Coronation Day 1937

Wednesday 12th May 1937 saw the coronation at Westminster Abbey in London of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The date had been chosen for the coronation of King Edward VIII who had become king on the death of his father George V in January 1936. Although, Edward VIII’s abdication in December resulted in a new king and queen on the throne, the coronation date of 12th May was retained.

In Solihull, the event was marked by a three-day carnival, which ran into the Whitsuntide weekend, and many of the villages now in the borough held their own celebrations.

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8th November 1918

Three men with a local connection died on 8th November 1918 – Gunner John Edward Herbert Harrison, 536th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery; Private Stephen Hastings, 2nd/4th Field Bakery, Royal Army Service Corps; and Sergeant Howard William Smith, 2nd Battalion (Knowle and Dorridge detachment), Royal Warwickshire Volunteers.

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1st October 1918

30-year-old Armourer-Corporal Edwin Baskerville Parry was killed in action on 1st October 1918 whilst serving with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was born in Birmingham on 11th December 1887 and was the eldest of the four children of parents Edwin (a builder) and Annie (née Tanner) who had married in Edgbaston in April 1887. It was Edwin’s second marriage, as his first wife, Caroline, had died in 1884, aged 31, leaving him with a young son, Arthur Edwin Parry (1875-1955).

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18th May 1918

Gunner Ralph George Baker, 309 Siege Battery, Honourable Artillery Company, died of pneumonia on 18th May 1918 in a German Hospital as a Prisoner of War. He was born in Handsworth on 12th July 1898, and was the second of the three sons of Charles (a jeweller) and Amelia (known as Minne) (née Deakin).

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