Historic Buildings and Sites: The War Memorial – the people behind the names

 

We thought it would be a nice idea to have a page about the people behind the names on the marble plaques, then out of the blue Annette Burgoyne sent us the details below of men from the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry who were killed in the First Wrld War.

Annette has offered to send us details of men from the Madeley area who were killed and for some reason do not appear on the memorial, also of the men who survived. They will appear on this site soon.

Thanks to Study Group member Janet Doody we now have details of the casualties of the Second World War who appear on the memorial, and more information about Madeley men from the First World War.

Editor’s comments are in italics.

The different souces of information are 6th K.S.L.I. War Diary, Soldiers Died, CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Austin, Frederick. 17534 L/Cpl. 5th K.S.L.I.
Born Coalport.
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 24/8/16. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing, Somme.
The British held about half of Delville Wood (Somme). The 5th K.S.L.I. along with other units of the 14th Division, with the task of clearing the rest of the wood attacked on 24/8/16. The 5th K.S.L.I. cleared their part of the wood, capturing two machine guns, two officers and 115 other ranks. But the 9th K.R.R.C. on the right flank were held up, this left the 5th K.S.L.I.’s flank unsupported , and the Battalion had to withdraw to its start line. The 5th K.S.L.I. lost seven officers and 51 other ranks killed.

Baugh, George. 18159 Pte. 5th K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Died of wounds on 28/8/16. Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-LAbbe.
Possibly wounded on the 24th August but the Battalion went back in the trenches on this date.

Bowen, T. 18798 Pte. 7th K.S.L.I. (I am not sure about this one)
Born Coalport.
Resided Burgess Hill, Sussex.
Enlisted Guildford.
Killed on 3/4/16. His name is on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing, Ypres.
The 7th K.S.L.I. were holding trenches in the St. Eloi sector, Ypres on the 3/4/16.

Bowers, Francis Joseph. 12449 Pte. 1st K.S.L.I., also served in 8th K.S.L.I.
Born Sutton Wood (Between Sutton Hill and Sutton Maddock)
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 24/9/18. Buried in Chapelle British Cemetery, Holnon.
The 1st K.S.L.I. took part in an attack on a strong point called the “Quadrilateral” between Holnon and St. Quentin on the 24/9/18. The Battalion worked its way round to the north of the “Quadrilateral” and captured 64 prisoners.

Bromfield, William. 5247 Sgt. 2nd K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Died on 9/6/15 aged 40. Buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery.

Clarke, Albert. 5025 Pte. 1st K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Killed on 25/9/16. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial (Somme) to the missing.
The 1st K.S.L.I. took part in an attack on Morval – Lesboeufs Ridge on 25/9/16.

Collingwood, Thomas. 6295 Pte. 2nd K.S.L.I.
Born Horsehay
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Killed on 11/3/15 aged 25. His name is on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing.
The 2nd K.S.L.I. had been withdrawn from the foremost trenches at St. Eloi (Ypres)on the 10th March 1916 but the Regimental History does not recorded where they were withdrawn to (probably to the Reserve line ?).

Cornes, William Edwards. 25510 Pte. 5th K.S.L.I.
Born Ironbridge.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Trained at Pembroke Dock. His name is on the memorial at Pembroke Dock, which records that he resided at Madeley.
Died of wounds on 11/9/17. Buried in Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck.
The Battalion were hold support trenches immediately north of Messines early in September 1917.

Davies, Joseph. 10526 Pte. 5th K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Died of wounds on 31/7/15. Poperinghe New Military Cemetery.
The Battalion had been in the Railway Wood sector (also in reserve in Ramparts of Ypres) during July.

Downes, Richard. 17666 Pte. 5th K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 24/8/16. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing, Somme.
The British held about half of Delville Wood (Somme). The 5th K.S.L.I. along with other units of the 14th Division, with the task of clearing the rest of the wood attacked on 24/8/16. The 5th K.S.L.I. cleared their part of the wood, capturing two machine guns, two officers and 115 other rank But the 9th K.R.R.C. on the right flank were held up, this left the 5th K.S.L.I.s flank unsupported , and the Battalion had to withdraw to its start line. The 5th K.S.L.I. lost seven officers and 51 other ranks killed.

Edwards, T. (I could not find a T. Edwards with any connection with Madeley or surrounding area. The only Edwards with a connection is the man below).

