s address was given as 43 Newtown, Whitchurch. Employment:   Not known Died:   Not known Military Details Regiment:   Royal …

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Harold Challinor

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: 25 February 1896 and baptised 20 May 1896 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was the seventh of eight children born to Thomas Challinor, a house painter, and his wife Mary Challinor. Residence: In 1901 the family were …

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Frederick Chidlow

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: April 1897 and baptised 18 April 1897 in Tilstock, Shropshire. Family: He was the eldest son of Frederick Chidlow, a garden labourer, and his wife Elizabeth Chidlow. Frederick married Annie Louise Powell in Market Drayton in 1918 …

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Joseph Davies

Personal Details Born:   Around 1892 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 8 February 1892 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch. Family:   He was the youngest of 8 children born to Joseph Davies and his wife Elizabeth. No definite marriage can be …

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Ernest Drury

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born:   Ernest and his twin brother, Frederick, were born 26 August 1886 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and baptised at St. Paul`s Parish Church, Burton upon Trent on 10 October 1886. Family:  He was one of three children …

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William John Dodsforth

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born:   12 October 1888 in Myddle, near Ellesmere, Shropshire and baptised at Myddle Parish Church on 4 November 1888. Family:   He was the eldest of three children born to William Dodsforth, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Fanny, …

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Fred Dulson

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:   25 April 1892 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:   He was the sixth of nine children born to George Dulson, a paviour, and his wife Elizabeth. He married Rosanna B. Grice Quarter 4 1936 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had …

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Frederick John Davies

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born:   Not known Family:   Not known Residence:   The 1919 Spring Absent Voters’ List for Whitchurch gave Frederick`s address as 18 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch. Employment:   Not known Died:   Not known Military Details Regiment:   Royal Field Artillery Rank:   Staff Sergeant, …

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Frederick Croxon

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: Last quarter of 1882 in Whitchurch. Surname also spelt Croxson and Croxton in records. Family: Third of four surviving children born to Samuel and Betsy Croxson. Up until 1919 Frederick was single. Residence: According to baptism records …

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Harold Patrick Daly

Personal Details Born:   27 February 1894 in Woodville, Derbyshire. Family:   He was the fourth of five children born to John Thomas Daly, an Inland Revenue Officer, and his wife Matilda, nee Ward. He married Evelyn Marjorie Lockhart Quarter 3 1927 …

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Herbert John Davies

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born:   Quarter 1 1884 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 6 February 1884 at St. Alkmund`s Church, Whitchurch. Family:   He was the fourth of five children born to John Davies , a gardener, and his wife Hannah. He …

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Enoch Day

Personal Details Born:   Quarter 4 1888 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church on 14 December 1888. Family:  He was the eighth of nine children born to Enoch Day, a shoe maker, and his wife Mary, nee …

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Alfred George Dodd

Lancashire Fusiliers

Personal Details Born:   Alfred was born Quarter 4 1882, Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 6 November 1882 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch. Family:   He was the first of six children born to John Dodd, a bricklayer, and his wife Anne. …

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Clement Dodd

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  In 1896 in Bradley, Cheshire. Family:   He was the youngest of three sons born to Thomas Dodd, a waggoner, and his wife Ann. His brothers were William and Harry. No marriage can be found for him. Residence: …

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John Davies

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born:   11 October 1869 at Wattlesborough Heath, Westbury, Shropshire. Family:   He was the first of 3 children born to Henry Davies, a carpenter and joiner, and his wife Margaret, nee Powell. His siblings were Margaret and Mary. No …

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James Boyle

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  In 1891 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was one of nine children born to Patrick Boyle, a labourer in an iron foundry, and his wife Margaret (nee O`Neill). His father died in about 1897. By the time …

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Charles Boynton

Royal Garrison Artillery

Personal Details Born:  1 April 1880 in Upper Whitley, Huddersfield, Yorkshire and baptised on 1 May 1880 at St. John the Evangelist Parish Church, Lepton, Yorkshire. Family:  He was the second of three children born to James Boynton, a coachman, …

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Percival Branford

Personal Details Born:   25 September 1881 in Ironbridge, Shropshire and baptised on 9 November 1881 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Madeley Wood, Shropshire. Family: He was the seventh of nine children born to John Branford, a painter and glazier, and …

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Wilfred Brayn

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: Wilfred`s birth was registered Quarter 2 1896 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. However on the 1939 Register his date of birth is 25 April 1895. Family: He was the eldest of seven children born to Thomas Ernest Brayn, an …

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George Briggs

Personal Details Born:  9 May 1893 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 25 June 1893 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Whitchurch. Family:  He was one of five children born to John Briggs, a boot maker, and his wife Sarah Grace …

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Francis Joseph Birch

Canadian Army Medical Corps

Personal Details Born: 13 October 1889 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the youngest child born to Richard Birch, an ironfoundry salesman, and his wife Emily (nee Willett). His siblings were Emily and Richard. Francis married Ada M. Heatley Quarter …

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Sidney Bristow

Personal Details Born:  Quarter 3 1879 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the fifth of seven children born to George Bristow, a tailor, and his wife Eleanor (nee Davies). His siblings were Thomas, George, Ernest, Clement, Florence and Mabel. Residence: …

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Edwin Charles Burge

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born:  26 March 1885 in Bath, Somerset and baptised 10 May 1885 at Bathwick St Mary Church, Bath, Somerset. Family:  He was the eldest of six children born to Charles Robert Burge, a licenced victualler, and his wife …

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Eric Ralph Burgess

East Lancashire Regiment

Personal Details Born:  19 October 1899 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the youngest of five children born to Ralph Wright Burgess, a cheese factor, and his wife Margaret Jane (nee Thursfield). Eric married Ethel Harriet Rodger on 5 June …

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Norman Platt Burgess

Royal Army Medical Corps

Personal Details Born:  18 March 1891 in Newington, London and baptised 27 September 1891 at St. Mary`s Parish Church, Newington, Southwark. Family:  He was eldest of 3 children born to Ralph Henry Burgess, a silk mercer and tailor, and his …

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Arthur Brown

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born:  24 April 1887 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 13 May 1887 in St. Alkmund`s Parish Church. Family:   He was the second of seven children born to James Brown, a labourer in an iron-foundry, and his wife Anne. …

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Arthur Brough

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born:  22 July 1896 Family:  Arthur married Gladys Theodora Clutton Quarter 4 1923 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had one son, Gerald William, born 1932 in Hendon, Middlesex. Residence:  At the time of the 1919 Autumn Absent Voter List …

