5th Dec, 2016

Information sought on Solihull Battle of the Somme heroes

Solihull Editorial 1st Jul, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SOLIHULL Council’s heritage team are appealing for information concerning those who died on the first day of the Battle of Somme on 1 July 1916. 24 men who were residents, or went to school in the borough, lost their lives in the bloodiest day in British Military history.

A special exhibition at the Core called ‘Solihull Remembers’ opened on Saturday 25 June and commemorates the men who died and has further information about those died throughout the course of the war.

The men who died in the fighting on the first day are:

John Balkwill

Geoffrey Jermyn Brand

James Burton

John Thomas Churchill

Harold Clifton

Frederick Percy Cooper

Thomas Cooper

William Henry Furse

Robert Quilter Gilson

John Herbert Hockley

Walter Jennings

Horace Birchall Jones

Maurice Nicholl Kennard

Stratford Walter Ludlow

John Palmer Lyndon

Alfred Mutlow

Harry Rudd

Richard James Smith

George Arthur Smitten

Donald George Harding Truman

Leslie Waters

Albert Weale

James Webster

Willingham Franklin Gell Wiseman

Between July and November 1916, 127 men from Solihull died during the course of the Battle of the Somme.

If you have any information on any of the men, please email heritage@solihull.gov.uk.