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Lest We Forget
LOWER GORNAL
The Great War 1914 - 1918
A memorial was added to the frontage to the Memorial Hall, Lower Gornal in 1929
The Memorial lists 70 of the Gornal men who have lost their lives in the Great War (1914-1918), many local family names are obvious in the list below.
F. Amphlett T. Cooper W. Hughes T.C. Shaw
T.W. Baker S. Cox J. Hyde B. Simmons
G.T. Bishop W. Cox S. Hyde E. Simmons
W. Blackham T.V. Dann J. Jeavons W.W. Simmons
G. Bowen E. Evans B.C.K. Job A. Smith
F.F. Bowyer H. Greenway J. Jones W.B. Smith
A. Bradley A. Guest J.H. Jones G. Southall
D. Bradley W. Gutteridge W.A. Jones C. Timmins
S. Bradley A. Hale J. Jordan J. Timmins
C. Bradshaw W.E. Hale W.T. Lucas M.M. J.T. Timmins
L. Brookes J. Harries S. Malpass I. Tomlinson
W. Burrows M. Hickin W.H. Nock B. Wasdell
A Clarke A. Hickman G, Painter J. Westwood
H. Clarke M.M. J. Hickman D. Parkes C.S. Whorton
J. Clarke T. Hill W.H. Parkes J. Whorton
A. Collins I. Hopson T. Phipps J.W. Wilkes
W.H. Collins W.H. Hopson W. Powers F.J. Worton
T. Abbiss. W.E. Westwood.
Thomas Abbiss.
36566 Private; Worcestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died on 4th March 1917, aged 27 years.
Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Abbiss, of Straits Road, Lower Gornal; husband of Mary Ann Abbiss, of 91, Himley Road, Lower Gornal.
[Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 5A and 6C.]
Frederick Amphlett.
44355 Private; Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died on 27th September 1918, aged 32 years.
Husband of Mrs. Sarah A. Amphlett, of 27 East Street, Lower Gornal.
[Flesquieres British Cemetery, France. II.B.2]
Thomas William Baker.
20716 Private; Genadier Guards, No. 2 Coy. 4th Battalion.
Died on 22nd September 1916, aged 21 years.
Husband of Phoebe Ann Baker, of 6 The Alley, Straits Road, Lower Gornal.
[St. Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, Somme, France. III.D.4]
G.T. Bishop.
W. Blackham.
Granville Bowen.
15950 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st/6th Battalion.
Died on 27th May 1918, aged 27 years.
Son of Mr. E. Bowen, of 2, Smithy Lane, Pensnett.
[Etaples Military Cemetery, France. LXVIII.D.29]
Frank Fellows Bowyer.
35205 Private; King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 7th Battalion.
Died on 7th October 1916, aged 22 years.
Son of Joseph Richard and Susan Bowyer, 3 Abbey Street, Gornal Wood
[Bancourt British Cemetery, France, Grave VIII. C. 15]
Arthur Bradley.
38134 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd/6th Battalion.
Died on 5th December 1917, age 21 years.
Son of Joseph and Charlotte Bradley, of 89, Summer Lane, Gornal Wood.
[St. Sever Cemetery extension, France. P.V.G.8B]
David Bradley.
Samuel Bradley.
19541 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died on 1 July 1917.
Of Lower Gornal.
[Arras Memorial, France. Bay 6.]
Charles Bradshaw.
5242/241728 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st/6th battalion.
Died on 4th July 1917, age 30 years.
Son of William Henry and Charlotte Henrietta Bradshaw, Charles was step-son of William Hale and lived with him at the Wagon and Horses Inn, Lower Gornal in 1901, later with other Hale family members at Gornal in 1911.
Private Bradshaw was severely wounded during fighting on the outskirts of Lens on 1 July 1917 and died of his wounds.
Charles Bradshaw was originally from Barrow in Furnace, Lancashire, he was employed as a brickyard labourer before the war.
[Choques Military Cemetery, France. I, L, 21]
Leonard Brookes.
235028 Private; Worcestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died on 17th August 1917, age 19 years.
Son of Charlotte Brookes, of 4 Chase Road, Lower Gornal.
[Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium]
William John Burrows.
4355 Private; Worcestershire Regiment, 2nd/7th Battalion.
Died on 17th July 1916, age 19 years.
Son of William and Eliza Jane Burrows, of 40 Brook Street, Gornal Wood.
[Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France. IV. A. 8.]
Arthur Clarke.
241651 Private; King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1st/5th Battalion.
Died on 26th July 1917, age 25 years.
