Archive for October, 2015

Ernest Robinson in uniform. (Cheslyn Hay LHS)

Ernest Robinson in uniform. (Cheslyn Hay LHS)

Thanks to Cheslyn Hay Local History Society, I can now put a face to Ernest Robinson and his father, Stephen, bizarrely killed by a kick from a horse. This updated story may be of interest to those that wonder why Robinson, another victim of the Somme, can appear on two memorials (Cheslyn correctly, Wyrley incorrectly)… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/great-wyrleys-fallen-wwi/private-ernest-robinson-heres-to-you-mr-robinson/

The baby-face William Gretton, likely 17 when the photo was taken. (Walsall Local History Centre)

The baby-face William Gretton, likely 17 when the photo was taken. (Walsall Local History Centre)


13 October 1915 should be a date locally – to borrow a phrase – that will live in infamy. So now, a century on, I feel it is time to tell the brief story of three of our local lads all of whom joined the 2nd North Midland Field Company (Royal Engineers) and would go on to die on the same day and at the same place. Two of these men, Walter Bickley and John Lockett, are commemorated on the Cheslyn Hay war memorial, while the third, William Gretton, appears on the Great Wyrley memorial gates… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/cheslyn-hay/cheslyn-hays-fallen-wwi/sappers-gretton-bickley-and-lockett-cheslyn-and-wyrleys-darkest-day/

Margaret Marshall outside the front of the Black Horse - with Alfred and Clara? Alfred became a brewer and I bet he supplied the beer advertised. (WLHC)

Margaret Marshall outside the front of the Black Horse – with Alfred and Clara? Alfred became a brewer and I bet he supplied the beer advertised. (WLHC)

This article has aimed, through two pubs, to introduce Walsallians and Bloxwegians alike to a little history of a once important cross-roads and centre of an agricultural and mining estate. Nobody bats an eyelid there anymore; and while these buildings have mostly gone, like the miners and the farm workers, the area in many ways is not so different. This article is dedicated to the one constant in our story – the people of Leamore… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/tales-of-lost-leamore/lost-leamore-i-a-horse-of-a-different-colour/