Remembering The First World War In Balsall Heath

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This page explores details from Archives and the local press about Balsall Heath men in the war. It is part of a project, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, that has compiled as much information as is possible on the men listed on local memorials and many who survived the war and thus are largely unknown today.

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Above is the war memorial at St Paul's Church, since moved to the Church Centre. Behind it, montaged, are the panel boards with the names of the fallen from WW1 which were displayed in the church. These have long since vanished and this is the only remaining image of them.

The following images are taken from the National Roll of the Great War for Birmingham...

Sumner Of Ladywood Rd

Saunders Of Ladypool Rd

Holt Of Ladypool Road

Holloway Of Ladypool Road

Field Of Ladypool Rd

Bates Of Ladypool Rod

Seager Of Runcorn Rd

Russell Of Runcorn Rd

Warrilow Of Mary St

Walker Of Mary St

Sutton Of Mary St

Shaw Of Mary St

Horton Of Mary Street

E Cleaver Of Mary St

Crozier X 2 Of Mary St

Cleaver Of Mary St

Breakwell Of Mary St

Andrews Of Mary St

The images below are taken from the Birmingham Gazette during the war and offer an interesting range of views and experiences.

24 9 14 Homes For Hungry Children

Above from 24th September 1914

19 Apr 15 Funeral Soldier St Pauls

Above from 19th April 1915

14 November 14 Wounded Man

Above from 14th November 1914

10 May 15 Bh Man On Lusitania Col 6

Above from 10th May 1915

6 Aug 15 Five

Above from 6th August 1915

6 Aug 15 Curate Killed Col 3

Above from 6th August 1915

5 Jan 15  Danger Zone Christmas Letter Home

Above from 5th January 1915

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Above, Sgt Treen is awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal - 6th April 1916

Sweet Pension Paper

Above, first page of the pension papers of Frederick Sweet. Many more papers can be found on the Ancestry site.

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Above: The "Win The War" event in Cannon Hill Park on 21st September 1918. These female workers are all from B.S.A. who made munitions during the war.

Bertie Wilkins Left Lower Son Of Edward And Annie In Ww1

Above: Seated lower left is Bertie Wilkins, son of Annie and Edward. He is seen here with his friends after enrolling in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.