Staff of the Birmingham Post & Mail who died during the First World War. The names appear in the order listed on the memorial. Some details have been taken from 1911 Census.
2/Lt T W J Wilson
Tristram William Jourdain Wilson, journalist, 11th (Service) Battalion, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Son of the late William Wilson, of The Lindens, Duffield Road, Derby, and of Caroline Martha Wilson, of 13 Ellesmere Road, Chiswick, London.
Died November 24, 1917, aged 28. Buried in Voormezele Enclosure No 3, Ypres.
Pte W Allbutt
William Allbut, 10th (Service) Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.
Son of Benjamin and Priscilla Allbut, of Edgbaston; husband of Ada Allbut, of 89 Summer Road, Edgbaston.
Born in Lye, Stourbridge.
Died of wounds aged 38 on September 21, 1917. Buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension.
Pte R C Chapman
Richard Charles Chapman, 1/7th Battalion, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Son of George and Lizzie Chapman; husband of Beatrice Annie Chapman, of 82 Great Hampton Row, Birmingham.
Died aged 30 on August 27 1917. No known grave, but commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial.
Pte B Clanchy
Bertram Clanchy, a compositor, 1/8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Son of Fredrick and Emily Clanchy, of Sparkbrook. Died of wounds aged 27 on May 13, 1915.
The battalion reported 18 men were wounded as a result of enemy shellfire on May 9-11 while in trenches near Wulverghem.
Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery.
Bertram’s elder brother, Horace, a coach painter, of 19 Palmerston Road, Sparkbrook, served in France from May 1916. He survived the war.
Pte B W Davis
Bert William Davis, an errand boy, 5th (Service) Battalion, the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
Son of Samuel and Mary Ann Davis, of 31 Thomas Street, Aston.
Died aged 19 on October 17, 1915. Pte Davis had landed in France on October 1. No known grave – commemorated at the Menin Gate.
Pte H le Pine Elliott
Henry le Pine Elliott, 1/7th London Regiment. Formerly a private in the 25th (Cyclist) Battalion.
Son of Thomas and Susan Elliott, of 5 Barlow Street, Walworth, London.
Died aged 19 on June 7, 1917.
Buried in Voormezele Enclosure No 3.
Pte J Garner
John Garner, an accountant’s clerk, Southern Command Labour Centre of the Labour Corps.
Son of John and Sarah Garner, of 26 Auckland Road, Sparkbrook. Formerly private in the Suffolk Regiment and the Devonshire Regiment.
Served overseas after 1915. Died (of an illness) aged 37 in the UK on January 13, 1918. Buried in Yardley cemetery, Birmingham.
Pte A J Giles
Albert James Giles, an accountant’s clerk, 116 Company, the Machine Gun Corps. Formerly a private in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Born in Balsall Heath. Husband of Daisy Amy Wilkinson (formerly Giles), of 283 Highgate Road, Sparkbrook.
Died aged 30 on September 3, 1916.
Buried in Hamel Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
Pte S Hodson.
Samuel Hodson, a mail packer, of 1/7th Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment.
Lived at 15 St Johns Road Sparkhill.
Died of wounds on August 31, 1917. Buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery.
Pte J W Husbands
John William Husbands, 1/4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.
Husband of Edith Husbands, of 96 Church Rd, Moseley.
Died aged 39 on March 4, 1917. Buried Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, France.
Pte J Jenks
James Jenks, 1st Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment.
Son of James and Nellie Jenks, of 151 Hockley Hill, Birmingham.
Died aged 20 on August 1, 1917. No known grave – commemorated at the Menin Gate.
Pte E Lister
Edward Lister, a junior clerk, 14th (Service) Battalion, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Son of Lupton and Eliza Lister, of 21 Hugh Road, Small Heath.
Went to France on November 21, 1915.
Died aged 22 on July 23 1916 at High Wood, Somme. No known grave – commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
Pte D Oldaker
David Oldaker, an assistant mechanic, 1st Battalion, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Formerly of Somerset Light Infantry.
Family home at 1 Stratford Avenue.
Died aged 36 on October 18, 1916. No known grave – commemorated at Thiepval.
Pte J A Page
John Allen Page, a newspaper printer, 10th (Service) battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. Husband of Beatrice Golding (formerly Page), of The Vulcan Inn, New John Street West, Birmingham.
Lived at 38 Hampton St, Birmingham.
Died aged 35 on July 6, 1917. No known grave – commemorated at the Menin Gate.
Cpl E V Parker MM
Edward Vincent Parker, a newspaper clerk, 1/6th Battalion, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Son of George and Mary Parker, of 74 George Street, Balsall Heath.
An active church worker, he played cricket and football for St John’s RC teams. Worked in the commercial department of the Birmingham Daily Mail
Went to France with the battalion on March 22, 1915.
Killed in action, aged 26, on July 1 1916 in the battalion’s attack on the Serre Quadrilateral. No known grave – commemorated at Thiepval.
Pte G O Sanders
George Oscar Sanders, 2/9th Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry.
Conscripted into the Worcestershire Regiment on July 27, 1916 but soon transferred to the DLI. He was then aged 32 and married, employed as a printer and living at 32 Highgate Road, Sparkbrook.
Sanders had tried to enlist in 1914 but was quickly discharged, probably on medical grounds.
He went to Salonika in November 1916.
Died on August 4, 1918. Buried in Plovdiv Central Cemetery in Bulgaria, possibly in enemy captivity.
Pte F Smith,
Gloster Regiment No details.
Rfmn W H Smith
Possibly Lance Corporal William Henry Smith, a linotype operator, 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Son of William Henry Smith, of 32 Darwin Street, Birmingham. Husband of Maud Smith, of 265 Belbarn Road, Edgbaston.
Died of wounds aged 30 on March 10, 1915 following the battalion’s attack in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. No known grave – commemorated at the Le Touret Memorial.
Pte T Street
Possibly Theophilus Street, 10th (Service) Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment.
Died on March 21, 1918 at the beginning of Germany’s Operation “Michael” (the spring offensive on the Somme). No known grave – commemorated at the Arras Memorial.
Pte A Tyler
Albert Tyler, a printer, 3rd Battalion, the Coldstream Guards.
Born in Shifnal, Shropshire.
Thought to be married with four children and to have lived at 26 Hawkes Street, Small Heath.
Died on June 30, 1917 and buried in Artillery Wood cemetery near Ypres. A casualty while his battalion was holding trenches near Boesinghe.
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