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John Chidlow

Personal Details Born: 13 April 1886 Family: Only son of the six children born to John & Sarah Chidlow. In 1911 John married Lillie J Wilkinson at Whitchurch. Together they had five children Muriel L, Olive J, Beatrice M, John …

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Robert Henry Clarke

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:   15 September 1890 Family: Robert Henry was the second of seven children born to Annie Clarke.  George was possibly the only legitimate child of Annie and Robert Clarke. In 1919 he married Annie Bleasedale (nee Moores), …

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Thomas Edwin Cliff

Lancashire Fusiliers

Personal Details Born: 29 September 1899 Family: Second of six surviving children born to George and Fanny Cliff. Towards the end of 1931 Thomas married Elsie Williams in Ellesmere, Shropshire. Together they had one child, born in 1940; Thomas G. …

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Arthur Balfour Chubb

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: February 1889 in Whitchurch and baptised on 29 March the same year. Family: Sixth of eleven children born to Thomas T and Eliza Chubb. Arthur does not appear to have married. Residence: According to the census returns …

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Colin Blake Clay

Army Veterinary Corps

Personal Details Born: Baptised 20 November 1887 at Prees, Shropshire. Family: Sixth of eleven children born to Thomas and Mary Clay. In early 1914 Colin married Selina Mulliner in Whitchurch and together they had two children, Brian and Joan. Residence: …

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John Butler Cooke

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 20 March 1883 in Ellesmere, Shropshire. Family: Eldest of four children born to Isaac and Harriet Cooke. In August 1915 he married Harriet Groom in Malpas, Cheshire; she had previously been his assistant in the draper’s shop. …

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Archibald Alexander Josiah Crosse

Royal Garrison Artillery

Personal Details Born: 14 May 1885 and baptised at Wesleyan Methodist Church, Whitchurch on 7 June. Family: Fifth of seven children born to Josiah Rowlands and Ann Lydia Crosse. In 1912 Archibald married Florence E Jackson in Walsall and they …

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George John Carter

Personal Details Born:  In 1883 in Hopesay, Shropshire. Family:  Eldest of three children of Thomas and Elizabeth Carter. Married Alice Jane Morgan in Ludlow, Shropshire in 1910 and together they had one child, Ethel M. Residence:  In 1891 George lived …

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John Dennis Barnett

Personal Details Born:  26 August 1898. Family: He was the second of three children born to James Barnett, a draper`s assistant, and his wife, Ann (nee Littler). On the Admissions Register for Whitchurch Grammar School in 1912, John`s father was …

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George Frederick Barron

Personal Details Born: 24 August 1892 and baptised on 16 October 1892 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire          Family:  He was one of  five children born to George Barron, a coach builder, and his wife …

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George Basford

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born:  7 May 1890 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was the second of seven children born to Joseph Basford, a bricklayer, and his wife Mary (nee Fowles). George married Ada Edwards in 1925 and together they had one …

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Stephen Batho

Lancashire Fusiliers

Personal Details Born: 22 July 1886 at Alkington, Shropshire and baptised on 1 September 1886 at the United Reformed Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was the only child of Stephen Batho, a farmer, and his wife Elizabeth (Betsy), nee Davenport. His …

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Frederick Arthur Baxter

Personal Details Born:  Frederick`s birth was registered in the second quarter of 1879 and he was baptised on May 14th in that year at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was the son of William Thomas Baxter, a …

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Joseph Bebbington

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  In 1864 and baptised on 5 June 1864 at St Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the eldest of 6 children born to William Bebbington, a gentleman`s servant and later a licensed victualler, and his …

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Ronald James Stewart Beddoe

Royal Garrison Artillery

Personal Details Born:   In Stroud Green, Hornsey, London in 1885. Family:  He was the first of 5 children born to Robert Jones Beddoe, a mechanical engineer, and his wife Minnie (nee Hatfield). His siblings were Helen, Edith, Hubert and Arthur. In …

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Thomas Conway Beech

Highland Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  5 November 1890 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and was baptised in St Alkmund`s Church on 4 March 1891. Family:   He was the sixth of eight children born to John Beech, a railway signalman, and his wife Hannah, nee …

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Horace James Beesley

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  13th July 1891 in Stoke Newington, Middlesex,  but not baptised until 1st April 1906 in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Family: He was the eldest of 3 children born to James Charles Beesley and his wife Sophia Honor (nee Runnicus). …

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Charles Herbert Bennion

Royal Garrison Artillery

Personal Details Born:  1883 and baptised 23rd May 1883 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the youngest of ten children born to Harry Bennion, a grocer, and his wife Margaret Ellen (nee Baker). He married Annie Stockton Quarter 3 1918 …

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Francis Robert Bennion

Personal Details Born:  16 August 1897 and baptised on 15 September 1897 in the Primitive Methodists’ Chapel, Idle, Yorkshire. Family:  He was the youngest of five children born to William Bennion, a Primitive Methodist Minister, and his wife Kate (nee …

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Walter James Bennion

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born:  29 May 1891 in Weobley, Herefordshire. Family:  He was the second of five children born to William Bennion, a Primitive Methodist Minister, and his wife Kate (nee Gwillim). He had an older sister, Kathleen, and a younger …

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Wilfred Bennion

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born:   29th April 1893 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 24th May 1893 at St. Alkmund`s  Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the eldest of 9 children born to Robert Bennion, a labourer, and his wife …

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Albert Edward Blencowe

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  12 June 1893 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the second son of Charles Leonard Blencowe, a baker, and his wife Margaret Winifred, nee O’Hara. His siblings were William, Catherine, Charles, Frank, Percy, George and Harry. He …

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George Clarke

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born: 5 July 1895  and baptised with his sister Gladys in August that year at St Alkmund’s Church in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: Third of seven children born to Annie Clarke. George’s father was probably Robert Clarke (from the …

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George Blencowe

Personal Details Born:  5 December 1897 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the sixth son of Charles Leonard Blencowe, a baker, and his wife Margaret Winifred, nee O’Hara. His siblings were William, Catherine, Albert, Charles, Frank, Percy and Harry. He …

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William Blencowe

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born:  29 May 1891 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the eldest child of Charles Leonard Blencowe, a baker, and his wife Margaret Winifred, nee O’Hara. His siblings were Catherine, Albert, Charles, Frank, Percy, George and Harry. William …

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John Thomas Boaz

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: John was born in Nantwich, Cheshire on the 8 February 1884, but not baptised until the 3 February 1893 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was one of  eight children born to Samuel Boaz, …