Son of Henry and Elizabeth Clarke, of 26, Brook Street, Lower Gornal; husband of Minnie Clarke, of 27 Prince of Wales Terrace, Pontefract.
[Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France. V.L.5B]
Henry Clarke.
Military Medal, 26/05/1917.
201857 Private; Worcestershire Regiment, 2/7th Battalion.
Died 24 August 1917, age 20 years.
Son of Mr & Mrs. Henry 'Harry' Clarke of 39 Brooks Street, Lower Gornal.
He worked at Baggeridge Colliery before the war.
[Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. XVIII. A. 11A.]
J. Clarke.
A. Collins.
T. Cooper.
Samuel Cox.
William Henry Collins.
46248 Private; Royal Scots, 11th Battalion.
Died on 20 June 1918, age 22 years.
Husband of M. J. Collins, of 41 Himley Road, Gornal Wood,.
[Meteran Military Cemetery, France. V.B.584]
Walter Cox.
3818 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st/6th Battalion.
Died on 13th October 1915, age 28 years.
Son of Thomas and Mary Cox, of Brook Street, Gornal Wood; husband of Mary Anne Cox, of 7, Rock Street, Upper Gornal.
[Loos Memorial, France. 73-76]
1915: Birmingham Daily Gazette, 1 November.
DUDLEY OFFICER KILLED.
Lieutenant T.V. Dann, Lower Gornal, Dudley, has been killed in action in France. Deceased joined the South Staffords in September last year aa a private. His promotion was rapid, and was gazetted a second-lieutenant two months ago. It is less than a year ago that he married the daughter the late Mr. Thomas Gould, solicitor, Petworth House, Lower Gornal.
Tom Vincent Dann.
2nd Leutenant; South Staffordshire Regiment, 6th Battalion.
Tom Dann was mortally wounded during his battalion’s attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13th October 1915
[Tom V. Dann worked at Gibbons' as a Gas Engineer married Ethel Eliza Gould of Petworth House, Lower Gornal in 1914.]
Ernest Evans.
171570 Private; Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 33rd Battaion.
Died on 6th November 1918, age 20 years.
Son of Francis and Eliza Ann Evans, of "Avondale," Red Hall Road, Gornal Wood.
[Locquignol Communal Cemetery, France. (West of Calvary)]
Thomas Henry Greenaway.
100781 Bombardier; Royal Field Artillery, "C" Bty. 114th Bde.
Died on 2nd November 1917, age 22 years.
Son of Thomas and Maria Greenaway, of Gornal Wood.
[Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece. D. 568]
Asa Guest.
LY/467(S) Private; Royal Marine Light Infantry; 2nd R.M. Battalion. R.N. Div.
Died on 28th April 1917, age 27 years.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ezer Guest, of 95 Graveyard Road, Lower Gornal.
[Arras Memorial, France]
W. Gutteridge.
23627 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd battalion.
Died on 26th January 1917, age 40 years.
Son of John and Jane Gutteridge, of 85 Himley Road, Lower Gornal.
[Arras Memorial, France]
A. Hale.
J. Harries.
William Ewart Hale.
21959 Private; Coldstream Guards, 3rd Battalion.
Died on 25th March 1918, age 19 years.
[Arras Memorial, France]
Mark Hickin.
306704 Private; Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 2nd/7th Battalion.
Died on 24th May 1917, age 25 years.
Son of Thomas and Fanny Hickin, of 86 Himley Road, Lower Gornal.
[St. Sever Cemetary Extension, Rouen, France. P.I.G.11B]
A. Hickman.
1796 Gunner; Royal Field Artillery, 4th (Staffs.) Bty. 3rd (North Midland) Bde..
Died on 25th March 1915.
Son of James Henry Hickman, of 21 Abbey Street, Lower Gornal.
[Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France. I.A.70.]
J. Hickman.
G/72694 The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), died on 30th August 1918, age 21 years.
Son of Comfort Hickman, of 23 Ruiton St., Lower Gornal.
[Rancourt Military Cemetery, France. C.7.]
T. Hill.
I. Hopson.
1069178 Private; Canadian Infantry, "C" Coy. 28th Battalion.
Died on 11th October 1918, age 22 years.
Son of Isaiah and Lydia Hopson, of 62 Ruiton Street, Lower Gornal.
[Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, France. D.4.]
William Henry Hopson.
G/72697 Private; The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
Died on 30th August 1918, age 25 years.
Son of James and Mary Jane Hopson, of 13, Barr St., Gornal Wood.
[Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France]
William Hughes.
46211 Private; Royal Scots, 15th Battalion.
Died on 22nd March 1918, age 20 years.
