Express and Star WW1 War Memorial


The memorial records the names of not only those who were killed, but also those who served and returned home.

 The Names of the Fallen.

Graham Thomas Eric Second Lieutenant
2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).
Born September 1898 in Wolverhampton son of John Douglas Graham and Clarice Adeline Graham, grandson of Thomas Graham the founder of the Express & Star. In 1901 Thomas is living with his father and younger sister Beatrice and three servants at 'the Poplar' Compton Road, Wolverhampton. Thomas' father is employed as a journalist and author.
By 1911 Thomas is living with his parents at Mathan Lodge, Stockwell End, Tettenhall, along with his younger siblings Beatrice, Clarice, Mary, and Barbara along with three servants. His father is now a newspaper owner and manager.
Thomas was awarded the Military Cross for an action near Frelinghem, three miles northeast of Armentieres 1st October, 1917. The citation reads for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When sent out on a patrol with three men to examine a river, he found a footbridge, crossed it, and made a thorough reconnaissance. On returning, the enemy made an unsuccessful attempt to cut him off, and he withdrew his patrol under fire without a casualty. On the following night when on patrol he was instrumental in the discovery of a second footbridge and owing to his good leadership his patrol gained most valuable information. On both occasions he showed great determination and sound judgment.
Killed in action 24th March 1918 aged 20.
XVII. K. 17. Serre Road Cemetery No.2, Somme, France.

QMS H. T. Gittens 10th Btn, Lincolnshire Regiment.

Pte J Nicholls 2nd Btn South Staffordshire Regiment.

Pte T. J. Price 2nd Btn, Lincolnshire Regiment.

Pte F. Short 7th Btn Leicestershire Regiment.

Pte F. A. Williams 8th Btn South Staffordshire Regiment.
Thanks to the Express & Star for the photograph, and Andy Johnson for his help in obtaining it.