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Samuel Boaz

Royal Fusiliers

Personal Details Born:  9 March 1896 at Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 1 April 1896 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:   He was the youngest of three children born to Samuel Boaz, a canal boatman, and …

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Randle Barlow

Personal Details Born:  Randle’s birth was registered in Q4 1882 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. He was baptised as Randolph Barlow on 4 February 1883 at St. Michael’s Parish Church, Marbury, Cheshire. Family:  He was the third of five children born to …

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Henry Arrowsmith

King's Liverpool Regiment

Personal Details Born: George Henry in 1871 in either Ash or Ightfield, Shropshire. He was always known as Henry. Family: The last of seven children born to Samuel and Annie Arrowsmith. Samuel died in 1876 and Annie remarried in 1880 …

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George Thomas

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: 3 March 1876. Family: The first child of Morris and Fanny Thomas of 13 Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. He married Bertha Penn on 31 July 1915 and together they had 2 children – Brian and Wilfred. Employment: At the age of …

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Charles Ackerley

Personal Details Born: 3 January 1887 and baptised at Whitchurch Wesleyan chapel on 7 March. Family:  Eldest child of John and Emma Ackerley. Brother of Sarah Ann and Ellen. In 1915 Charles married Mabel Penlington at Whitchurch, Shropshire and together …

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Frederick George Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Baptised 20 January 1886 Family: Eldest son and second of six children born to John and Charlotte Ankers. In 1919 he married May Williamson at Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had two children, Frederick G and Elizabeth …

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James Arrowsmith

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born: 30 September 1885 Family: Eldest of five children born to William and Caroline Arrowsmith. In 1952 he married Emily Eliza Dunn. The 1939 Register identified his wife as Edith D Arrowsmith which suggests he may have been …

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Alfred Callcott

Personal Details Born:  Baptised at Whixall Chapel on 10 March 1877 Family: Son of  Anne Callcott and grandson of Robert and Mary Callcott. In 1900 Alfred married Mary Jane Mellors. The 1911 census indicates that they had 4 children still …

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Frank Cartwright

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born:  18 May 1900 Family: Fifth of eight children born to Edward and Elizabeth Cartwright. He married Minnie Dulson in 1923 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Together they had two daughters, Doris and Eveleen. Residence: At the time of his …

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Arthur Chidlow

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 1880 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: Son of Charlotte Chidlow. Married Clara Crewe in 1903 at Whitchurch and together they appeared to have had two children, one a daughter named Maggie; Maggie was probably Lily Margaret. Residence: In …

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Ernest Leslie Bacon

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born:  28th August 1881 in Blofield, Norfolk and baptised on the 25 September at St. Andrew’s Church, Thorpe St. Andrew, Norfolk. Family:  He was the son of James Ernest Bacon, a bank cashier, and his wife Money Ellen …

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Harry Badrock

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  Harry was born on 11 February 1889. Family:  He was the son of Charles Badrock, a jobbing gardener, and his wife Ellen. He had one sister, Martha. He married Emily Walmsley on the 17 February 1913 in …

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George Thomas Bailey

Personal Details Born:  30 November 1892 at Bunbury, Cheshire. Family:  He was one of five children born to Thomas Bailey, a canal inspector, and his wife Elizabeth (nee Venables). George does not appear to have married. Residence:  In 1901 the …

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Henry Wycherley Bamforth

Personal Details Born: 13 April 1876 and baptised in St Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire on 7 May 1876. Family: Harry was the eldest of 5 children born to Edmund Bamforth, a platform inspector,  and his wife, Hannah Frances. He …

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John Ernest Challinor

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: Baptised 13 Oct 1886 at St Alkmunds Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. His surname was sometimes spelt Challenor. Family: Eldest of the seven children of John and Jane Challinor. In 1919 John married Florence Windsor in Whitchurch, Shropshire and …

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Charles Alfred Cheshire

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: Born 4 May and baptised 14 June 1877 at St Alkmund’s Church in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: Fifth of ten children born to Alfred and Emma Cheshire. Married Mary Ann Jones in 1898 at Hengoed, Oswestry, Shropshire. Together …

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Samuel Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Baptised 17th July 1889 Family:  Son of John and Charlotte. In late 1911 he married Edith Starkey at Whitchurch, Shropshire. Together they had seven children, Lucy E, Phyllis M, Ivy E, Elsie A, Hilda N, Gladys M, …

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Herbert Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: January 12th 1893 and baptised at St Alkmund’s parish church a month later. Family: The fifth of six children born to of John and Charlotte Ankers of Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1920 he married Annie E. Reynolds …

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Ernest Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 13th March 1887 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 28th September the same year at St Alkmund’s parish church. Family: Third of six children born to John Thomas and Charlotte A. Ankers of 6 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. …

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Henry Edward Caulfield

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 12 June 1875 in Stockport, Lancashire Family:  Second of eight children born to Edward and Annie. He married Margaret Crewe on 12 December 1900 at Leigh in Lancashire. Together they had 6 children Harry, John Norville, Charles, …

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John Casewell

Royal Garrison Artillery

Personal Details Born: Born 30 March 1891 and baptised 7 June 1891. Also recorded with surname Caswell. Family: Eldest of six children born to John and Jane Caswell. In November 1912 he married Beatrice Speake in Whitchurch, Shropshire and during …

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Ernest Richard Caswell

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 1895 and baptised 6th October 1895. Also recorded with surname Casewell. Family: Next to youngest of six children born to John and Jane. In 1921 he married Daisy Smith at Whitchurch, Shropshire. Together they had two sons …

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Andrew Thomas Casey

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 29th January 1885 Family: Andrew was the sixth of eight children born to Thomas and Elizabeth. He married Clara Snape on 29 April 1913 in Market Drayton. They had one child Albert B born in 1914. Residence: …

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Thomas Barnett Cartwright

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 15th March 1894 and baptised 1st April 1894. Family: Son of Thomas George and Mary Ann, brother of Ethel. Married Annie Nevitt in 1921 at Whitchurch, Shropshire. Together they had two children, Thomas W and Henry J. …

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Philip Capper

Personal Details Born:  Born 1 July 1898 (Baptised on 4 March 1899) Family: Sixth of eight children born to Joseph and Hannah. Philip married Mary Jones in 1923 at Conway, Caernarvonshire, Wales and together had 3 children – Emrys, Barbara …

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Samuel James Caloe

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Born 1883 in Liverpool Family: Fourth child of eight born to Thomas and Mary Caloe. He married Edith Wilkinson in 1915 at Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had two children May E and Samuel P. Residence: In 1891 and 1901 …

