The war memorial of St Mary’s RC Church consists of a stained glass window and brass plaque. The window has three lancet panels. The centre one contains a figure of Christ on the cross with a priest below raising the sacrament. The left-hand window contains a figure of St Michael and three men in uniform praying below. The right-hand window contains a figure of St George with three men in uniform below in prayer. There is a brass plaque in a wooden frame with the inscription and the names of the men in coloured letters. The inscription reads:
IHS. THIS WINDOW IS DEDICATED TO THE HONOUR OF GOD AND IN THE UNDYING MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND THEIR SOULS TO GOD IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918.
The following men are named on the memorial for their service in the Great War of 1914-1918.
(I will be researching each man in due course).
Vaughan, George Edmund, Major, MC
George lived at Blackladies when war broke out. He served as a Major in the 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. He was killed in action on 15th September 1916, at the age of 35. He is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery (Plot XIV, Row A, Grave 5), in Longueval, Somme, France.
Asprey, Bernard Noel, 2nd Lieutenant
Bell (or Bill), John, Private 46421
John was born in Brewood, the son of John and Caroline Bill, of Shop Lane, and was living in Brewood when war broke out. He enlisted in Hednesford and served as a Private in the South Staffordshire Regiment. He died in England at the age of 18 on the 24th September 1917 and was buried near the south-east corner of the churchyard.
Bradley, Patrick, Private 3170
Patrick was born in Brewood and was a resident when war broke out. He enlisted in Wolverhampton and served as a Private in the 1st/6th (Territorial Force) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, and was attached 172nd Company, Royal Engineers. He was killed in action on 6th June 1915 and was buried in Perth Cemetery, (Plot III, Row G, Grave 6), China Wall, Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium.
Donlon (or Doulon), Ernest Louis, Private 9290
Ernest was born in Brewood and was living there when war broke out. He enlisted in Lichfield and served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 17th May 1915 and has no known grave. He is commmemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Panel 21 and 22, Pas de Calais, France.
Green, William, Private 3847, Private 39967
William was born in Brewood. He married of Ellen Bethell (formerly Green), of Newport Street, and was living in Brewood when war broke out. He enlisted in Himley, Worcestershire. He served as a Private in South Staffordshire Regiment, then as a Private in the 10th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. He was killed in action on 20th September 1917, age 39. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 75 to 77), Zonnebeke, West Flanders, Belgium.
Lewis, Edward Rutter, Private 3835
Edward was born in Brewood and married Florence Jones (formerly Lewis), of 22 Woodbourn Road, Attorcliffe, Sheffield. He was living in Brewood when war broke out, and enlisted in Wolverhampton. He served as a Private in the 1st/6th (Territorial Force) Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. He was killed in action on the 13th October 1915, aged 24. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial (Panel 73 to 76), Pas de Calais, France.
Meagher, John Edward
Strawbridge, John, Private 28604
Southall, John, Private 46179
John was born in Brewood, the son of Felix and Catherine Southall, of Bishop’s Wood. He was stilll living in Bishop’s Wood when war broke out. He enlisted in Lichfield and served as a Private in the 9th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, then the 48th Company, Labour Corps. He was killed in action on 18th August 1917, age 42. John was buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row A, Grave 30), in Bailleul, Nord, France.
Titley, Alfred, Private S4/158435, Private 29211
Alfred was born in Lapley, and enlisted in Cannock. He served in the Royal Army Service Corps, then as a Private in the 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. He died of wounds on 1st April 1918 and is buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1 (Plot V, Row A, Grave 39), Somme, France.
The following men are named on the memorial for their service in the Boer War.