Remembrance: Pte 306722 David Caulton

Here is another in my occasional series about the men commemorated on the war memorial in the churchyard to St James, Ogley Hay, in the West Midlands of England. There is no particular order to these posts. Previously, I have tried to focus on the actions that the men were involved in, but for many … Continue reading Remembrance: Pte 306722 David Caulton

Remembrance: Pte. C Dennis

It is rare to find men named Dennis commemorated on war memorials, as most of them were miners, or in other reserved occupations, so it was a surprise to find one C Dennis on the cenotaph at Fazeley, Staffordshire, near to Tamworth. So who was he? Was he related to me?

Lest we forget: Pte. 1680 H.S. Sanders

Further exploration of the men commemorated on the war memorial in the churchyard to St James, Ogley Hay. The bald fact is that Private Hubert Sedgwick Sanders was killed by an enemy sniper on 5th May 1915, during fierce fighting for Hill 60, in the second battle of Ypres.  But there is more of local … Continue reading Lest we forget: Pte. 1680 H.S. Sanders

Private 47100 Joseph Tongue

Further exploration of the men commemorated by the cenotaph at St James, Ogley Hay, in my home town of Brownhills, in the West Midlands.  This is prompted by a request submitted to BrownhillsBob by a great granddaughter.

Private 9704 William Bromley

Further exploration of those commemorated on the war memorial at St James, Brownhills, West Midlands. Private 9704. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 29 Jun 1915. Sth Staffs Regt, 2nd Battalion, D Company. 1911 census: Lichfield Road, Brownhills, William Bromley, boarder with William and Sarah Ann Sands, colliery labourer underground. Not far from Railway Tavern. … Continue reading Private 9704 William Bromley

George Dorsett (in memoriam)

In just one month’s time we will be remembering the dead from two world wars and other conflicts.  Here is another of my humble efforts to find out about those commemorated on the war memorial that stands in the churchyard to St James, Ogley Hay, in my home town of Brownhills in the West Midlands.

Worcester

Last week I stayed at Summerfield, just outside Kidderminster.  On Wednesday I doubled up boat-hunting with a trip to Worcester.  Here are few pictures of the cathedral and a few other things that caught my eye. My main objective was Diglis Basin, but as I approached the cathedral the rain began.  But first, one of … Continue reading Worcester

There’s something about Benjamin

Continuing my review of Ancestry’s ThruLines suggestions as to my ancestors.  This time it’s fourth great grandfather Benjamin Wildman, father of Mary Wildman, whom I considered last time.  I already had a Benjamin Wildman in my tree, too, based on the baptism of Mary, but, while I had a birth date of 1750, ThruLines led … Continue reading There’s something about Benjamin