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Frank Edmund Kelly

Personal Details Born: 2 March 1889. Family: Son of Robert Edmund and Sarah Kelly of Church Street, Ightfield, Shropshire. On the 18 August 1923 he married Ellen Annie Comer. Employment: He was a painter prior to joining the Navy in 1907. Residence: After the …

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Frank Williams

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Born in Bettisfield, Flintshire, Wales on 27 April 1895.  Family: The son of Charles and Fanny Williams of Moss Farm, Bronington, Flintshire, Wales. He married Vera Aspa Coates in 1920. Civilian Occupation: He worked in a brickyard when he enlisted; …

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Frederick William Williams

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 17 June 1897. Family: The third son of James and Mary Elizabeth Williams of 5 Railway Inn Yard, Station Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. On the 17 December 1921 he married Elizabeth Clewlow and was father to Frederick, Vera and Derek …

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John Albert Wood

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born: In Ellesmere, Shropshire on 24 July 1894.  Family: The fifth child of James Albert and Sarah Jane Wood of Lock House, Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1920 he married Millicent A Boughey and together they had 3 children – George A …

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Frederick John Woollam

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: January 1888. Family: The second son of John and Mary Woollam of 32 Westleigh House, Talbot Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In December 1912 he married Sara Emma Mary Eaglesfield at West Bromwich and together they had one child, Eric. Civilian …

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Samuel Woollam

Personal Details Born: 24th May 1883. Family: The seventh child of John and Elizabeth Woollam of Chemistry, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Samuel married Mary Morris in 1903 and was father to William, John, Phyllis, Solomon, Samuel and Clifford. Civilian Occupation: He was a plasterer by …

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George Gilbert Wyatt

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: 12 August 1895. Family: The sixth child of William and Marion Wyatt of 19 Heath Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1924 he married Agnes Darlington and together they had 2 children – Roland D and Marion E. Residence: In 1939 the …

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John Reginald Welch

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: Born in Newton by Chester on 16 September 1893. Family: The second son of William and Margaret Welch of 12 Chemistry Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. On the 10 April 1915 he married Margaret Ann Jones and was father to Cecil, Violet, …

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Frank Williams

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 12 May 1891. Family: The first child of Thomas and Martha Williams of 122 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. He married Beatrice E James on the 2 October 1918 who was living at 126 Shawbury Road, Shawbury, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 he …

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George Wilkinson

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: In January 1897. Family: The fifth child of George and Henrietta Wilkinson of 28 High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. George’s RAF service record shows his mother (now widowed) living at 5 Talbot Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Occupation: George was an engineer prior …

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John Wharton

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 27 August 1897. Family: The third child of George and Alice Wharton of 9 Hollins Lane, Tilstock, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: He was employed as a farm labourer prior to the war. Died:  Date of death is unknown. Military Details Regiment: Royal …

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Oliver Welch

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: 23 November 1888. Family: The third child of Thomas and Sarah Welch of House Farm Yard, Cholmondeley Woods, Cholmondeley, Cheshire. He married Gladys E Tarrant in 1919 and was father to Reece W and Vanda M (shown as Pamela M …

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Samuel Webster

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 15 March 1898. Family: The first child of Samuel and Mary Webster of 15 Barlows Yard, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: He was working at cable makers British Insulated Cables Ltd Norfolk prior to enlisting. Residence: He lived at 5 Castle Hill, …

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Arthur Malcolm Venables

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 19 October 1897. Family: The fifth child of Samuel Hughes and Sarah Jane Venables of Glendale House, 34 Talbot Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Brother of Harry Venables who died of illness 15 November 1918 and is commemorated on the Whitchurch …

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John Frederick Vaughan

King's Liverpool Regiment

Personal Details Born: In June 1893. Family: The fourth son of John William and Martha Ann Vaughan of 7 Hollins Lane, Tilstock, Whitchurch, Shropshire. He married Edna May Aimson in 1926 and was father to George. Residence: He was a farm labourer. Died: He died …

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Philip Henry Thomas

Personal Details Born: 10 August 1888. Family: The son of Joseph and Selina Thomas of The Oaklands, Wrenbury, Cheshire. In 1925 Philip married Ida E Yoxall and together they had one child, Joseph. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 he was employed as a bank …

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Arthur Leonard Thomas

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: 4 December 1882. Family: He was the second son of Peter and Eleanor Thomas of 11 Watergate Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. On 1 September he married Myra Williams Butterworth of Rochdale, Lancashire who died on 10 November 1918. Arthur and Myra had …

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Frank Tew

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: In April 1880. Family: He was the seventh child of John and Sarah Tew of Old Workhouse, Burleydam, Cheshire. He married Bertha Walker Hartwig on the 26 December 1910 and was father to Jack and Margaret. Civilian Occupation: He was working …

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Ernest Taylor

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 29 August 1893. Family: He was the fourth child of Herbert and Jane Taylor of 10 Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Brother of George Harold Taylor. In 1939 he was married to Helen. Civilian Occupation: He was employed as boot maker/repairer. …

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Cyril Taylor

Personal Details Born: In Stroud, Gloucestershire in 1897. Family: He was the first child of Archibald and Annie Taylor of 21 St Mary’s Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Died: Date of death unknown. Other Information: His full name is Archibald John Cyril Taylor.  

Charles Henry Stanley

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 4 July 1895 Family: The first child of Henry and Georgina Stanley of 152 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Charles married Gladys M Adams in 1921 and together they had one child – Henry R. Civilian Occupation: After school he joined the …

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Arthur Sparkes

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 22 February 1898. Family: The first child of Edwin and Harriet Sparkes of 6 Alkington Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Arthur married Sarah O’Boyle in 1924. Civilian Occupation: He was employed as a groom prior to the war. In 1939 he was a …

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Robert Slawson

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 17 October 1880 Family: The third son of Thomas and Emma Slawson of Bevan’s Yard, Yardington, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1905 Robert married Annie Elizabeth Killigrew and together they had 3 children – William, Robert Samuel and Ruby. Civilian Occupation: He left school …

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Joseph Henry Smith

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 1884 Family: The third child of Joseph and Emma Smith of Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Joseph married Martha Jane Wainwright in 1903 and together they had 6 children – Martha, Annie, Joseph, Emma, Mary and Thomas. Civilian Occupation: He was a …

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Harry Rowlands

Personal Details Born: 11 July 1887 Family: The second child, of twelve, of Richard and Annie Rowlands of Hollins Lane, Tilstock, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Harry married Emma Edwards in June 1917 and together they had 3 children – Joseph E, Harry and Ruth. Residence: The …