Edwards, William Henry. 23735 Pte. 7th K.S.L.I. (Not on Madeley Memorial)
Son of Thomas and Hannah Edwards of 49, New Bridge Road, Ironbridge.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 13/11/16 aged 44. Buried in Serre Road Cemetery, Somme. (He was reported missing the Wellington and Shrewsbury Journal, but his body must have been found at a later date).
The 7th K.S.L.I.were in support of an attack on Serre, Somme. The attack lost direction in the dark and deep mud, and Serre was not taken.

Bill Geary from Canada sent us details of his two Great Uncles who were killed during WWI — we were able to send him photos of their inscriptions on the Memorial, which you will find on the main War Memorial page with all the others. Both of the Geary’s names also appeared on the Aqueduct War Memorial, which is now housed in St Michaels Church, Madeley. Bill’s Great Uncles were:

Geary George, Private 24079, 7th Bn., KSLI (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry), died Thursday, 28th March 1918, age 29, son of Mrs. H. Pooler, 41 Aqueduct Rd., Madeley, Salop. ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

Geary Percy, Private 200476, “D” Coy. 1st/4th Bn., KSLI, died Sunday, 24 November 1918, age 25, son of Mrs. H. Pooler (formerly Geary), 41 Aqueduct Rd., Madeley, Salop. Awoingt British Cemetery, Nord France.

Annette Burgoyne has also sent us this information about George and Percy:

Geary, George. 24079 Pte. 7th K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 28/3/18. His name is on the Arras Memorial to the missing.
The 7th K.S.L.I. were in trenches, west of Henin, on the 28/3/18, these were in a shocking state, affording but little cover and having no wire in front. The Germans had start a massive attack on the 21st March 1918. The 3rd Division, to which the Battalion belonged, had lost some ground between the 21st and 23rd. The Germans attacked the Battalion at 5.15 a.m. on the 28th, this was beaten off, but a second followed at 7.15 a.m., and after fierce fighting, the Battalion had no choice but to fall back.

Geary, Percy. 200476 Pte. “D” Company 1/4th K.S.L.I.
Resided Madeley.
Died 24/11/18 aged 25. Buried in Awoingt British Cemetery. (He is not recorded in Soldiers Died).

George, R. A., A/Cpl. 24142. Born Madeley. Transferred to 2nd S.W.B. Died of wounds on 18/4/18.

Gogerty, Herbert. 17701 Pte. 5th K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 27/4/17. Buried in Wancourt British Cemetery.
The Battalion were holding support trenches near Wancourt (Arras) on 27/4/17.

Gough, Arthur J. 17655 Pte. 5th and 6th Battalions K.S.L.I.
Son of Arthur and Alice Gough of 63 High Street, Madeley.
Born Broseley.
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Wounded with 5/K.S.L.I. in 1915 (reported in Ludlow Advertiser on 11/12/15).
Killed with 6/K.S.L.I. on 30/11/17 aged 19. His name is on Cambrai Memorial to the missing.
The Germans make an attack on 30/11/1 and force line back, the 6th K.S.L.I. move forward from 15 Ravine and help to halt the Germans N-E of Gouzeaucourt.

Griffiths, Richard Joseph. M.M. 15961 Pte. K.S.L.I. + 40661 4th Worcestershire Regt.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 20/11/17 with 4th Worcestershire Regt..

Harris, Samuel. 16796 Pte.2nd K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Died on 20/12/16.
The 2nd K.S.L.I. were in Neohori Plateau area Greece. The troops suffered the ravages of malaria.

Harris, John Edwin, M.M. 9873 Cpl. “D” Company 1st K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 7/7/17. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.
The Germans make a strong raid on 1st K.S.L.I.’s trenches south-west of Hulluch. The raid was repulsed but the Battalion lost 20 men killed and 15 wounded. He volunteered for a raid on 7/3/16 but it was cancelled. He was wounded in April 1916, possibly on the night of the 21st when the 1st K.S.L.I. re-captured trenches at Morteldje Estaminet (Ypres). Harris was awarded the M.M. for gallantry in the severe fighting south-east of Loos between 13th-28th April 1917.

