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29th December 1915

The last of the known casualties from places now within the Solihull Borough to die in 1915 died on 29th December 1915.

Eric Arthur Walker, who enlisted as a Private with the Warwickshire Yeomanry before being commissioned on 26th February 1915 as Second Lieutenant 9th Battalion (attached 6th Battalion) King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He first entered a Theatre of War on 16th October 1915, just over two months before he died on 29th December, aged 20.

Corporal Archibald Haye Neill, 1st Garrison Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died in Sudan and is buried in Khartoum Military Cemetery. His name was added to the Hampton-in-Arden War Memorial in 2015, 100 years after his death.

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24th December 1915

Captain George Pottinger Cox was killed in action on Christmas Eve 1915, aged 22, serving with the 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. His surname, Cox, was actually the name of his step-father, by which he seems to have been known after the remarriage of his widowed mother when he was aged one. His birth surname was Innocent.

He was born on 15th January 1893 in Tientsin [Tianjin], China where his father and grandfather had both been Methodist missionaries.  His parents, Rev. George Morrison Hallam Innocent and Florence Elizabeth Pottinger had married in England in February 1892 whilst Rev. Innocent was on furlough from his missionary post, having attended the Methodist Conference 1891 in Leeds. In April 1892, the newlyweds set sail from London aboard the S.S. Glengyle. However, midway on the journey, Rev. Innocent was taken ill with haemorrhagic purpura and died on 30th May 1892, about 138 miles from Hong Kong. The ship put into port there next day and Rev. Innocent was buried in Happy Valley Cemetery, aged 32.

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15th December 1915

Two local non-commissoned officers (NCOs) were killed in action on 15th December 1915:

  • Corporal Percy Taylor Broomfield of Marston Green, serving with 15th Battalion (2nd Birmingham), Royal Warwickshire Regiment
  • Corporal Charles Henry Stone of Castle Bromwich

Neither man was born in these parishes – both had moved from their birthplace and settled in the area.

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10th December 1915

We don’t have much information on Henry George Perkins who was killed in action in Gallipoli on 10th December 1915 whilst serving as a Private with the 7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He is buried at Azmak Cemetery, Suvla Bay, Turkey and is also commemorated on the Solihull war memorial. Soldiers Died in the Great War says he was born in Birmingham and lived in Solihull at the time he enlisted.

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9th December 1915

Thomas Freeman of Hockley Heath died of wounds on 9th December 1915 whilst serving as a Private with the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He is buried in France at Sailly-sur-la-Lys Canadian Cemetery and also commemorated locally on Hockley Heath village war memorial, and on memorials at St Thomas’s Church, Hockley Heath, and Umberslade Baptist Church.

He was commemorated at a service on 3rd September 1916 at St Patrick’s Church, Salter Street, which gave his date of birth as 27th March 1886. This would suggest that his full name was Thomas Ernest Freeman, son of Ellen Freeman, and who was baptised at St Thomas’s Church, Nuthurst on 25th July 1886. Umberslade war memorial also includes mention of a T.E. Freeman. There is another baptism of a Thomas Freeman at Nuthurst on 27th December 1885, but this family seems to have moved to Bordesley by 1891 and stayed there whereas Soldiers Died in the Great War suggests that the Thomas Freeman who died on 9th December 1915 was resident at Hockley Heath when he enlisted.

It looks as if Thomas grew up living with his grandparents, Charles (1828-1899) and Susannah (1832-1908) and two of their sons who were only ten and eight years older than their nephew, Thomas. His mother, Ellen, a domestic servant, married James Ganderton, a labourer, at St Mary Magdalene Church, Tanworth-in-Arden on Christmas Day 1890, when Thomas would have been four years old.

After spending a few years in Tanworth, the couple moved to James’s home town of Beoley, Worcestershire around 1900, and they remained there until at least 1911. They had 13 children, of whom one died in infancy.

One of James and Ellen’s son, James Frederick Ganderton, is also known to have joined the Machine Gun Corps when he was aged 18 years and one month. He enlisted on 10th December 1915, the day after his half-brother Thomas was killed. James was posted to Army Reserve the day after he enlisted and was not mobilised until 30th September 1918. He was invalided out of the Army, aged 21, in February 1919 with chronic bronchitis, which it was noted on his service record was not attributable to his war service. He died on 10th June 1920, by which time his mother was living in Highgate Road, Sparkbrook. He is buried at Brandwood End Cemetery, Birmingham. Ellen Ganderton’s death, aged 70, was registered in Birmingham between January-March 1940.

If you have any more information about Thomas Freeman, please let us know.

Tracey
Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

tel.: 0121 704 6934
email: heritage@solihull.gov.uk

 

 

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8th December 1915

Three men with a local connection died on 8th December 1915:

  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Talbot Burney Croft, who died in a flying accident at Castle Bromwich
  • Private Charles James, who was born in Olton
  • Lieutenant Sidney Smith, who lived in Castle Bromwich

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7th December 1915

William Hands Perkins was born in 1892 in Weston-sub-Edge, Gloucestershire, and was baptised there on 27th November 1892, the sixth child of George Frederick Perkins (a labourer) and his wife, Rose (née Court). William was killed in action at the age of 23 on 7th December 1915 serving as a Private in the 6th Battalion Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

At first sight, it’s not clear why he’s commemorated locally at Hockley Heath and UmbersladeSoldiers Died in the Great War gives his birthplace and residence as Weston-sub-Edge, although he enlisted in Birmingham. His parents appear to have remained in Weston all their lives, as did his youngest brother, Allen Nelson Perkins, whose burial, aged 71,  is recorded in the parish registers there in 1971. William himself is recorded on the 1901 census in Weston but isn’t there with his parents in 1911 and we haven’t been able to track him down elsewhere.

However, researching William’s siblings sheds some light on the local connection. Although in Gloucestershire, Weston-sub-Edge is only about 26 miles from Hockley Heath and, as is often the case with migration, it looks as if one family member moved first, to be then followed by others.

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