Son of Mary Jane Porter (formerly Hughes), of Vale Street, Ruiton, Upper Gornal, and the late William Hughes.
[Arras Memorial]
Joseph Hyde.
15451 Private; Worcestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died on 11th March 1915, age 18 years.
Son of Mrs. Ann Maria Hyde, of 71 Brookdale, Lower Gornal,.
[Le Touret Memorial, France]
S. Hyde.
J. Jeavons.
Second Lieutenant Job.
Bernard Craig Keble Job.
Second Lieutenant, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 3rd Battalion.
The only son of the Rev. Frederick William Job, Vicar of St. James, Lower Gornal and Emily Francis Job.
Enlisted on the day war broke out, received a commision with rank 2nd Leut., served with Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
He was killed in action 18 April, 1915 in the counter-attack on Hill 80, aged 27 years.
Hill 80: Near the Belgian village of Wijtschate (or Whitesheet as the British called it) was a German outpost.
[Ypes (Menin Gate) Memorial, 45-47.]
John Jones.
48768 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st/6th Battalion.
Died on 20th January 1919, age 24.
Son of Jacob and Eliza Ann Jones, of 5B, The Alley, Gornal Wood.
[St. Chad churchyard, Sedgley.]
John Howard Jones.
117829 Private; Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
Died on 17th October 1916, age 19.
Son of Edward and Maria Jones, of 12 Temple Street, Lower Gornal.
[Buisigny Communal Cemetary Extension, IV. A. 18.]
William Andrew Jones.
37795 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 7th Batallion.
Died on 6th October 1917, age 21 years.
Son of Peter and Elizabeth Jones of 24, Brook Street, Gornal Wood.
[Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. VII.G.14.]
John Jordan.
Private Lucas, M.M.
William Thomas Lucas, M.M.
Military Medal, 10/08/1916.
10618 Private; Leicestershire Regiment, 6th Battalion.
Wounded previously and had returned to France.
Died 30th July, 1916.
He was serving alongside the King's Liverpool Regiment when he was killed during an unsuccessful attack on the village of Guillemont on 30th July, 1916. Heavy casualties resulted.
Awarded Military Medal for gallantry in the field.
Of Graveyard Road, Lower Gornal. [Arras Pas-de-Calais, France. Bay 5]
Samuel Malpass.
241579 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd/6th Batallion.
Died on 9th April 1917, age 24 years.
Son of Benjamin and Mary Ann Malpass, of 7 Turner St, Lower Gornal.
[Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France. II. F. 12.]
William H. Nock.
32151 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment.
Died 26th June 1917, aged 22 years.
Son of Benjamin and Mary Jane Nock, of 55 Lake Street, Lower Gornal.
[Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, France. IV.C.8.] [Memorial at Baptist Church. Robert Street, Lower Gornal]
G. Painter.
Daniel Parkes.
201858 Private; Worcestershire Regiment, 2nd/7th Battalion.
Died 13th September 1917, age 21 years.
Son of John Thomas and Annie Parkes, of 41, Brook St., Gornal Wood.
[Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. IV.D.18.]
William Henry Parkes.
21194 Corporal; Worcestershire Regiment, 3rd Battalion.
Died of wounds on 11th April 1918, age 21 years.
Son of William and Gertrude Parkes, of 17 Prospect Rd., Gornal Wood.
[Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France . V. A. 24.]
Thomas Phipps.
45989 Private; Worcestershire Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Died on 9th October 1917, age 28 years.
Son of Benjamin and Martha Phipps, of 33, Himley Road, Gornal Wood; husband of Mary Phipps, of 25 Waterloo Street, Dudley.
[Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. 75-77]
William Powers.
T.C. Shaw.
Benjamin Simmons.
E. Simmons.
10525; Worcestershire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died on 29 September 1918.
Of Lower Gornal.
Was previously wounded in 1916.
[Domino British Cemetery, Epehy, France I. B. 1.]
William Watton Simmons.
517638 Private; London Regiment (London Scottish) 1st/14th Battalion.
Died on 6th November 1918, age 19 years.
Son of William and Mary Simmons, of 14 Lake Street, Lower Gornal.
[Angre Communal Cemetery, Belgium, I. A. 13. On West side]
Arthur Smith.
35222 Lance Corporal; Worcestershire Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Died on 9th October 1917, age 29 years.
Son of John and Harriet Smith; husband of Elsie Miriam Smith, of "Avondale", Red Hall Road, Gornal Wood.
[Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. 75-77]
William Bernard Smith.
Ordinary Seaman; Royal Navy, H.M.S. "Louvain".
Died on 22 January 1918, age 18 years.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Smith, of 30, Abbey Street, Gornal Wood.
