Private Edmund Yapp, 6th Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, was killed in action on 30th June 1916 and is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Belgium. Born in the Bickenhill area, Soldiers Died in the Great War records was living in Shirley at the time he enlisted in the Army.
Lance Corporal Clive Charteris Latch died of wounds, aged 25, on 28th June 1916 whilst serving with the 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was admitted to hospital on 25th June 1916, suffering from a gunshot wound to the “upper extremities” and a compound fracture of the wound. He was transferred to the sick convoy the following day and died in hospital in Rouen two days later.
Temporary Second Lieutenant Thomas Jessop Weiss, aged 27, died of wounds on 27th June 1916, serving with the 151st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (although some sources do record that he was killed in action). He apparently lived at Mount Pleasant, Berkswell and was described by the Vicar of Berkswell in the Coventry Evening Telegraph, 3rd August 1916, as a “quiet, retiring man… esteemed for his generous nature and straightforward simplicity of life.”
Thomas is buried at Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, France and is also commemorated on Berkswell War Memorial.
Three local men lost their lives on 16th June 1916:
- Corporal Henry Elliott, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
- Bombardier Edward Henry Prince, Royal Field Artillery
- Sergeant Leonard Wilson, Royal Field Artillery
Henry Elliott is buried at the Fauborg d’Amiens Cemetery in Arras, France. Edward Prince and Leonard Wilson are both buried at Hebuterne Military Cemetery in the Pas de Calais, about 20 km south-west of Arras.
30-year-old Private William Thomas Badger was the first person on the Catherine-de-Barnes war memorial to be killed in the war. He died at No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station of wounds sustained at Mount Sorrel, Belgium and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. He was serving as a Private with the 3rd Battalion Canadian Pioneers, having emigrated to Canada by 1906.
19-year-old Private John Henry Cooper died of wounds on 12th June 1916 whilst serving with the 1st/6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. A gas fitter by trade, he was born in Small Heath but spent part of his childhood in Knowle, where his parents lived from at least 1900 until at least 1903, and where his father, John, had been born.
By 1911, the family had moved to Balsall Heath, Birmingham where John Henry’s father was working as a caster with Birmingham Corporation. Soldiers Died in the Great War indicates that John Henry was living in Sparkbrook when he enlisted in the Army. He was not entitled to a 1914 or 1914/15 Star, indicating that he didn’t serve overseas during 1914 or 1915.
John Henry Cooper is buried at Couin British Cemetery, France. He is also commemorated locally at Knowle, which suggests that the family still had a connection with the village, despite having moved away when John Henry was a small child.
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Second Lieutenant Frank Dudley Evans from Castle Bromwich died of wounds on 9th June 1916 after a flying accident at Bristol. He was 18 years old and was serving with the 4th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, attached to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC).
The Newcastle Journal 12th June 1916 reported that the engine of his [Avro 504] biplane misfired at about 150 feet, but that he continued climbing to about 400 feet when the aircraft made a very flat turn and nosedived to the ground. Lieutenant Evans suffered a fractured skull. His coffin was draped in a Union Flag, topped with a large floral cross from his comrades, and was borne back to Castle Bromwich on a transport wagon by officers and men of the Royal Flying Corps. His funeral was held at St Mary & St Margaret’s Church, with the choir singing “Lead, Kindly Light” and the large congregation included a uniformed detachment of Red Cross auxiliary nurses, of whom his mother was an officer.
28-year-old William Stanley Morgan was killed in action on 6th June 1916, serving as a Corporal with the 1st/6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
He was born in Bordesley in 1888, and was the second of three sons born to parents John Crutchley Morgan, grocer, and his wife Annie Beatrice (née Holworthy). The family moved from Bordesley to Castle Bromwich sometime between 1901 and 1912. Trade directories show John Crutchley Morgan living at Coniston, The Green, Castle Bromwich in 1912, and Fairview, Castle Bromwich in 1913. The family had moved to Bordesley Green by 1916.
Four young men from the Solihull area lost their lives on 4th June 1916 whilst on active service in the First World War: Private Matthew Richard Barlow; Private Stanley Holt; Lance Corporal Austin Geoffrey Leigh (all serving with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment); and Second Lieutenant Philip Leslie Patterson, North Staffordshire Regiment. All four men were aged between 17 and 21.