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South Staffordshire Regiment

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South Staffordshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adey William. Pte 8th Btn.
  • Anderson Valentine James. 12th Btn. (d.7th April 1916)
  • Bailey Francis Samuel. Cpl.
  • Baker Albert. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Ball William Ormsby Wyndham. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Sep 1914)
  • Barker Francis John. Sgt. 4th Battalion
  • Barratt Thomas. Pte. 7th Bn (d.27th July 1917)
  • Baskeyfield Harold. Pte. 24th Battalion
  • Bateman Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Dec 1917)
  • Battisson Joseph. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.4th October 1916)
  • Bedford Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Bedward Bertram Lonsdale. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.31st August 1916)
  • Betts George. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.27th October 1914)
  • Birch William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Bonner Singleton. Lt/Col. 1st Battalion (d.1st May 1917)
  • Boyden Charles Fred. Pte. 6th Btn. C Coy. (d.24th June 1916 )
  • Bratt Joseph Henry. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th May 1918)
  • Bricknell George. CSM. 8th Battalion, D Company (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Broadley James. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Broomfield Fred. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Bywater John William Arthur. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.27th Oct 1914)
  • Chambers Edwin. Rflmn. 33rd Btn. D Coy. (d.5th Oct 1918)
  • Chapman Charles Pease. Lt.
  • Charles Isaac. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.25th March 1918)
  • Clee James Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Cockeram Frank. Pte. 2nd Btn. D Coy. (d.10th March 1915)
  • Cowlishaw John Varley. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Daukes Archibald. Lt Col. 7th Btn.
  • Davis Francis. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn.
  • Dean Frederick. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1915)
  • Dean George. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.4th June 1917)
  • Dinsdale Thomas. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.8th January 1915)
  • Donnelly Robert. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Downes . Capt.
  • Downing Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Drew James Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th July 1916)
  • Evans John Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.13th May 1917)
  • Farnell Arthur Charles. Cpl. 8th (Service) Btn. (d.9th November 1916)
  • Foley Thomas William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.5th Nov 1914)
  • Foster Herbert William. Sgt. (d.17th September 1916)
  • Fullwood Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th April 1918)
  • Fulwell Albert. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.2nd July 1916 )
  • Gibbons Joseph Edwin. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th Oct 1918)
  • Green George W.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th July 1918)
  • Guest Henry. 1st Btn.
  • Hackett Percy. Pte. 2/5th Btn.
  • Hammond Sidney. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Hartshorne Richard. Pte. 8th. Btn. (d.3rd June 1917)
  • Hateley Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th May 1915)
  • Hawker Frederick. Pte. 7th Btn (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Hawthorne Frederick. L/Cpl. 1/5th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1916)
  • Heath Arthur. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st July 1915)
  • Herrington John. 2nd Lt. 9th Btn.
  • Hibbett Arthur Hubert. Pte. 1/5th Btn. 'A' Coy, No 2 Platoon
  • Homer George Frederick. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.13th Jun 1917)
  • Horton Arthur. Rfm. 7th Service Battalion (d.3rd Oct 1915)
  • Horton George William. Pte. 1st Btn., C Coy., 9th Platoon (d.14th July 1917)
  • Howl William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Hughes Ernest Percival. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • Hunt Thomas Edward. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th Jul 1918)
  • Hurst Nicholas Blythe. Pte 1st Battalion
  • Hutchinson Albert Isaac. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.17th Aug 1917)
  • Jarvis Henry. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Jinks Thomas Edward. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.5th July 1916)
  • Jones James. Pte.
  • Kilby Arthur Forbes Gordon. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Langston Samuel William. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Lewis Walter. Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.20th Oct 1915)
  • Lloyd Ewan Jack. Capt. 9th Btn.
  • Lloyd Horace. 2/5th Btn.
  • Maskell Frank. Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1918)
  • Mason James. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.19th December 1915)
  • Meeson Bernard . Pte. 7th Service Battalion (d.9th Dec 1917)
  • Morris Harold. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.9th Feb 1917)
  • Neeham James William. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.17th February 1917)
  • Nicholls Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th August 1916)
  • Norgrove Albert. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.30th Sept 1916)
  • Northwood Richard. Pte. 6th Service Battalion (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Osborne John Edward. 2nd Btn.
  • Osborne Thomas Chidley. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Feb 1915)
  • Osborne William George. 2nd Btn.
  • Phipps James. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.27th Sep 1916)
  • Pitt John. Pte. 1/6th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1915)
  • Platt George Henry. Sgt. 8th Battalion (d.13th Feb 1916)
  • Platt George Henry. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.13th Feb 1916)
  • Preece Joseph Edward. Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.12th October 1917)
  • Price George. Pte. 5th Btn. A Coy. (d.13th Oct 1915)
  • Price Richard Frank. Pte. 5th Btn. A Company, 4 Platoon
  • Probert James Francis Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Radford Charles Edward. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.19th Nov 1917)
  • Reece William. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.1st July 1917)
  • Rochelle George. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.30th September 1916)
  • Sanders Alfred. Cpl.
  • Shaw George Edward. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Shepherd Enoch. Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Sheridan James John. CQSM. (d.28th Jan 1916)
  • Shotton Walter Albert. Signals (d.1st July 1916)
  • Smith Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.28th Oct 1914)
  • Smith Frederick Leonard . Sgt. 2nd/6th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Somerfield John Parkes. Pte. 1st/5th Bn. A Coy. (d.26th June 1916)
  • Sorrell WIlliam John. A/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.17th February 1917)
  • Southall Albert. Pte. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Stamp Robert. Pte.
  • Street Cecil Edward. Pte. (d.17 July 1915)
  • Talbot William Henry. Pte. 10th Battalion
  • Tapper Ernest. L/Sgt. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.26th June 1917)
  • Taylor J.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Thompson James. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.1918)
  • Vallentin John Franks. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Walters James. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • White George. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • White Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th April 1917)
  • Williams J.. A/Sjt. 5th Btn.
  • Woodhouse John William. Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.27th November 1914)
  • Wright William. 2nd Lt. 2nd Battalion (d.17th Feb 1917)