Heighway, A. (I could not find an A. Heighway with any connection with Madeley or surrounding area in Soldiers Died or CWGC but I did find the man below who did not die during the war but may have died from wounds etc. in the following years ?).
Heighway, Archibald. 15332 Pte. 2nd K.S.L.I.
Resided 9, The Lloyds, Madeley.

Higginson, Albert. 200314 Pte. 1/4th K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge
Killed on 30/10/17. His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing at Zonnebeke.
The 4th Battalion, made an attack on Source Trench near Varlet Farm, Passchendaele with “A” and “D” Companies, and “B” Company were placed at the disposal of an Canadian Brigade. Their Division, which was at that time the 63rd (Royal Naval), were under orders of the Canadians. The attack lost direction in the appalling mud, Source Trench was not gained but a gap between Source Farm and Varlet Farm was closed. In the meantime “B” Company had been moved via Kronprinz Farm to a position near Source Farm in support of a company of the 5th Cape Mounted Rifles, joining up with “A” and “D” Companies after dark.

Humphreys, John Henry. 200482 L/Cpl. 1/4th K.S.L.I.
Son of Harry and Maria Humphreys of Madeley
Born 1894 in Whittington
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 30/10/17 aged 23. His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing at Zonnebeke.
The 4th Battalion, made an attack on Source Trench near Varlet Farm, Passchendaele with “A” and “D” Companies, and “B” Company were placed at the disposal of an Canadian Brigade. Their Division, which was at that time the 63rd (Royal Naval), were under orders of the Canadians. The attack lost direction in the appalling mud, Source Trench was not gained but a gap between Source Farm and Varlet Farm was closed. In the meantime “B” Company had been moved via Kronprinz Farm to a position near Source Farm in support of a company of the 5th Cape Mounted Rifles, joining up with “A” and “D” Companies after dark.

Jackson, Edgar Ormond. 11300 Pte. “D” Company 5th K.S.L.I.
Son of John and Mary Ann Jackson of Madeley.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 15/9/15 aged 29. Buried in Brandhoek Military Cemetery, Ypres.
The Battalion had been holding trenches in the Railway Wood sector (Ypres) (all reserve trenches near Ypres itself) during August and early September 1916.

Jones, Albert E. 16826 Pte. 5th K.S.L.I.
Husband of J. Jones of 17, Holly Hedge, Little Dawley.
Born Madeley.
Resided Dawley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Died of wounds on 11/5/17. Etaples Military Cemetery.
The Battalion had been in the Arras Sector during April and early May 1917.

Jones, Arthur. 7246 Pte. 1st K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 7/7/17. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.
The Germans make a strong raid on 1st K.S.L.I.’s trenches south-west of Hulluch. The raid was repulsed but the Battalion lost 20 men killed and 15 wounded.

Jones, George. 12209 Pte. 6th Battalion K.S.L.I.
Son of Edwin and Margaret Jones of 20 Church Street, Madeley.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 31/8/16 aged 25. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing, Somme.
The 6th K.S.L.I. were in trenches near Waterlot Farm and Trones Wood, Somme, namely Batten Trench, Dummy Trench, Trones Trench and possible ZZ Trench, on 31/8/16.

The Battalion War Diary does not record any casualties on this day (12218 Pte. Morris was also killed on this day). The amount of information recorded in War Diaries can vary according to the person writing the diary up and the battle conditions at the time of writing. So, Jones and Morris may still have been killed on this day or Soldiers Died (published by His Majestys Stationery Office) may have made a mistake (I have found several mistakes, one concerning the 5th K.S.L.I., the Battalion took part in the Battle of Arras on 9th April 1917, now Soldiers Died only records two men who died on this day but it records 33 men killed the day before (the 8th), but the Battalion were in shell-proof caves on the 8th waiting to go into assembly trenches. The dates in the C.W.G.C. records were also wrong. A fellow member of the Western Front Association had also noticed that his grandfather’s, who had been killed during the Battle of Arras with the 5th K.S.L.I., date of death was wrong. He was trying to get the date changed on his grandfather’s stone but the CWGC said on because it could not be proofed. I told him about the other 32 men with the wrong date, and he informed the CWGC, who then looked into it again and agreed that the dates were wrong). Never take information at face value, it never hurts to cross check information with other sources.