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Arthur Roles

Cheshire Regiment

Personal Details Born: 17 July 1887 (baptised 3 August 1887). Family: The third child of Peter and Jane Roles of Castle Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: He was a bricklayer’s labourer when he joined the Army on 22 February 1904 and became a …

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Edward Rodgers

Royal Horse Artillery

Personal Details Born: 17 March 1897. Family: The second child of Edward and Emily Rodgers of 10 New St, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Edward married Gwendoline Annie Porter on the 3 January 1916 and our research suggests that together they had 7 children – Ailsa …

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Herbert Roberts

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 3 November 1887. Family: The fifth child of George and Elizabeth Roberts of 20 Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Herbert married Ethel Brereton in 1920. Civilian Occupation: He was employed as a postman and appears to have also had a part time …

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William Ridgway

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 1893. Family: William was brought up by the Gilbert family of Prees, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: He was a farm labourer. Died: His date of death is unknown. Other Information: His next of kin was his brother John.   Military Details Regiment: …

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Arthur Henry Reid

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 24 September 1887 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: The fifth son of Henry and Elsie Reid of Park Street, Wellington, Shropshire. Arthur married Dora Sylvia Mary Meaton in 1915 and together they had 2 children – Doreen and Sheila. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 he …

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John Charles Ralphs

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born: 26 March 1897. Family: The first son of Arthur and Eliza Ralphs of 2 Edgeley Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Nellie Brassey in 1924; our research suggests they had a child together – John A. Civilian Occupation: By the age of …

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Thomas Pritchard

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: September 1872. Family: The third child of William and Martha Pritchard of Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Thomas married Sarah Crump on the 16 September 1894 and together they had 9 children – Lizzie, William, Herbert, Ethel, Nellie, Clara Annie, Ernest, Alice …

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Harry Prince

Personal Details Born: 1885. Family: The first child of Henry and Annie Prince of St John’s Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Harry married Annie Furber in 1915; our research suggests they had one child, Ethel. Occupation: He declared his occupation as labourer on enlisting in the …

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John Powell

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: 19 April 1893. Family: The third son of Benjamin Blythe & Martha Powell of 23 Egerton Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Nellie Evelyn Baker in 1920 and together they had 2 children – Dorothy and George. Residence: In 1911 he had …

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Charles Harold Porter

Grenadier Guards

Personal Details Born: 31 January 1897. Family: The third son of George Alfred and Margaret Ann Porter of 4 Egerton Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Charles married Lizzie Eddies in 1924. Civilian Occupation: Prior to enlisting he was employed as a labourer; in 1939 he was a …

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Sydney Phillips

Personal Details Born: 9 January 1888. Family: The first child of George and Mary Phillips of Field House, Wigland, Cheshire. Civilian Occupation: Domestic gardener Residence: In 1939 he lived at The Bothy, Blithfield Gardens, Rugeley, Staffordshire. Died: On 28 January 1956 aged 68.   Other …

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John Robert Pennell

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: 24 August 1893. Family: The third child of John and Frances Pennell of Lock House, Canal, Marbury, Whitchurch, Cheshire. John married Gertrude Allman in December 1920 and our research suggests they had 2 children together – John and Robert. Civilian …

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Herbert Parry

Personal Details Born: 7 June 1893. Family: The third child of George and Mary Parry of School Lane, Bronington, Flintshire. Herbert married Ethel M Williams in 1929. Civilian Occupation: He was a farm labourer and general farm worker. Residence: In 1939, Herbert was living at …

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Thomas Henry Paddington

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 1 February 1895. Family: The third child of Harry and Mary Jane Paddington of 59 Green End, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Thomas married Eva M Austin in 1919 and our research suggests they had 6 children together – Bernard C, John, Leslie T, …

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John Thomas Owen

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 4 December 1894. Family: The only son of Thomas Daniel and Martha Owen of 9 Egerton Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Margaret A Gibbons in 1926 and our research suggests they had a daughter, Margaret A. Civilian Occupation: He was employed …

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Bernard O’Hara

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: 1878. Family: The eighth child of William and Bridget O’Hara of Venables Yard, High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Bernard married Evelyn D’Souza on 29 October 1908 in Madras, India whilst he was serving there. Civilian Occupation: He was a labourer when he …

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Ernest Edward Nye

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: 7 April 1882 Family: The third child of John Henry & Eliza Nye of Bargates, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Ernest married Elizabeth Cairns on the 9 July 1905 and together they had 4 children – Ernest Edward, Beatrice, Elizabeth & Arthur William. Residence: …

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Joseph Lewis Wynne

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 9 June 1898. Family: The first child of Joseph and Penelope Wynne of 30 Worthington Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. He married Clara Housley in 1922 and together they had 2 children – Freda M and Marjorie J. Residence: In 1922 he lived …

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Alfred James Woolley

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 28 February 1891. Family: The first son of James and Martha Woolley of High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire. On 14 January 1914 he married Annie Ryder and was father to Peter. Residence: In 1911 he was living at 65 Price Street, …

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Sidney Murden

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 5 February 1896 in Finsbury, Middlesex. Family: The second son of Alfred and Annie Mary Murden. Alfred died in 1899 and Annie went on to marry William Sands and moved to Steel Heath, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1920 Sidney married …

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Harry Morris

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: September 1892 Children: The second child of Harry and Jane Morris of 13 Newtown Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 Harry was working as a farm labourer in Tybroughton, Flintshire, Wales. Died: Date unknown     Military Details Regiment: Royal …

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George Henry Millington

Personal Details Born: 15 January 1895. Family: The first son of George and Annie Millington of The Glebe, Darliston, Prees, Shropshire. George married Margaret E Drysdale in 1925 and together they had 2 children – Joan and George H. Civilian Occupation: On leaving school …

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Percy George Mellor

Personal Details Born: 13 January 1894 Family: The sixth child of Thomas and Mary Mellor of Prees Wood, Prees, Shropshire. In 1913 he married Frances Annie Jones and was father to George, Leslie, Edith Lillian and Frederick Arthur. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 …

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James Madeley

Personal Details Born: 1886. Family: The second son of James and Mary Madeley. James was married to Nellie and together they had 3 children – Jack, Hilda and William. Civilian Occupation: He was a labourer. Residence: At the time of enlisting, he lived at …

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William Lister

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born: 21 August 1898. Family: The third son of William and Annie Lister of Steele Heath, Prees, Whitchurch, Shropshire. William married Mary Ellen Herriman in 1920 and together they had 3 children – Joseph W, Edna M and Percy A. Civilian …