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Pte. Richard Northwood 6th Service Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment (d.1st Jul 1916)

I was invited by my boss to visit France (100th anniversary of WW1) to tour the Western front. He knew of a relative who had served during the Great War, and who had lost his life during the conflict. He asked if I had any relatives who had served at the time, I replied that I was unsure, but had seen a photo of a young man in WW1 battle dress at my Mother's home some years ago.

And so my investigation began. My first question was did my Mom know any information on the young man? All she knew for sure was that his name was Richard Northwood, he was the elder brother of my maternal grandmother and he had lied about his age on joining up. He had told the army he was 18 when in fact he was 16! As I looked at the photo, under a magnifying glass, I recognised the cap badge to be a Staffordshire knot. This was my starting point, but what division? On line, those who knew the answers wanted to be paid for their services. Not being tight, but still getting back on my feet after being made redundant some 12 months prior, I was reluctant to pay the fees, although they were reasonable. With some perseverance, and a fair amount of luck, I managed to find out that he served in the 6th Battalion of the South Staffs.

He arrived in France, after being based in Wolverhampton, then Luton, Bishops Stortford, in April 1915. He saw action at Hooge and was involved in the attack on Hohenzollern redoubt in October of that year. On 23rd December he was ordered to Egypt where he spent just a few days before being ordered to return to France. On July 1st 1916 the order came to attack Gommecourt in a diversionary attack. Richard was killed in the assault aged just 18.

Peter Brackenridge


Capt. Arthur Forbes Gordon Kilby VC MC 2nd Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.25th Sep 1915)

Arthur Kilby was killed in action on the 25th of September 1915.

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 30th March, 1916, records the following :- "For most conspicuous bravery. Captain Kilby was specially selected at his own request, and on account of the gallantry which he had previously displayed on many occasions, to attack with his Company a strong enemy redoubt. The Company charged along the narrow towpath, headed by Captain Kilby, who, though wounded at the outset, continued to lead his men right up to the enemy wire under a devastating machine gun fire and a shower of bombs. Here he was shot down, but, although his foot had been blown off, he continued to cheer on his men and to use a rifle. Captain Kilby has been missing since the date of the performance of this great act of valour, and his death has now to be presumed."