Lawley, Arthur Henry. 11139 Cpl. 5th K.S.L.I.
Son of Henry and Elizabeth Lawley of 13, Franklin Terrace, Victoria Avenue, Wellington.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Killed on 3/8/15 aged 31. His name is on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing, Ypres.
The Battalion were holding trenches in the Railway Wood sector (Ypres) on the 3/8/15.

Lowe, Elijah. 11253 L/Cpl. 5th K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Hednesford.
Killed on 10/2/16 aged 29. Buried Bard Cottage Cemetery, Boezinghe, Ypres.
The Battalion were holding trenches in the northern sector of the Salient, below the Pilckem Ridge. On the night of 11/12th February the 6th K.S.L.I. relieved the 5th K.S.L.I. in the front line from bays E24 to E28, and from support trenches at Butt 17, The Nile, Skipton and with two companies on the canal bank.

Lowe, Robert. 10484 Pte. 5th K.S.L.I.
Son of Moses Lowe of 42, Aqueduct Road, Madeley.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Killed on 14/9/15 aged 31. Buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Ypres.
The Battalion were holding trenches in the Railway Wood sector (Ypres) on the 14/9/15.

Maiden, Alfred Horace M.M. 14710 Pte. 6th K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 20/9/16 aged 31. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing, Somme.
The 6th K.S.L.I. were in trenches near Guillemont, three companies were in reserve line & one in trenches near Guillemont Station.

Miles, John. 19352 L/Cpl. K.S.L.I. + R.E.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 23/7/18 with R.E.

Mitchell, W. 9363 Sgt. K.S.L.I. + 5941 M.G.C.
Born Solihull.
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Died of wounds on 24/12/17, while serving with M.G.C.

Morgan, W R. (I could not find an W. R. Morgan with any connection with Madeley or surrounding area in Soldiers Died or CWGC, but did find the following).
Morgan, W. Richard. 7359 Pte. Battalion unknown
Resided Wrekin area.
This information is from the Wrekin Roll of Honour, which recorded that he died on 18/3/17, but I could find no trace of anyone by this name ?

Morris, Wilfred. 12218 Pte. 6th Battalion K.S.L.I. (On the Madeley Memorial Wilfred is listed as a Lance Corporal)
Son of Jane Morris of 26 Station Road, Madeley.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 31/8/16 aged 23. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing, Somme.
See above for details of Battalions movements.

Mullard, William Joseph. 200200 L/Cpl. 1/4th K.S.L.I.
Born Jackfield.
Resided Coalport.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Died on 23/1/18. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.

Pearce Arthur John. 200233 Pte. 1/4th K.S.L.I.
Son of George and Ellen Pearce of 12 Hill Top, Madeley.
Born Broseley.
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 19/4/18 aged 24. Buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery, Heuvelland.
On the 18/4/18 the 4th Battalion were at or near Rossignol, near Kemmel and in reserve. They were relieved by French troops, the relief was completed by dawn of the 19th. The Battalion concentrated at Canada Camp (I have not been able to find Canada Camp on any maps but most probably near La Clytte), before marching to Wippenhoek. I think the date of Pte. Pearce’s death may be wrong along with 30 other men of the Battalion recorded killed on 19/4/18, for two reasons – one- they were leaving the battle area and the main reason is the fact that the Official History of the War records that there was a lull in the fighting in Flanders between the 19th-24th April 1918. Or if its right and so many men were killed on this date then I can only guess that a shell or two landed on them as they marched in column ? (after I have finished work on the 1st and 2nd K.S.L.I., I will research the 1/4th but that will be many year away).

Plant, George. 200253 Sgt. 1/4th K.S.L.I.
Born Ironbridge.
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 30/12/17 aged 23. Buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich.
The Battalion were in trenches on the Welch Ridge near Marcoing on the 30/12/17. The Germans made an attack and captured trenches held by the unit on the right. The 1st Artists Rifles retook the trenches with the help of the 1/4th K.S.L.I. two support companies.

Ray, Frederick. 17661 Pte. 1st K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 6/3/16. Buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ypres.
The 1st K.S.L.I. were in trenches between Railway Wood & Hooge (Ypres) on 6/3/16.

Richard, Edgar. 19351 Pte. 1st K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 3/7/17 aged 27. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.
The 1st K.S.L.I. were in trenches south-west of Hulluch.


