Category Archives: Local stories

Joseph Henry Bird (Rank currently unknown)

Joseph Henry Bird was born in Pensnett, Staffordshire c.1872.   Around 1893 he married Jane – maiden name currently unknown. During the early part of the twentieth century, the family appear to move from town to town and this was probably … Continue reading

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Gunner Horace Brassington

Gunner Horace Brassington was born in Heath Hayes c.1895 and was the son of Thomas and Mary Brassington.  By 1915 the family had moved to Chapel Street, Heath Hayes and in November of that year Horace enlisted with the Royal … Continue reading

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Private Joseph Frank Houlston

Private Joseph Frank Houlston was born in Hednesford in 1894 and was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Houlston.   By 1911 the family were living in Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes and Joseph (known as Frank) was recorded as a … Continue reading

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Private Frank Fritz Beniston

Private Frank Beniston was born c.1898 and was the son of  Henry and Martha Beniston of Bank Street, Heath Hayes.   In August 1916 Frank enlisted with the Royal Army Service Corps and in April 1917 was sent to France. … Continue reading

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Corporal G Noble

Corporal G Noble lived on Wimblebury Road, Heath Hayes.  He enlisted with the Cheshire Regiment in February 1915 and after training served at Arras and Ypres. In July 1916 he was injured and was sent back to England to convalesce. … Continue reading

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Corporal James Slater:

Corporal James Slater was born in c.1896, the son of William and Mary Slater of Stafford Street, Heath Hayes.  Before the war James worked as pit pony driver and miner at a local colliery. He went on the enlist with … Continue reading

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A Heath Hayes soldier who captured 12 Germans:

In 1918 a local newspaper reported that: ‘Corporal (Acting Sergeant) S. Robinson from Heath Hayes, had single handedly captured a ‘pill box’ of 12 Germans, who had been overlooked by the front line troops’.  He was later awarded the D.C.M [Distinguished Conduct Medal]. … Continue reading

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Memories of Heath Hayes during the 1914-18 war by Gwen Stanfield, formerly Foster:

Gwendoline Foster was born in 1906 and was the youngest daughter of Albert and Maud Foster, who ran a successful shop and bakery on Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes. In later life Gwen recalled her memories of growing up in Heath … Continue reading

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Gunner George Jones:

George Jones was the son of Edwin and Eliza Jones of Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes. His parents spent several years living and working in America and George was born there in 1886. The family later returned to Heath Hayes and … Continue reading

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Private Arthur Morris, later Lance Corporal:

Arthur Morris was born in June 1898, the son of Charles and Sarah Morris of Cannock Road, Heath Hayes.   Arthur was a member of St. John’s Church Choir and Scout Troop. Shortly before the outbreak of war he was working … Continue reading

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