9. Private Joseph Leslie Collis – one of the first pupils at the newly opened Kings Norton Boys School in 1911, who joined the Dorsetshire Regiment in 1916. Joseph was reported as ‘missing’ on 16th May 1917, after an attack on the village of Roeux in the Battle of Arras. He was just nineteen years old.
10. Lance Corporal Leslie Morris Bayley – who came from a well known Black Country family of coal and iron masters. On leaving school, he joined the 3rd Birmingham Pals in 1914 but served with the 11th Royal Warwicks in France from November 1915. He was killed on 23rd May 1917 in the attack on Guemappe in the Battle of Arras. He was an only child
11. Second Lieutenant Frank Bowler Goodison – a Birmingham University medical student when he enlisted in the 1st Birmingham Pals in 1914. He was wounded in 1916 and on recovery joined the Royal Flying Corps with the intention of being a pilot. He was shot down by a German patrol, led by Baron Manfred von Richthofen. He survived but died in a German hospital seven weeks later.
The following men were all killed fighting in the Third Battle of Ypres, or Passchendaele as it is now known.
13. Private William Clement Ward – following his involvement in a British preparatory attack on the German positions south of Ypres at Messines Ridge, William was posted as ‘wounded’ in the war diary for 2 August but as ‘wounded and missing’ in later official papers. He was not officially posted as ‘killed in action’ by the War Office until 21 December 1917. Age 31.
15. Lance-Sergeant William Frederick Hunt – – served in the same battalion of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry as Harry Patch. He was reported as wounded in the Regimental Diary on 16 August, but did not make it back to the British lines as stretcher bearers found it impossible to reach the wounded sinking in a morass of mud. He is one of some 35,000 men with no known grave, whose names appear on the memorial at Tyne Cot, Belgium.
16. Lieutenant Hugh Randolf Ryan-Bell – hit by a sniper whilst leading his company in a successful attempt to capture a farm and subsequently killed as a result of a shell wound the following day. He died on 29 August 1917, age 30. Had he lived he would have received the Distinguished Service Order.