Roberts, John. 17000 Pte. 1st K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Resided Cressage.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Killed on 22/4/16. Buried in Essex Farm Cemetery, Boezinge, Ypres.
The 1st K.S.L.I. were in trenches at Morteldje Estaminet (Ypres), which they had captured during the night of 21/4/16.

Roberts, Thomas. 19272 Pte. 6th Battalion K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Died of wounds on 14/9/16 aged 24. Buried Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme.
The 6th K.S.L.I. spent the early part of September 1916 in the Guillemont area, possibly wounded here.

Rodgers, A. (I could not find an A. Rodgers with any connection with Madeley or surrounding area in Soldiers Died or CWGC but I found the following, maybe the stone mason made a mistake ?).
Rogers, Albert. 10181 Pte. 2nd K.S.L.I.
Born Ironbridge.
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Died on 23/5/16. Buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

Scott, Henry Victor. K.S.L.I. + 43107 M.G.C.
Born Brighouse, Yorks.
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Killed on 24/4/17, while serving with M.G.C.

Simpson, Harold, D.C.M. 12904 A/C.S.M. 6th K.S.L.I.
Born Possibly Madeley
Resided 13 Park Lane, Madeley. May have also resided in Coventry at the time.
Wounded with 6th K.S.L.I. early in 1918.
Killed with 2/10th Royal Scots on 13/10/18, full C.S.M. at time. His name is on Archangel Memorial, Russian Federation.

Small, John William. 200033 Acting Sgt.-Major 1/4th K.S.L.I.
Brother of Mrs S. Butcher of 47 High Street, Madeley.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Died of wounds on 31/10/17. Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery.
May have been wounded on 30th near Source Farm and Varlet Farm, Passchendaele.

Speake, Alfred. 9226 Pte. 2nd K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Resided Ironbridge.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Died of wounds on 2/3/15. Buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery.
The 2nd K.S.L.I. had been in St. Eloi area (Ypres) since January 1915.

Stephan, Frederick. 24064 Pte. 2nd K.S.L.I.
Born Coalport.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Killed on 31/10/16 aged 33. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria Greece.
The 2nd K.S.L.I. were in Neohori Plateau area Greece, and made a raid on enemy trenches on the Hogs Back. Pte. Stephan was the only man killed in the raid.

Taylor, Thomas. 6023 Pte. 5th K.S.L.I.
Born Shrewsbury.
Resided Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Killed on 24/8/16. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing, Somme.
The British held about half of Delville Wood (Somme). The 5th K.S.L.I. along with other units of the 14th Division, with the task of clearing the rest of the wood attacked on 24/8/16. The 5th K.S.L.I. cleared their part of the wood, capturing two machine guns, two officers and 115 other rank But the 9th K.R.R.C. on the right flank were held up, this left the 5th K.S.L.I.s flank unsupported , and the Battalion had to withdraw to its start line. The 5th K.S.L.I. lost seven officers and 51 other ranks killed.

Tranter, Harry. 35188 Pte. 7th K.S.L.I.
Son of Mr. R. M. Tranter of 86, Princes Street, Madeley.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Died of wounds on 27/9/18. Buried in Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery.
The 7th K.S.L.I. had taken part in two attacks during September, on the now crumbling German line.

Ward, Clarence Turner. 17953 L/Cpl. 6th K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Stafford.
Killed on 23/4/18 aged 20, while attached to London Regiment. His name is on the Pozieres Memorial to the missing, Somme.

Ward, George Edward Arthur. 34033 Pte. 1/4th K.S.L.I. formerly 4/1588 T.R. Battn.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Died of wounds on 5/6/18 aged 19. Buried in St. Michael’s Churchyard, Madeley.

Ward, John Henry. 201529 Acting Cpl. 4th Reserve Battalion K.S.L.I.
Son of George Ward of 19, Court Street, Madeley. Husband of Annie Ward of 33, Townfields, Lichfield.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Died on 1/5/17 (Soldiers Died records 1/5/17 but CWGC records 8/5/17) aged 25. Buried St. Michael Churchyard, Madeley.

Ward, William Henry. 2211 Acting Sgt. 2/4th K.S.L.I.
Husband of Eva E. Jones (formerly Ward) of 2 Belle Vue Read, Ironbridge.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Ironbridge.
Died on 25/10/15 aged 29. Buried in Kirk Chris Lezayre (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, I. of M.
The 2/4th K.S.L.I. served successively at Shrewsbury, Barry Dock, Cardiff, Stittingbourne, the Isle of Man, Bedford and Aldeborough until becoming, in December, 1916, the 50th Provisional Battalion.

