Private 39588 Edward Price

New: First World War soldier from Brownhills killed in action 100 years ago today.

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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

The Polesworth miner

Recently, I passed through Polesworth, near Tamworth, in Staffordshire, as I continue to explore England’s canal network, this time on the Coventry Canal.  George’s life story is confusing. Transcription Memories of Pooley Mine I stood and watched as they pull it down, the blackened gear head of Pooley Mine. the big black wheels rock and … Continue reading The Polesworth miner

Slow boat to Banbury Cross

Where have I been? My last post about travels along the cut was from Wombourne, Staffordshire, where my ancestral boatmen seemed to have been based.  I continued south along the Staffs & Worcs Canal, as it were, in their wake. My first mishap was at Limekiln Bridge, Kidderminster.

Gnosall Heath

Continuing my journey in Evans’ wake. I had been to Gnosall many times in my cycling years, but, apart from thinking the canalside was a  colourful view, and the Boat Inn a pleasant lunch venue, I had passed through without noticing much else.  Having cruised up from Norbury Junction, I found a nice shady spot … Continue reading Gnosall Heath

High Offley

Just a short trip today:  about two hours to just short of the Anchor Inn, by Anchor Bridge (42).  It was windy and the head wind made a real difference.  Normally, I pass moored boats at about 1,000 rpm (a pity so many don’t!), but needed 1,300 to maintain headway.