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8th May 1915

8th May 1915 saw the deaths of two men with a connection to places now in the Solihull Borough:

  • Private Harry Betts, 8th Battalion, Australian Infantry (previously of Castle Bromwich)
  • Major John Cecil Lancaster, 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (member of the North Warwickshire Hunt)

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25th April 1915

Having emigrated from England to Australia in about 1912, sculptor Percy Walker Corser joined the Australian Infantry of the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 14th August 1914, aged 27 years and five months. He was killed at Gallipoli eight months later on 25th April 1915.

He was described in contemporary newspapers as the youngest surviving son of architect Benjamin Corser and his wife, Frances Emily (née Walker), which is especially interesting, as Percy actually had a twin brother.

His twin brother, Sydney Montague Corser served as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War. He later became a bank official and died in 1976, aged 89. The twins were born at Olton on 3rd March 1887. They had two older brothers, Robert (born 1884) and Charles (born 1886), a younger sister, Phoebe (born 1889) and a younger brother, Inglis (born 1890).

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