Wilkes, Worth Stevenson. 6113 Pte. 1st K.S.L.I.
Born Madeley.
Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Died of wounds on 26/3/15 aged 21. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery.
The 1st K.S.L.I. had been in Chapelle dArmentieres area since January 1915.

Thanks to Study Group member Janet Doody we now have details of the casualties of the Second World War who appear on the memorial. Janet herself hopes to add photos etc. In several cases there are varying accounts concerning rank, place of death etc. In these cases we have included the sources in brackets immediately after: CWGC – Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Roll of Honour – Borough of Telford & Wrekin Roll of Honour. Janet also used the Madeley War Memorial and monumental inscriptions at St Michael’s Church, Madeley.

Biggs, John Henry D/JX 154918 Able Seaman Royal Navy
Died Sunday 9th June 1940, aged 19, at sea off the Norwegian coast in HMS Glorious. His name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
The son of Thomas R and Elizabeth Biggs from Madeley.
HMS Glorious was built in 1917 as a light battle cruiser and converted to an aircraft carrier in 1930. She was sunk by gunfire from the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau off Narvik, Norway.

Biggs, Thomas Joseph P/JX 324870 Ordinary Seaman (CWGC) & Able Seaman (Roll of Honour) Royal Navy
Died Friday 1st January 1943, aged 19, lost at sea on Atlantic convoy in HMS Fidelity. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
The son of Thomas R and Elizabeth Biggs from Madeley.
HMS Fidelity was a special service vessel, a ‘spy ship’ or ‘Q Ship’ and was probably torpedoed by a U-boat in the North Atlantic. ‘Q Ships’ were designed to mimic the lines of merchantment in the hope of tricking U-boats into launching ill-advised attacks.

Bowen, Harry 4032718 Private, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry
Died on Friday 13th October 1944 and is remembered in the Mook War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands.
He was the son of Mr & Mrs Kelsey and husband of Phyllis Bowen of Madeley.
(Not included in the Wrekin Roll of Honour.)

Brisbourne, Edward 3050808, Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died Tuesday 5th September 1944 aged 19 and is remembered in Much Wenlock Cemetery, Shropshire.
The son of Edward and Ena Brisbourne of Much Wenlock
(Not included in the Wrekin Roll of Honour.)

Buntin, William Ernest 4033534, Sergeant, 4th Battalion Welch Regiment
Died on 30th March 1944 (Roll of Honour)/Thursday 3rd August 1944 (CWGC) in the Military Hospital at Bath of wounds at Caen, France. He is buried at the Castle Green Cemetery, Beech Road, Madeley with a Commonwealth War Graves headstone:
William Ernest Buntin, 3rd August 1944, aged 26, 4th BBn. Welch Regiment.
‘We loved our dear son well but now he dwells in Jesus upon the homeland shore’.
He was the son of Andrew and Lily Buntin of Madeley.

Burgess, George William D/KX 148044 Stoker
Lost at sea in Norwegian waters on HM Submarine Syrtis on Thursday 30th March 1944, aged 21, and is remebered on the Plymouth Naval War Memorial, Devon.
He was the son of George William and Leah Burgess of 22 Beech Road and the husband of Norah Winifred Burgess of Ironbridge.
The submarine left Lerwick in the Shetlands on 16th March 1944 for a patrol off the Norwegian coast. On March 20th she was ordered to an area near Bodo, some 70 miles inside the Arctic Circle. 2 days later she sank the steamer Narvik with gunfire. On the 28th a signal was sent ordering Syrtis to return to Lerwick. This signal was never acknowledged and she failed to return. German reports indicate the sinking of a submarine in the Bodo area at the time by shore batteries, but the most likely cause of her loss is a mine.