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Frank Lewis

Personal Details Born: 29 November 1898. Family: The second son of Samuel and Jane Lewis of The Bell Inn, Tushingham, Cheshire. Civilian Occupation: He was a gardener. Residence: In 1939 he was living in a bungalow near Pearl Farm, Tushingham, Cheshire …

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Alfred Pyne Ledsham

Royal Army Medical Corps

Personal Details Born: 11 September 1887 Family: The third child of William and Amelia Ledsham of 17 Green End, Whitchurch, Shropshire. On the 14 April 1914 he married Sarah Elizabeth Fleck Saint who died in 1924. Our research suggests that they may have …

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Alfred Edwin Robert Large

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 8 January 1889 Family: The second child of Robert and Mary Jane Large of Tushingham House, Tushingham, Cheshire. In 1916 Alfred married Nellie Steventon; our research suggests they had one daughter together – Dorothy M. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 he was …

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Peter Cecil Kelly

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 27 March 1892 Family: The second son of Robert Matthews and Kittie Kelly of Church Street, Ightfield, Shropshire. On the 24 July 1918 Peter married Rose Morris and together they had a son, Cecil. Civilian Occupation: On leaving school he became …

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William Henry Jukes

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 20 September 1892 Family: The first child of George and Florence Mary Jukes of 30 Egerton Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. William married Edith June Bartlett in June 1927. Civilian Occupation: When he enlisted in 1914 he indicated his occupation was a motor …

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Edwin Jones

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: January 1877 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: The fourth child of Joseph and Annie Jones of 37 Folly Lane, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Edwin married Alice Thompson on the 1 March 1905 and together they had 2 children – Ronald and Winifred …

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Charles Jones

Personal Details Born: 1895. Civilian Occupation: Charles was a farm labourer before enlisting.       Military Details Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (previously Cheshire Regiment) Rank: Private Service Number: 61347 (previously 17727) Date of Enlistment: 2 November 1914 Date of Discharge: 21 …

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Walter Winfred Johnson

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 16 May 1883 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: The fourth child of John and Margaret Johnson of 18 Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. On 1 October 1911 Walter married Constance Louis Davenport and together they had 2 children – Walter and Brian. …

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Alfred Jarvis

Cheshire Regiment

Personal Details Born: 11 July 1881 (baptised on 29 July 1891) in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: The first child of Alfred and Fanny Jarvis of 41b Newtown, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Alfred married Clara Smith on the 3 October 1916 and together had 5 children …

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John Brereton Huxley

Royal Flying Corps

Personal Details Born: 1 July 1898 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: The third child of John Brereton and Ethel Huxley of 20 Station Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: In 1939 he was working as an Agricultural Tractor Dealer and Air Ministry Contractor. Residence: In …

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John Cecil Humphreys

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 12 August 1891. Family: The son of Thomas and Eliza Humphreys of 11 Moreton Street, Prees, Shropshire. He married May Hall in 1912 and together they had a son, Sidney C; and possibly a further son, Harold G. Civilian Occupation: He …

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George Edwin Hesketh

Personal Details Born: 27 March 1898 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. We believe his parents were Edwin William and Ada Elizabeth Hesketh although we have no direct proof of this. Family: In 1926 George married Ethel Catherine Bird and together they had one son, Gerald …

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John Wilfrid Hayward

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 7 June 1891. Family: The first child of John and Elizabeth Hayward of 147 Alkington Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Elsie E Thomas in July 1925 and together they had one child, Norman. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 John was …

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Edward Madders

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: In Whitchurch, Shropshire on 5 November 1896. Family: The second child of Thomas and Mary Madders of 11 Talbot Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1927 Edward married Norah Catherine Callaghan in Fylde, Lancashire and they had 2 children together – Sheila …

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Herbert Hayward

Personal Details Born: 8 May 1898. Family: The first son of Thomas and Lizzie Hayward of Tybroughton, Flintshire, Wales. Residence: In 1939 he was living at Eglwys Cross, Flintshire, Wales. Civilian Occupation: In 1939 his occupation was rabbit trapper. Military Details Regiment: Royal …

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Charles Hayward

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 12 January 1893 in Adderley, Shropshire. Family: The second son of Samuel and Ann Hayward of Blackwaters, Eccleshall, Staffordshire. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 Charles was working as a waggoner on a farm. Five years later his occupation was …

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George Haycocks

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: In April 1898. Family: The sixth child of Thomas Henry and Mary Haycocks of 8 Smallbrook Buildings, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: Prior to the war he worked as a baker and van driver.   Other Information: Brother to John …

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Ernest Haycocks

Personal Details Born: 30 April 1896 or 1897. Family: The third child of Alfred and Mary Haycocks of 12 Brownlow Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Ernest married Jessie L Groom in 1935 and together they had 2 children – William J and Susan …

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James Harvey

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: 2 October 1892. Family: The second son of John and Mary Harvey of Station Cottages, Wrenbury, Cheshire. James married Mary Jane Gill on the 15 March 1915. Civilian Occupation: He was employed as a clerk with North Western Railway …

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Robert Joseph Hares

Personal Details Born: 22 January 1884. Family: The second child of Samuel and Fanny Hares of Ash Acres, Ightfield, Whitchurch, Shropshire. He married Agnes Frances Corvesor in 1921 and together they had 3 children – Margaret A, Joan F and John …

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Frank Hand

Army Veterinary Corps

Personal Details Born: 19 May 1895. Family: The seventh child of Joseph and Alice Hand of Corra Common, Calverhall, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1919 he married Mary L Ankers and together they had 2 children – Frank J and Irene A. Civilian …

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Robert Charles Hales

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 9 August 1895. Family: The third son of James Lee and Elizabeth Ann Hales of 28 Belton Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Robert married Kate Minay in 1918. Civilian Occupation: He was employed as a boot shop assistant. In 1939, he …

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John Vincent Walter Hales

Personal Details Born: 4 August 1888. Family: The third child of Walter and Sarah Emily Hales of Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Ada Chesters in 1915 and together they had 6 children – Harold, Edith, Frances, Nora, Kathleen and Lilian. Civilian …

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Robert Thomas Grace

East Surrey

Personal Details Born: 16 January 1895 Family: The second child of Robert and Mary Ann Grace of 42 Watergate Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Robert married Cecilia Moth of 41 Broughton Street, Queen’s Road, Battersea on the 25 September 1915 at St Phillip’s Church, …

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George Fisher

Personal Details Born: 1897 Family: The second son of George and Mary Anne Fisher of 4 Venables Yard, High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: George was employed as a labourer before enlisting in 1915. Residence: For a while after the war he lived at …

