28th April 1919

Captain Edwin Tufnell Hayne DSC DFC, Royal Air Force, died in a flying accident on 28th April 1919 when his plane suffered engine failure after taking off from Castle Bromwich aerodrome. He was a flying ace, credited with destroying 15 enemy aircraft during the war. He continued his RAF career after hostilities ended, flying with No.14 Aircraft Acceptance Park (AAP) from March 1919.

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31st December 1918

Captain William Leefe Robinson VC died of cardiac arrest resulting from influenza. He died at Lavender Cottage, Harrow Weald, Middlesex after serving throughout the war.

He was born in India on 14th July 1895, and was the youngest of seven children. His was educated at St Bees College, Cumbria 1909-1914, and extracts from letters to his mother show he hoped to gain entrance to Sandhurst after leaving school and obtain a commission in either the Indian Army or British Army.

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23rd October 1918

Five men with a local connection died on 23rd October 1918:

  • Lance Corporal Harry Matthew Bradburn, 20th Battalion Manchester Regiment
  • Private Oliver Cranmer, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
  • Corporal Frederick Alfred Johnson, A Battery, 115th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
  • Shoeing Smith Frank Selfe, Z Battery, 5th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery
  • Private John Howard Whittle, 1st/8th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

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28th May 1918

Private Samuel Andrews was killed on 28th May 1918 whilst serving with the 8th Battalion Machine Gun Corps. Born in Sutton Coldfield in 1887, Samuel was the third of the eight children (six sons, two daughters) of parents James (a coachman) and Maria (née Marshall).

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23rd January 1918

Two Canadian officers with a local connection lost their lives on 23rd January  1918 whilst on active service. Second Lieutenant Ralph Gordon Hall, and Second Lieutenant Reginald Douglas Hamilton, both aged 19 and serving with the Royal Flying Corps, died in a flying accident at Castle Bromwich when their aeroplanes collided with each other.

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