2nd November 1918

Sergeant William Henry Wedge, 2nd/6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was killed in action on 2nd November 1918. Born in Birmingham in 1898, he was the only son of parents, William Henry Wedge (a stamper in a cycle works) and Martha Higgins, who had married at St Martin’s Church, Birmingham on 31st January 1897.

By 1911, the family had moved to the Prince of Wales Inn, High Street, Solihull Lodge, where William (senior) was the licensee. The couple also had three daughters – Lilian (born 1899) and twins Doris Eveline and Irene Minetta. Doris died in 1911, aged under one.

It seems that the family remained at the Prince of Wales Inn until at least 1939. William died in 1921 and his eldest daughter, Lilian, married Thomas G Clark in 1925, with Thomas taking over as landlord of the Prince of Wales by 1939.

We don’t known when William (junior) enlisted in the Army but he was presumably called up around the time of his 18th birthday so is likely to have served for two years at most before being killed.

He is buried at Crucifix Cemetery, Vendegies-sur-Ecaillon, France and is commemorated locally on Shirley war memorial.

If you have any further information, please let us know.

Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

tel.: 0121 704 6977
email: heritage@solihull.gov.uk

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