Join former Birmingham Poet Laureate, Spoz, and Heritage & Local Studies Librarian, Tracey Williams, for a short guided walk around the historic heart of Solihull on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 10:30am.
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.
Former Able Seaman Higher Grade Arthur Whitworth, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, died in Queen’s Hospital, Birmingham as a result of infective endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart). He had be demobilised on 5th January 1919 and is not listed on the Commonwealth War Graves website, although his gravestone notes that he “died from illness contracted in service.”
24-year-old Corporal Luther Thomas Hammond, who served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and the Royal Air Force , died at Hill House Farm, Lapworth on 11th March 1919. The cause of death was listed on his service record as cerebral meningitis (non-tubercular). He is buried in a private grave and does not appear to be listed in Commonwealth War Graves records.
Private Charles Haines, 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, died of pneumonia on 7th March 1919 at the University War Hospital, Southampton. His death certificate gives his age as 22, but his grave in Knowle churchyard gives his age as 21.
Lance Corporal Charles Harold Woodfield died at the 64th Casualty Clearing Station in Germany on 5th March 1919. He was 30 years old and was serving with the Royal Army Service Corps.
Second Lieutenant William Narey Boocock, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died of influenza and pneumonia at 77 Pembroke Road, Bristol on 3rd March 1919, aged 26. The family home was at Ben Ryhdding, Warwick Road, Acocks Green and, as a Roman Catholic, he was buried at Olton Franciscan Friary, Solihull.
Captain Philip Dennis Bennett, 5th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died at home in Edgbaston on 24th February 1919 as a result of influenza.
Henry Cecil Johnson, aged 31, died at home in Knowle on 22nd February 1919. He is buried in Knowle churchyard and his gravestone notes that he “died from injuries received in the Great War.” He served as a Private with the 1st/6th Royal Warwickshire Regiment T.F. from September 1914 until transfer to the Labour Corps in December 1917 and then to the Railway Transportation Service, Royal Engineers in June 1918.