World War 2 Project

The Moseley Society History Group has started a new research project on local men killed in World War Two and has been investigating the history of those men who are commemorated on Moseley WW2 war memorials. The stories of the men whose names appear on Moseley WW2 memorials are told here. Photographs of the memorials to these men , taken by Peter Leadbetter, including several fine stained glass windows, can be found here.

We will be producing a booklet and delivering a talk on the men commemorated on the St Mary’s church memorial in April 2022.  We would love to hear from any surviving relatives of these men, particularly if they have any information relating to their war service.

Flight Sergeant Kenneth William Adams
Lieutenant Colonel James George Bullock
Pilot Officer Edgar Alan Dare
Sergeant William Edwin Frederick Lavender
Leading Aircraft Ronald Henry Morgan
Private James Pankshurst
Captain Frederick Edward Reynolds
George Arthur Swain RN
Flight Sergeant Dudley Arthur Ronald Tallis
Lieutenant John Cedric Rogan Type
Lance Colonel Neville Vaughan

If you have details you wish to send us or just wish to get in touch, email Ian Binnie on

Memories of World War II

Previous articles by the History Group describing memories of World War 2 include the story of Suzanne Marburg, a young Jewish girl who died in the ‘Birmingham Blitz’ of 12 December 1940, and the life of Reverend Rosalind Emma Lee, who rescued Suzanne from Nazi Germany and resettled her in England as a refugee.  (Click to read). There is a further article about Suzanne and other victims of the same air raid – the families of the Piccioni brothers in Oxford Road – in the Newsletter October 2012.  (Click to read the newsletter).  You can also read a member’s memories of Coventry burning in a  WWII Memory.


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