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Leonard James Elson

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 18 January 1896 Family: The fourth child of James and Sarah Elson of Moorhead Cottage, Willeymoor, Tushingham, Cheshire. Leonard married Abigail Mary Paddington in 1924 and together they had one daughter, Sheila. His surname was sometimes spelt Ellson. …

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George Allport Elliott

Personal Details Born: 3 February 1899 Family: The fourth child of John Reece and Matilda Elliott of 7 Waymills, Whitchurch, Shropshire. George married Annie Mary Elizabeth Grateley on the 7 September 1920 and together they had 4 children – Thomas, John, Annie and …

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William Arthur Edwards

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: 20 June 1898. Family: The third child of Robert David and Emily Edwards of Sandhurst, Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire.   Military Details Regiment: Royal Air Force Rank: Mechanic Service Number: 253953 Date of Enlistment: 30 March 1918 Date of …

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Walter Edwards

Royal Army Medical Corps

Personal Details Born: 15 April 1896. Family: The seventh child of Evan and Sarah Edwards. When Walter was baptised on 26 April 1896 the family were living at Fenn’s Bank Brick & Tile Works, Bronington, Flintshire. The 1901 Census shows them living …

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James Edwards

Personal Details Born: 10 September 1887 Family: The fifth child of James and Hannah Edwards of Whitchurch Road, Prees, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: He was a farm waggoner prior to enlisting for 12 years. Military Details Regiment: Royal Navy Rank: Stoker Service Number: …

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Thomas Edge

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born: 1889. Family: The second son of Joseph and Mary Edge of Broughall, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Thomas married Ethel Warburton on 1 April 1917 and together they had 2 children – Vera and Joseph. Civilian Occupation: He was a labourer on the …

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Leonard John Eaton

Royal Army Medical Corps

Personal Details Born: 2 June 1893. Family: The fourth child of Thomas and Agnes Susan Eaton of Ellesmere House, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Leonard married Eva Florence Oliver on the 2 September 1920 and together they had 2 children – Dorothy and Peter. Residence: …

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James Ernest Downward

Personal Details Born: 6 May 1896. Family: The only child of William and Elizabeth Downward of Whitewell Lane, Iscoyd, Flintshire. James married Elsie Bamford in June 1924 and together they had one child, Margaret. Education: He attended Whitchurch Grammar School. Civilian Occupation: When …

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Henry Willasey Downward

Royal Air Force

Personal Details Born: Henry was born on the 30 November 1877. Family: The third son of John and Alice Maria Downward of Tilstock, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: Henry was employed as a bank cashier.  Residence: In 1901 he was living in Ladywood Rd, …

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John Caulcott Davies

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 9 January 1896 Family: He was the third son of Edward and Emily Davies of Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Edith Mary Hay in June 1922 and together they had 3 children – Peter, Jean and Betty. …

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Percy Day

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 1877. Family: The second son of Charles and Rhoda Day of Newtown Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Percy married Elizabeth Jane Bills on 19 August 1901. Residence: In 1911 Percy and Elizabeth were living at 6 Newtown Street, Whitchurch; the 1919 Absent …

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Joseph William Dawson

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born: 7 January 1894. Joseph was baptised on the 3 February 1894. Family: The first son of Herbert and Agnes Maude Dawson of 16 Station Road Whitchurch, Shropshire. In September 1928 Joseph married May Victoria Stunt and together they had …

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Edwin Dodd

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: July 1896 Family: The third son of Joseph and Elizabeth Dodd of Penfold, Goblins Lane, Whixall, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: At the outbreak of war he was employed as a labourer/tractor engineer. Military Details Regiment: Labour Corps Rank: Private Service …

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Clarence Henry Higgins Deakin

Personal Details Born: 28 July 1896 Family: The second child of Henry Albert and Annie Deakin of Havana House, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Clarence married Ruby O’Sullivan in June 1919 in Plymouth. Education: He attended Whitchurch Grammar School. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 he was …

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William Day

Personal Details Born: March 1865 Family: The eldest son of Edwin and Ann Day of Yardington Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. William married Emily Brookshaw on 15 December 1889. Residence: In 1891 William was living in Newton, Whitchurch. By 1901 he had moved back …

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George Alec Davies

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Personal Details Born: 29 September 1893 Family: The only son of John and Sarah Davies of 9 Brooklands, Chester Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1919 George married Harriet Elizabeth Brown and together they had 4 children – Richard Eric, Maisie M, Derrick …

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Reginald Ernest Davenport

Notts & Derbyshire

Personal Details Born: 1892 Family: The only son of Thomas and Elizabeth Davenport of South Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He had four sisters, Genia, Elizabeth, Gertrude and Gladys. Reginald married Dorothy Annie Jaines in March 1918 whilst on leave. Civilian Occupation: On …

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Richard Morton Darlington

Army Veterinary Corps

Personal Details Born: 1875 Family: The third child of Richard and Emma Darlington of Hisland Farm, Oswestry, Shropshire. In 1905 Richard married Charlotte Louise Winifred Roberts who died on the 11 October 1920 in Bromley Kent. Civilian Occupation: He followed in his …

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William Henry Crump

Welsh Regiment

Personal Details Born: 7 April 1896 Family: The second son of  William and Annie Crump of Clutton Handley, Cheshire. William married Rachel E Sinclair in 1924 and together they had 4 children – William H, Raymond, Sheila M and Gillian F. …

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John Crump

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: 1885 Family: The second son of George and Mary Crump of 12 Castle Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: Prior to enlisting John worked as a bricklayer’s labourer. Other Information: John appears to have suffered with very poor eyesight. Military Details …

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William Henry Cecil Critchlow

Cheshire Regiment

Personal Details Born: Late 1895 in Salford Lancashire. Family: William was sent to live with his aunt in Whitchurch, Shropshire. He married Cicely Slattery in 1922. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 he was a gardener. After the war, he worked for Crown Agents which …

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George Crewe

Personal Details Born: 9 January 1890 and baptised on the 30 January 1890. Family: George was the fourth child of William and Ann Crewe of Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. George married Lizzie after emigrating to Canada. Civilian Occupation: He was employed as …

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Dick Crewe

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details Born: 30 July 1894 Family: The fourth child of Richard and Mary Jane Crewe of 9 Smallbrook Buildings, Whitchurch, Shropshire. He married Lily E Lee in June 1919. Civilian Occupation: At the age of 16 he was a van boy …

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Bill Crewe

East Surrey

Personal Details Born: On the 5 October 1898. Family: The sixth child of Richard and Mary Jane Crewe of 5 Smallbrook Buildings, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Bill married Esther Dockerty (or Docherty) in 1921 and together they had 4 daughters – Irene, …