Captain Kilby's heroism was acknowledged by the German defenders who erected a memorial cross at the location of his death. His body was eventually found on 19 February 1929 and interred at Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt.

s flynn


Pte. John Varley Cowlishaw 8th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.3rd July 1916)

John Cowlishaw died on the 3rd July 1916, aged 26. Buried in Plot I. B. 85 in the Norfolk Cemetery in France. Previously he had been wounded at the Dardanelles. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Cowlishaw of Bradford, Yorks; husband of Annie Cowlishaw, of 207, Somerville Rd., Small Heath, Birmingham

s flynn


L/Sgt. Ernest Tapper 2nd/5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.26th June 1917)

Ernest Tapper was born in Walsall in 1892, he enlisted in Walsall and served in the South Staffordshire Regiment with the 2nd/5th battalion. His battalion landed at Le Havre in France on 25/02/1917 and during the period 14/03/17 - 05/04/17 were involved in the German Retreat to the Hindenburg line.

Ernest was killed in action on 26th June 1917 when he was blown up on a gun carriage. His residence at the time of his death was 31 Poole Street, Walsall. His regimental number was 200606 and his rank was Lance Sergeant. After the war he was posthumously awarded the Victory medal

s flynn


Pte. Isaac Charles 1st/5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.25th March 1918)

Isaac Charles was killed in action on 25th March 1918. Isaac lived at Pelsall, Staffordshire and had 12 brothers and sisters. I was lucky enough to visit the town and the South Staffs Regimental Museum in 2010 where there is a copy of the war diaries from March 1918. Isaac was mentioned in the diary by name.

s flynn


Pte. John Parkes Somerfield 1st/5th Bn. A Coy. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.26th June 1916)

John Somerfield was killed in action on the 26th of June 1916, aged 20. He is buried in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of Amos and Mary Ann Somerfield, of 53 Croft St., Walsall, Staffs.

s flynn


Cpl. Enoch Shepherd MM. 8th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment (d.12th Oct 1917)

Enoch Shepherd was a miner in Willenhall before volunteering in 1915. Like so many, July 1915 would be the last time he would live with his family. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, but I have no idea why. He died during the first battle of Passchendaele, 12th October 1917. The war diary states that hundreds were cut down by machine gun.

He left a widow, Annie, and two children. He never saw the birth of his son, Enoch jr, born a month after his death. Such a life influencing legacy.

Mark Shepherd


Sgt. George Henry Platt 8th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.13th Feb 1916)

George Platt died on the 13th of February 1916, aged 29 and is buried in Etaples Military cemetery in France. He eft behind his beloved wife Mrs Mary Louisa Platt & 3yr old son Leslie Joseph Platt of 40 Dale Street, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.

s flynn


Pte. George W. Green 2nd Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.13th July 1918)

George Green was killed in action on the 13th of July 1918. He is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery in France.

s flynn


Pte. Joseph Hateley 1st Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.20th May 1915)

Joseph Hateley died of wounds on 20th of May 1915 through loss of blood, his arm having been blown off by a shell, he was aged 33. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France, he was the son of Joseph Henry and Anne Hateley, of Walsall, Staffs. and husband of Gertrude Fallon (formerly Hateley), of 24 Chester St., Liverpool. Joseph was a caster by trade and formerly employed by Messrs. Mason and Burns, of Pleck Road, Walsall.

s flynn


Pte. John Thomas Evans 1st Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.13th May 1917)

My Great Uncle, Jack Evan, was killed in action on 13th May 1917 aged 24 in Bullecourt, Arras whilst fighting with the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment.

In 1916 he enlisted with the Royal Army Ordnance Core as Pte 017831 prior to enlisting with the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment. On May 13th 1917 his regiment was ordered to attack the heavily fortified village of Bullecourt along with the Australians. The village was believed to have been weakened by days of heavy bombardment, unfortunately this was not the case & the battle was vicious & costly as these gallant men were caught in a bloody crossfire at a location known as the Red Patch. After three days Bullecourt was taken with the loss of two Officers & 37 men killed.

He is commemorated on Bay 6 of the Arras Memorial in the Pas De Calais Cemetery on the Boulevard du General de Gaulle on the South of the road to Doullens. He is also commemorated on two memorials locally. The cross in Tremeirchion & the memorial hall in Caerwys.

