Caleb Halfpenny of the Grenadier Guards

April 19, 20163:07 pm

Guardsman Caleb Halfpenny of All Stretton died 26 October 1914 in Belgium, aged 25. Caleb Halfpenny was born in April 1889 in All Stretton. His family lived at The Overs in Batch valley. His mother was Mary Ann Halfpenny nee Huson, a member of the large Huson family living in the village. There is no […]


Captain Brian Hanbury Sparrow killed in the Baku campaign

April 12, 201611:05 am

Captain Brian Hanbury-Sparrow of Hillside, All Stretton, died 26 August 1918 in Baku, aged 21. Brian Hanbury-Sparrow was born in 1896 in Tettenhall in Staffordshire, the younger son of Alan and Christina Hanbury Sparrow.  Brian’s father, by then a retired solicitor, built Hillside, the impressive Edwardian Villa which stands above the road from All Stretton […]


Gunner Edward Lewis of All Stretton

April 12, 201610:55 am

Gunner [Thomas] Edward Lewis of All Stretton, died 8 October 1918 in France, aged 24. Edward Lewis was born on 24 January 1894, the son of Edward and Rosa Hannah Lewis, the third in a family of 9 children born between 1890 and 1910. Edward gave his birth place as Shifnal on his enlistment papers […]


Hal Simpson and the Friends Ambulance Unit in World War 1

April 4, 20161:58 pm

Alfred Henry Simpson known to all as Hal was born on the 14th June 1890, the son of Henry Simpson who was partner in the Horsehay Company Ltd. Like the Darbys, the Simpson family were members of the Society of Friends and, in late 1914 they faced a dilemma which divided the Society and initiated […]

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