Archive for June, 2015

William Thomas Deakin Sambrook, joint winner of the Russell Challenge Cup in 1916. (Queen Mary's Grammar School)

William Thomas Deakin Sambrook, joint winner of the Russell Challenge Cup in 1916.
(Queen Mary’s Grammar School)

William Sambrook is another name mis-spelt on the Great Wyrley Memorial Gates. Read about this one time star athlete at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, teacher at Great Wyrley Council School and soldier in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Remember him for who he was and give him his name back… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/great-wyrleys-fallen-wwi/william-sambrook-a-race-too-far/

Reginald Coley Woodhouse, former Queen Mary's, Walsall pupil (QMS Magazine December 1918)

Reginald Coley Woodhouse, former Queen Mary’s, Walsall pupil
(QMS Magazine December 1918)

Sometime back I wrote an article about an error on the Great Wyrley memorial gates – that the WMH Woodhouse depicted on the plaques of the fallen should in fact be Reginald Coley Woodhouse. By chance, I found a little more about him… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/great-wyrleys-fallen-wwi/lcpl-reginald-coley-woodhouse-catching-the-irish-mail/

Frank Emberton's DCM, 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. (Staffordshire Regimental Museum)

Frank Emberton’s DCM, 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
(Staffordshire Regimental Museum)


A little bit to add to Frank’s story, thanks to Andrew Thornton and the Staffordshire Regimental Museum…
https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-harrisons-club-great-wyrley-war-memorial-history/the-things-i-have-seen-the-life-of-frank-emberton-d-c-m/

The perambulation of Pelsall, 1634. (Walsall Local History Centre)

The perambulation of Pelsall, 1634.
(Walsall Local History Centre)

As the Archivist at the Walsall Local History Centre I do look after some nice little documents. The Walsall Local History Centre houses a perambulation for the beating of the bounds for the Liberty of Pelsall, which dates back to 1634. A perambulation effectively means the a tour (walk around) of the boundary of a township, manor or whatever it is a perambulation of. I suppose the hope is that some from the locale can actually still trace some of these features or have a good guess as to where they were… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/the-boundaries-of-pelsall-1634/

Houses on Watling St, 1926 - 102 was Frank Emberton's after returning from India. (Historic England)

Houses on Watling St, 1926 – 102 was Frank Emberton’s after returning from India.
(Historic England)

Over the past year or so I have tried to bring back a little of the lives of the fallen soldiers from the locality, in order to show they are not just names on a stone and that they were real people.¬†One problem with this is that the men that fought and survived are often overlooked, after all they had a life didn’t they? In this article I intended to pick a name of a soldier that served and survived at random from the roll of honour at Harrison’s Club, however I did notice that an F Emberton had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and so I thought I would tackle his story. I have published the story today as he would have been celebrating his 130th birthday and his story would take me from Bridgtown, Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley to other places in Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Nothumberland, as well as France, Belgium and India… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-harrisons-club-great-wyrley-war-memorial-history/the-things-i-have-seen-the-life-of-frank-emberton-d-c-m/