[Syra New British Cemetery, Greece, I.E.4.]
On 21st January, 1918, HMS Louvain was torpedoed and sunk by German U Boat UC 22, just south east of Athens in the Aegean Sea, with the loss of seven officers and 217 men. There were only 16 survivors
G. Southall.
Charles Timmins.
WW1 Memorial picture courtesy of Wesleyan Church, Gornal Wood.
"This tablet is Erected to the Glory of God

and in Memory of the Men of this Church
who Fell in the Great War 1914-1918"

Granville Bowen; Ewart Hale; Arthur Smith
Leonard Brookes; John Jordan; James Timmins
William Collins; William H. Parkes; Charles Timmins
Ernest Evans; William Powers; Fred Worton
Harry Greenaway; Benjamin Simmons
James Timmins.
7980 Rifleman; King's Royal Rifle Corps, 1st Battalion.
Died on 30th October 1914, age 25 years.
Son of Thomas and Rhoda Timmins, of 15 Temple Street, Lower Gornal.
[Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium]
John Timmins.
15484 Private; Worcestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died on 17th May 1915, age 25.
Son of John and Sarah Ann Timmins, of 20 Summit Place, Gornal Wood.
[St. James, Lower Gornal (N/E of Church)]
Isaac Tomlinson.
41748 Private; Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died on 2nd September 1918, age 18 years.
Son of John and Rachel Tomlinson, of 15 Brook Street, Gornal Wood.
[Bancourt British Cemetery, France. I.H.8]
B. Wasdell.
49738 Private; Lincolnshire Regiment, 8th Battalion.
Died on 8th October 1918.
Son of Mrs. E. Wasdell, of 54 Summer Lane, Lower Gornal.
[Naves Communal Cemetery Extension, France. IV.E.1]
Albert Ernest Westwood.
4708 Private; Northumberland Fusiliers, 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion.
Died on 2nd April, 1918.
Son of Mrs. Eliza A. Westwood, of 37, Summer Lane, Lower Gornal.
[Denian Communal Cemetery, France. A.54.]
Job Westwood.
44403 Private; South Wales Borderers 5th Battalion.
Died on 11th April 1918, age 37 years.
Son of Eliza Marsh (formerly Westwood), of 26 Red Hall Road, Lower Gornal.
[Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium]
Sydney Charles Whorton.
31537 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died on 28th October 1917, age 20 years.
Son of William Barton Whorton and Sarah Whorton, of 57 Lake Street, Lower Gornal.
[Etaples Military Cemetary, France. XXX.G.24 ]
John Whorton.
325915 Private; Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars (Worcester Yeomanry).
Died on 30th April 1918, age 23 years.
Son of William Barton Whorton and Sarah Whorton, of 4 Lake Street, Lower Gornal.
[Jeruselem Memorium]
Frederick John Worton.
15461 Serjeant; Lancashire Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion.
Died on 6th April 1917, age 37 years.
Husband of Alice Jane Jones (formerly Worton), of 25 Barr Street, Gornal Wood.
[Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France]
J.W. Wilkes.
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The following not listed on the Memorial:-
John Cartwright.
2619 Private; South Staffordshire Regiment, 1/6th Battalion.
Died 13 October 1915, age 22 years.
Formerly employed at Baggeridge Colliery.
Son of Zachariah and Mary Cartwright, of 3, Straits Green, Lower Gornal.
[LOOS MEMORIAL, France. Panel 73 to 76.]
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At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
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The above named men were researched from the existing Memorial Hall list, some other local names have been discovered, e.g. Straits etc., together with others who may be added when new information is found.
Any corrections, additions, pictures or stories welcomed, please contact me.
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This area is reserved for other decorated military personel who served in The Great War.
William Price, M.M.
Awarded the Military Medal (1917).
Corporal (Acting Sargeant) Cheshire Regiment.
Of 13a Humprey Street, Lower Gornal. Son of Joseph Price.
"For holding his part of the line when troops on his left had fallen back until the position was relieved on the following day"
He worked at Highley Colliery before the war and joined the army in the early stages of the conflict
Arthur William Passmore.
Military Medal 28/01/1918 & Bar 29/08/1918.
201973 Corporal, Worcestershire Regiment, 10th Batallion.
Of 35 Lake Street, Lower Gornal.
He worked at Gibbons Bros., before the war.
Sister Emily Alice Marsh.
Royal Red Cross Medal.
Huddersfield War Hospital.
Second daughter of Mr. Henry Marsh of 'The Poplars', Bank Road, Lower Gornal.
Presented with the Medal at Buckingham Palace by the King.
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