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Help us track down missing Sedgley 20 servicemen

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

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BOTH myself and fellow Sedgley Local History Society member Lawson Hunt have separately researched the names of the servicemen from the Urban District of Coseley who died in the First World War.

Altogether, 350 men from Coseley lost their lives and while we have a total of around 330 names, there are still 20 whom we can't find.

I am certain that the missing 20 servicemen came from areas such as Lanesfield, Parkfields and Ettingshall, as we haven't got the names of many servicemen from these areas.

The absence of a war memorial at Holy Trinity Church in Ettingshall Park, or any records of a memorial at the old Holy Trinity Church, has made the task of finding more servicemen from the Holy Trinity Parish difficult.

At the time of the First World War, the parts of Parkfields within Coseley Urban District were a well-populated area, with terraced houses running all the way along the south side of Parkfield Road.

The southern side of the road was in Coseley Urban District but the northern side was split between Wolverhampton and Bilston.

Part of the south side of Millfields Road, as far as Tarmac Road, were also within Coseley Urban District.

While we have the names of three Lanesfield servicemen, I believe there could have been more.

There are records of eight servicemen who lived on the northern edges of Coseley Urban District but we can't find any more. If there were any more servicemen who died that came from the south side of the Parkfield Road, from Dimmock Street, Edward Street, Martin Street or Bowen Street, from Manor Road, Davis Street and Barlow Street, or from the eastern side of the Wolverhampton Road at Parkfields, would any of their relatives be Bugle readers?

I would be very keen to hear from relatives of servicemen who gave their lives who lived in any of these areas, and servicemen whose names have not yet been recorded.

Thanks

Matt Mills,

104B Dovedale Road,

Ettingshall Park,

WV4 6RB.

Tel: 07545287260

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