Dilwyn Parry Lloyd


Pte. George Dean 7th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.4th June 1917)

George Dean died on the 4th of June 1917, aged 22. Buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of William and Amelia Dean, of Back 72 Green Lane, Walsall.

s flynn


Pte. George Frederick Homer 9th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.13th Jun 1917)

George Homer was a grocery shop manager who had 3 young chidren ,the youngest being my wifes Grandmother who was 2 years old

Paul Myatt


Pte. George Price 5th Btn. A Coy. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.13th Oct 1915)

George Price was my Grandfather Richard's older brother, they enlisted together. They both came from a large family who lived in Wall Heath Staffordshire. I have my grandfather's three WWI service medals, a photo plus a moving letter he wrote to his parents on the 19th October 1915 which in a round about way breaks the news to his parents that George has been killed. My grandfather would have been about 17 years of age and George was 19. George was killed in action on 13th October 1915 at the Battle of Loos. He has no known grave.



Pte. Joseph Henry Bratt 9th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.15th May 1918)

Joseph Bratt was the son of Cyril and Edith Bratt of Pool End, Rudyard, Leek, Staffs.


Horace Lloyd 2/5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment

My father, Horace Lloyd, 2/5 South Staffs T.F., is listed as wounded on the War Office Weekly Casualty List, Aug. 14th 1917, but in France 4.9.1916-28.7.1917. A shell landed in his trench. Three other men sitting around a card table with him were killed - he was blown into no-man's land then invalided to UK. I would like to know where the 2/5 S. Staffs were fighting at that time. He later became Pte 39868 Worc. Regiment.

Norman Lloyd


Cpl. Francis Samuel Bailey South Staffordshire Regiment

My grandfather Sam Bailey enlisted on the 11th March 1914, with the South Staffordshire Regiment. He was a Lewis machine gunner and later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. On 29th June 1917 he took control of his unit due to his DCO being wounded. He overran the enemy and held the position whilst reinforcements were brought in. He was awarded a medal for Bravery In The Field. His demob was in Feb 1919. I have all his medals, enlistment form, active service pay book and demob notice. Along with this there are photographs, notice from his CO of his award and a newspaper notice.

Iain Bailey


Pte. James Thomas Clee MSM. 1st Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment

James Clee was a serving member of the South Staffordshire Regiment when war broke out, stationed in South Africa. He arrived in France in October 1914. He was an army boxer and won many boxing medals in service. James survived a gas attack in the early part of the war and this affected him greatly in his later years. He was machine gunned in his leg and captured by Germans, not sure when but think it was during the battle of the Somme in 1916. German doctors inserted metal plates into his leg which saved him losing it.He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, in May 1919, for devotion of duty and valuable services rendered whist a prisoner of war, as recorded in the London Gazette, January 1920, as well as the Pip, Squeak and Wilfred medals. (British War Medal, The Victory Medal and The 1914 Star). After the war he returned to Bradley, Bilston, then part of Staffordshire, but because of injuries sustained from the war was never able to work properly again. James died from lung problems in 1949 aged 55 years.

Alan Baldwin


L/Cpl. Albert Isaac Hutchinson 7th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.17th Aug 1917)

Albert Isaac Hutchinson was my maternal grandfather. My mother was born in February 1916 and, as far as I am aware, Albert only saw his youngest daughter once. My mother often spoke about finding his grave - all she knew was that it was in Belgium. It was not until after she passed away in May 2000 that I managed to find where he is buried, and my own daughter and I are going to visit his grave in August 2016. I have discovered only today that his record contains very little personal information - I do not know his date or place of birth for example, and the cemetery record does not have any detail of his wife, Ettie Alexandra Hutchinson. The home that he shared with Ettie and their two daughters was in the Leicester area.



Pte. James Henry Drew 1st Btn. South Staffs Regiment (d.14th July 1916)

James Drew was born on 7th September 1894 to John and Ann Maria Drew (nee Hayward). He was born and lived in West Bromwich at 25 Farley Street near Great Bridge. He was a glassblower by trade, a highly skilled craftsman in our area, which is famous for its crystal glassware.

He enlisted on 20th December, 1915 and was awarded the 1915 Star, as well as the British War and Victory Medals. He married Lilian Ellen Gough on 5th December 1914 and they had a little boy James H, born in the Jul-Sept Quarter of 1915. He died at the Somme on 14th July 1916 and is commemorated at the Thiepval Cemetery in France. He was just 22 years old. His parents were to lose another son, William in 1917 to the War. Joseph served in the Royal Flying Corps as it was then and survived. Unfortunately, I do not have any images of James - only of his parents. James was formerly with the Royal Scots, 26557.

Yvonne Richards

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