Appeal for Information on Solihulls war dead

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

3 thoughts on “Appeal for Information on Solihulls war dead”

  1. I have found Alan Tucker’s report re my late great uncle Rowland Hill Burgess who was in the 15th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and who went missing 3 September 1916 on the Somme. Apparently this was announced in your parish magazine that November and his name is on the Solihull Memorial. I would be very interested to know anything about his connection with Solihull, as his family home was in Bolton and he was unmarried. I have been researching him and have seen his name on the Thiepval memorial, and the area where he met his demise. I am the granddaughter of his younger brother. Hoping to hear from you. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for contacting us. As far as I know, all of the information regarding the soldiers is held with Solihull Councils heritage team. They can be contacted via email at The parish council does not hold records of this nature.

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