Curel, William Henry LT/KX 103616 Stoker, First Class
Died Thursday 11th December 1941, aged 21. Lost at sea in HM Yacht Rosabella (CWGC) or HM Tug Rosabelle (Roll of Honour), Royal Naval Patrol Service. and his name is on the Lowestoft Naval Memorial, Sussex.
The son of William Henry & Agnes Curel of 12 Coronation Crescent, Madeley, and husband of Connie Curel of Fulham, London.
At the outbreak of war the men of this service were mainly the fishermen of the requisitioned trawlers and drifters used on patrol work, but later it included men from all walks of life and various types of small craft.
Rosabelle was sunk by explosion, probably by a U-boat in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Curzon, Charles Donald 304939 Trooper, The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues).
Died on Thursday 14th November 1940, aged 28. He died in 19 General Hospital, Middle East, and is in the Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
The son of Charles Henry & Lily May Curzon of 53 Park Lane, Madeley.

Darrall, Clive 4034170, The Welch Regiment.
Lost at sea on 3rd July 1940 (Roll of Honour)/Tuesday 2nd July 1940 (CWGC) aged 25 and is remembered in the Culdaff Church of Ireland churchyard.
He was the son of Harry and Martha Florence Darrall of Madeley.

Dodd, Leonard Douglas 4034170 Sergeant, 5th Battalion The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) (I know his service number is same as the one given for Clive Darrall above – I’ll check with Janet and correct it as soon as possible).
Killed in action near Caen, France, on Sunday 25th June 1944 aged 25, and is remembered in the Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

Dodd, Raymond Cyril 530700 Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force
Died Wednesday 5th June 1940, aged 24.
Lost in the North Sea off the Belgian Coast, his name is on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. 233 Squadron were based at Leuchars, Fife, Scotland, flying Hudsons on anti-shipping sweeps.
He and Leonard (above) were the sons of Arnold Thomas & Minnie Dodd of 28 Court Street, Madeley. Mr Dodd (“Bobby Dodd” as he was known to locals) was for many years the Madeley Policeman.

Edwards, Frank Arthur 2662542, Guardsman, 5th Battalion, Coldstream Guards
Died Sunday 3rd September 1944, aged 33, and is remembered in the Lille Southern Cemetery, Nord France.
He was the son of George and Ethel Elizabeth Edwards of 23 Coalport Road and husband of Mildred Elizabeth Edwards of Coalbrookdale.
(Not included in Wrekin Roll of Honour)

Evans, Edward Joseph, DFM 629150 Sergeant Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Died on Thursday 28th November 1940 aged 21 and is remembered in Sheffield (Shire Green) Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Distinguished Flying Medal Citation:
Evans, Edward Joseph, 629150 Aircraftman Second Class No 218 Squadron (Immediate). London Gazette 21/6/1940 Air Gunner Air2/4097.
“This airman has taken part in many bombing raids against enemy positions during which he has displayed great courage as Air Gunner. On 14th May 1940, whilst taking part in a raid, his aircraft attacked by Me 109s. In spite of being heavily outnumbered AC2 Evans remained cool and, witholding his fire until effective, shot down an enemy fighter and inflicted damage on others, causing them to break off the engagement. His courage and coolness in the face of heavy enemy opposition was to a very great extent responsible for the success of the raid and the safe return of his aircraft. 18th May 1940”
He was the son of Edward and Frances Selina Evans of Thorpe House, Coalport and husband of Vera Evans of Southey Green, Sheffield.
(Not included in the Wrekin Roll of Honour).

Guy, John Humphreys 1819148 Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force
Killed in an aircraft crash near Dittichenrode, Germany on 16th January 1945.

Johnson, Edward Arnold 1507974 Flight Sergeant, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died Sunday 25th June 1944 aged 26. Killed on operations near Amiens, France, he is buried in the St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, Somme, France.
He was the son of Edward & Sarah Johnson of Madeley.

Palmer, Arthur JX 315575 Ordinary Seaman Royal Navy
Died at sea in HMS Grove, 12th June 1942.

Tisdale, James Albert 4034391 Sapper
Accidentally drowned at Pangbourne, Dorset on 19th April 1942.

Yale, Robert Alec 1583664 Sergeant Flight Engineer, 467 (RAAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died Wednesday 29th December 1943, aged 27, lost on operations over Berlin he is remembered in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.
He was the son of William Henry & Sarah Hannah Yale of Madeley.

Yorke, Leslie George 1582011 Sergeant, 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
He was lost at sea in an aircraft crash on Friday 12th November 1943 aged 27. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
He was the son of William & Amy Yorke of Madeley and the husband of Lydia Yorke, also of Madeley.