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George Clive

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: In Bronington on the 20 December 1893 (baptised 20 January 1894). Family: The fourth child of William and Selina Clive of Fins Wood, Bronington, Flintshire. George married Lucy Wainwright in 1922 and together they were parents to …

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John Cliff

Royal Engineers Monmouthshire

Personal Details Born: 12 December 1885 Family: The first child of Joseph and Mary Ann Cliff of Heath Lane, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Alice Williams on the 3 February 1911 and together they had one son, John born 12 July 1923. …

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John Clarke

Personal Details Born: 1877 Family: The third child of John and Sarah Clarke of 37 Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Sarah Elizabeth Hales in 1904 and together they had 3 children – John, George and Phyllis I. Civilian Occupation: He was …

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Joseph Chesters

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Woodhouses, Whitchurch, Shropshire in 1879. Family: The son of Joseph and Elizabeth Chesters of Grange Farm, Wirswall, Whitchurch, Shropshire. We believe Joseph had a sister named Eliza born in 1860 and may have been adopted. Civilian Occupation: He …

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William Challinor

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: 20 October 1891 Family: The first child of William and Elizabeth Challenor of 28 Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Brother of Frank and George Challenor, both of whom died during the war. William married Ada Clawley in September 1923 and …

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Harold Butler

King's Liverpool Regiment

Personal Details Born: 11 September 1894 and baptised on 3 October 1894. Family: He was the second son of John William and Cecilia Mary Butler of 4 Waymills, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Harold married Harriet Davies in 1920 and together they had 2 children …

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John Clifford Burgess

Personal Details: Born: July 1877 and baptised on 14 September 1877. Family: The first child of Ralph Wright and Margaret Jane Burgess of Smallbrook Villa, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Annie Bird Berridge on 2 April 1902 and together they had 3 …

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Frederick Beardsall Black

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born: 1871 Family: The third son of William and Mary Black of Watergate Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Frederick married Rosina Harriet Matthews in 1892 and together they had 7 children – Elsie, Eleanor, Henry, John, Rowland, Winifred and Sybil. Residence: At …

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George Bennion

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Personal Details: Born: 11 November 1869. There is some confusion as to George’s year of birth. He was baptised on the 6 February 1870 but his army pension sheet has his 55 birthday as 11 November 1925. Therefore we believe he …

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Hugh William Beeks

Personal Details: Born: 21 February 1879 Family: The first son of Thomas and Elizabeth Beeks of Higher Wych Smithey, Wigland Grove, Wigland, Cheshire. Hugh married Edith Frances Moore on the 12 April 1909 and together they had 2 children – …

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Thomas Beddows

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 1879 Family: Second son of Thomas and Christina Beddow. Thomas also used the name Beddows. Residences: Steel Lane, Tilstock, Whitchurch, Shropshire, and 87 Cheeryble Street, Higher Openshawe, Manchester by the end of the war. Civilian Occupation: He was …

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William Beddow

Labour Corps

Born: July 1897 Family: The third child of Thomas and Henrietta Beddow of 8 St John Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. William married Edith and together they had a son Geoffrey. Residence: When William was demobilised in 1919 he indicated his address as 11 …

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Roy Marston Bamber

Personal Details Born: 18 February 1894 in Sydney, Australia. Family: 2nd son of William and Eva Mary Bamber. The family returned from Australia in the late 1890s. William married Lillian Cardwell in December 1930 and, after her death, married again …

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William Robert Bennion

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 26 September 1876 Family: Son of Margaret Bennion. William married Elizabeth Humphreys on the 23 February 1896 and together they had 7 children – William, Elizabeth, Margaret, Florence, Emily, Samuel and Gwendoline. Civilian Occupation: Builder’s labourer. Residence: On leaving the …

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Frederick Adams

Royal Army Service Corps

Born: July 1876 Family: 5th Son of William and Elizabeth Adams of Heath Lane, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1905 Frederick married Alice Martha Barlow and together they had 4 children – Frank, George Frederick, Frederick and Mary. Civilian Job: At the age of 14 …

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William Ashley

Born: 12 September 1895 Family: Son of William and Sarah Agnes Ashley. William married Maisie Mary Hart, from Limerick, in 1930. Education: He attended schools in Whixall and Ash prior to the family moving to Burslem, Staffordshire. Civilian Occupation: At 14 he …

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Llewellyn Passant

Born 1890 Son of – John & Annie Passant, 4 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch Civilian occupation – Shoemaker Regiment : Monmouthshire Regiment Rank : Corporal Service Number : 226027, 2869 04/09/1914 Enlisted with 1st Monmouthshire Regiment 07/06/1917 Went under fire to …

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Walter Sydney Fisher

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born 1881 Next of kin – Mrs Alice Ann Fisher (wife), 20 Pepper Street, Whitchurch Civilian occupation – Stoker at Whitchurch Gas Works Military Details Regiment : King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Royal Defence Corps Rank : Private Service …

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Alfred Baddeley

Shropshire Yeomanry

Personal Details Born 1885 Next of kin – Mrs Baddeley, Lower Morrey, Shavington (wife) Civilian occupation – Farmer Military Details Regiment : Shropshire Yeomanry Rank : Sergeant, Corporal Service Number : 887 01/04/1908 Enlisted with Shropshire Yeomanry as Private & …

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William R. Bennion

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born 1874 Next of kin – Mrs Elizabeth Bennion (wife), 1 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch Civilian occupation – Builder’s labourer Military Details Regiment : King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Labour Corps Rank : Corporal, Private Service Number : 11691, 42444 …

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Alfred James Woolley

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details Born 1891 Next of kin – Mrs Annie Woolley, Cemetery Lodge, Milebank, Whitchurch (wife) Civilian occupation – Motor Driver Military details Regiment : Royal Army Service Corps Rank : Private Service Number : M2/167596 10/12/1915 Enlisted with Royal …

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Arthur Palin

Cheshire Regiment

Personal Details Born 1897 Next of kin – Mrs Ryder, 7 Yardington, Whitchurch (Foster Mother) Civilian occupation – Farm labourer Military Details Regiment : Cheshire Regiment Rank : Private Service Number : 27253 30/06/1915 Enlisted with Cheshire Regiment 03/03/1916 Embarked …

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Enlisted January 1915

Mechanical Transport Drivers – William John Dodsworth & John Henry Williams Horse Transport Transport Drivers – William A. Kilgarriff, Herbert Roberts, John Hayward, William Arthur Dawson, Alfred Fowles, George Fowles, Arthur Chidlow & Thomas Stockton