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Bravery of Private Glover of Tipton should be recognised now

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

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I FOUND a newspaper article concerning the death and burial of Pte. Edward Glover in 1919.

Edward is buried in Tipton Cemetery, but the grave is not marked with a military headstone.

I am also sure, confirmed by Andrew Johnson, a Bugle reader and World War One researcher, that he does not appear on any roll of honour.

Andrew kindly supplied me with a copy of Edward's death certificate, which stated that he died from meningitis. He also sent to me copies of his surviving army record, which said that in 1916 he was shot in the shoulder and subsequently discharged as unfit for further service in 1917. Edward's twin brother George was never found, he is honoured on the Arras War Memorial in France.

Andrew Johnson is hoping to get Edward's service to King and country recognised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

However, he thought it may not be possible as Edward's death certificate did not make reference to his war wounds. But I know, as told to my Mother who is still living aged 93, by her Mother and my Grandmother, who is Edward's sister Mrs Gertrude Cherrington, that Edward's wounds were very severe.

He had a metal plate in his head and he never fully recovered from the trauma of the battlefield and that his death was primarily due to his wounds of WW1. This is also borne out in the coverage of the funeral by the Tipton Herald.

The newspaper states that Edward's funeral was with full military honours.

This confirms the story told to me by my Mother, as told to her by her Mother Mrs Gertrude Cherrington, who was named as Edward's sister in the article. It said that Edward had the biggest military funeral in Tipton and that Edward's Father, Alfred Glover, arranged the funeral through the British Legion/Federation.

The British Legion was not formed until 1921, but the article refers to the Burnt Tree & Tividale Branch of the Federation, so I assume the Federation was the beginning of what later became the British Legion.

Edward was buried in a family plot; he rests with his Mother and Father, which is why I assumed there was no military headstone.

With 2014 being the centenary year of the start of WW1, I think it would be very appropriate for Pte., Edward Glover, No. 16974, of the South Staffs Regiment, to be recognised in some way.

I have not been able to find out any more information on The Burnt Tree & Tividale Federation, and am wondering if any Bugle readers can help? Regards.

Ro Walker,

rowalker@blueyonder.co.uk

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