3rd October 1918

32-year-old Private Joseph Adams, 15 Platoon, D Company, 6th Battalion South Wales Borderers, died on 3rd October 1918 as a prisoner of war. Born in London in 1886, he was the eldest of three children born to parents Joseph and Katherine Alice (née Pausey/Pawsey) who had married at St Giles Cripplegate in 1885. Joseph was a hotel manager and, sometime between 1891-1901, the family moved to Knowle, where Joseph managed the Greswolde Hotel.

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27th September 1918

Three officers with a local connection lost their lives on active service on 27th September 1918 – Major Percival Charles Edwards DCM, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment; Captain Edgar Godfrey Izon, 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment; and Lieutenant Maurice Jones, of the East Lancashire Regiment, attached to the 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. The 14th and 15th Warwicks were attacking African Trench on 27th September, the first day of the Battle of the Canal du Nord. The trench was 1500 yards west of the village of Gouzeaucourt.

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3rd September 1918

Private Frank Bryan died on 3rd September 1918 whilst serving in France with the 1st Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry.

He was born on 16th May 1887 although some sources suggest he was born in Oxfordshire, and others indicate he was born in Brailes, Warwickshire. It looks as if his mother, Hannah (sometimes recorded as Annie) married Frank Pratt in 1889.

By 1911, he was a gardener boarding in Dorridge Cottages, Knowle with the family of Alfred Marshall, landscape gardener.

It seems that he enlisted in December 1917. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Roll gives his mother as Hannah, 15 George Road, Hay Mills.

Frank Bryan died as a result of enemy action and is buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France. He is commemorated in the Soldiers’ Chapel, Knowle.

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

Tracey
Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

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

Self-build housing in Solihull

They Made It Happen! exhibition in the Heritage Gallery on the first floor of The Core Library, Solihull from July-September 2018 celebrated the self-build housing associations which were set up by people so desperate for a home of their own to rent that they built their own, and then rented it from the housing association. At the time, they had no expectation of being able to buy the houses although, when regulations were relaxed a few years later, most were subsequently able to buy.

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28th June 1918

Three men with a local connection lost their lives on active service on 28th June 1918:

  • Private Harry Cross, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
  • Private Robert Henry Smith, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
  • Private George Henry Taylor, 12th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment

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20th May 1918

25-year-old Corporal William Reginald Finley, 1st Life Guards, died of wounds on 20th May 1918 after being injured by an aerial bomb some days before. Born in Bentley Heath, Solihull in 1892, he was the only son of parents William Robert and Elizabeth (née Ravenhill) who had married in Aston in 1889. The couple also had four daughters.

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14th April 1918

Four local men lost their lives on 14th April 1918 whilst on active service. Private George Bellamy, Labour Corps; Gunner Francis Thomas East, 83rd Battery, 11th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, Lance Corporal Walter Mucklow, 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and Private John Tonks, 2nd/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

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