The following soldiers all served during World War One and were the sons of John and Clara Oakley of Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes.
Private Ernest William Oakley - Earnest Oakley was born Norton Canes in 1900. He enlisted with the 1st/5th Devon Regiment in January 1918 and after training he was sent to the Somme, where he served on the front line from July-August 1918. During this time he was wounded by a shell and sent back to England, where he was treated at a hospital in Reading. He was discharged in January 1919. He received the General Service and Victory Medals.
Soldier John Oakley (Rank currently unknown) - John Oakley was born in Brownhills in 1897. Before the outbreak of war he worked as a grocers assistant, before enlisting with the 3rd South Staffordshire Regiment in December 1915. No further information available at the moment.
Flight Sergeant Bertram Oakley - Bertram Oakley was born in Lichfield in 1896 and before the war he worked as a labourer. He enlisted with the North Staffordshire Regiment and was initially stationed at Burton and St. Albans. He later transferred to the Royal Air Force and was based in London. He was discharged in December 1918. He received the General Service and Victory Medals.