Help us identify Borough casualties

So far, we have over 700 names on our list of those from places now in the Solihull Borough, or from the Solihull Rural District, who died as a result of their war service. However, we are struggling to identify in official records some of the people named on local memorials. This can be because there are too many people of the same name, or because we don’t have full names or service details, or because we have found possible individuals but can’t be sure of any local connection.

If you can help with information on any of the following, especially exact dates of death, please let us know:

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Can you help identify casualties from Hockley Heath?

The war memorial at Hockley Heath lists only initials and surnames, and doesn’t include details of rank, regiment, or year of death. This can make it difficult to research the casualties in official records.

We’re struggling to identify some of the people named, and would be very grateful if anyone can give us any further details on the following:

  • S Capewell
  • G Hawkins
  • J James
  • H J Keel
  • T Perkins

If you have any further information on any of these men, please let us know.

Tracey
Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

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

Can you help identify casualties from Castle Bromwich?

It can be very difficult to identify in official records people who who have minimum information included on the war memorial.

The war memorial at Castle Bromwich is one of several that lists only initials and surnames, not ranks, regiments or years of death. We are struggling to identify the following people who are mentioned on the memorial:

  • B. T. Harris (is this Benjamin James Thomas Harris, died on Royal Edward 13/8/1915?)
  • C. Stone
  • A. W. Watton

If you have any further information on these men, please let us know. We’re especially keen to know their full names and when they died, so that we can be sure that we remember them on the centenary of their deaths.

Tracey
Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

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

Can you help to identify casualties from Temple Balsall?

It can be very difficult to identify in official records people who have only minimum information included on the war memorial.

The Lychgate memorial at Temple Balsall is one of several that includes only names, not ranks, regiments or years of death. We are struggling to identify the following people who are mentioned on the memorial:

  • William Burley
  • Albert E. Lewis

If you have any further information on these men, please let us know. We’re especially keen to know when they died, so that we can be sure that we remember them properly on the centenary of their deaths.

Tracey
Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

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

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